aggressive plovers (was swooping magpie)

To: Tom Wilson <>
Subject: aggressive plovers (was swooping magpie)
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 20:43:56 +1000
Tom Wilson wrote:
> Re Mike Simpson's message " Not sure about the magpies, but there are
> a pair
> of spur-winged plovers in my local park with a pair of chicks, and the
> male
> will swoop on anyone/anything which approaches them, he actually hit
> my dog
> yesterday when we got too near. He also made a stream of calls before
> the
> attack..."
> the pair of masked lapwings at Apple Tree Bay in Ku-rin-Gai NP (N
> Sydney)
> were certainly not afraid to take on my 3 yea old son and his tricycle
> last
> Sunday in defence of their one chick - 3-year old David was not
> impressed at
> all and had to be rescued!
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson
Back in the days when Masked Lapwings were still known as Spur-Winged
Plovers, we were staying in Portland. Our host's kids were late home
from school and were scolded. "Why didn't you cut across the
golf-course?"  "We couldn't , Mum, we got ploved.."

Anthea Fleming
in Ivanhoe, Vic.

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