RFI - how do you deal with swooping lapwings?

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Subject: RFI - how do you deal with swooping lapwings?
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2007 18:23:12 +1000
Possibly try walking on the other side of the street. Unlike maggies, the lapwings don't have a fixed defensive territory - rather a set
distance from where-ever the chicks are wandering at the time.

Regards, Laurie.

On Saturday, September 1, 2007, at 11:01  AM, Trevor Hampel wrote:

Yesterday on my birding blog I had a very worried mother ask a
perplexing question about dealing with swooping plovers (lapwings).

I am looking for solutions to her problem. Here is what she said:

"My 4 children (5, 7, 9 and 11) were attacked this morning by a group of plovers (a few pairs)they all have young at the moment. They were on their way to the bus stop and the plovers separated the children and were swooping and dive bombing them. They arrived back home shrieking and crying they were so unsettled by the experience. Having come on the internet to see what to do, I have read that they usually do not attack groups… 2 of my children lay on the ground to show they were not hostile. We do not have an alternate route to take … any ideas on what we can do?"

Do readers of Birding-Aus have any solutions?

You can reply to the list, to me personally or on my blog in the
comments section here:

Thanks for your help.


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