I couldn’t believe my eyes, there on the road in front of me as I was driving, was a tiny baby plover. There was a plover nest in the middle of a vacant block and the plovers had spent time chasing away anything that even walked near the block. Now here was the bay all alone in the street.
I stopped and got the camera out
To my amazement, there were 3 more babies, then an adult bird came and sort of looked at the babies scrambling all over the road.
A car came and carefully drove onto the footpath and away. The baby birds were all over the road..so much for the parents looking after them. Finally they got across the road and I continued on my merry way
The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent, New Zealand and New Guinea. It spends most of its time on the ground searching for food such as insects and worms
Breeding usually happens after winter solstice (June 21), but sometimes before. The nesting pair defends their territory against all intruders by calling loudly, spreading their wings, and then swooping fast and low, and where necessary striking at interlopers with their feet and attacking animals on the ground with a conspicuous yellow spur on the carpal joint of the wing.