Masked Lapwing

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Subject: Masked Lapwing
From: "Paul & Irene Osborn" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 22:59:38 +1000
It's about five weeks. We have a pair who have nested on an island in our dam three times in quick succession this year. They have always done the usual noisy divebombing which I mostly ignored, having been told that they are all 'bark and no bite'. During the most recent nesting, however, the male has become extremely aggressive and has hit me a number of times. On one occasion he was swooping at me as I was bending down to pull out a fireweed. I stood up suddenly and he hurtled straight into my back. He wobbled off and landed, obviously stunned and I had a rest from the constant divebombing. On the following day he started up again and attacked our grandson, delivering a puncture wound and bruising to the lower back. I suspect that the loss of the first two broods, shortly after the chicks left the island, has made him more desperate to defend his young this time around. I hope this lot of chicks survive as I am tired of not being able to work my property in peace.
Paul Osborn
Bulahdelah, NSW

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