Masked Lapwings and Shoalhaven Wonga pigeons

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Subject: Masked Lapwings and Shoalhaven Wonga pigeons
From: jude hopwood <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:31:53 +1100
ML 1. Two and a half weeks ago when cruising through Shoalhaven, Lake Burrell was the centre of Masked Lapwing breeding on footpaths outside many homes along the lake's shore. A wonderful thing although nerve-wracking to see DY running around playing in the grasses with people walking past with dogs on leashes and no attacks from the parent birds! 
ML 2. Further to reports I'd made last year of the desperate and repeated efforts of a pair to breed in an enclosed courtyard at a school where I worked. At least 4 lots of eggs from the same pair were removed by the school gardener before they gave up. Pleas for clemency remained unheard.

Yesterday at Fisherman's Paradise, a pair of Wonga pigeons booming away in the conservation reserve at the boat ramp. Interestingly, the local authorities have developed a formal BMX bike circuit in a small space right next to this dense piece of (weed-infested) forest.
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