crabbing

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longer legs 

keep feathers dry

at feed time

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This pair of Masked Lapwings, (Spur Winged Plovers) were convinced there was some tasty morsel or two waiting for them on the shore at Ricketts Point. Usually they are seen in wetlands or roadsides, anywhere food is offering. They often set up nests in parklands and school grounds and then a problem arises. Both male and female have a spur on one wing and aggressively defend their nest. This can result in wounds to the heads of unwary humans and other animals. Otherwise their haunting cry at night is a sign their is life in the neighbourhood grasslands.

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6 thoughts on “crabbing

  1. Interesting to learn about the wing spurs. Your haiku and photo go together well. The birds look so well groomed you can well imagine that they would want to stay high above the wet and mud.

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