Masked lapwing

Bird Photography Challenge #57: Masked Lapwing

A shorebird that is well known for its gutsy behaviour in wide open places, the Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) certainly makes an impression.  With its raucous call and distinctive appearance, this plover is the unmistakable subject of our #57 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like?   The Masked Lapwing is a large ground-dwelling…

Hooded Plover

Bird Photography Challenge #51: Hooded Plover

While we were away cruising Bass Strait, we paused our regular Bird Photography Challenge posts.  But we are back on land now.  So for our return to our fortnightly posting, we are making the Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) the star of our #51 Bird Photography Challenge. The “hoody” as we affectionately call it, inhabits sandy…

Bird Photography Challenge #25: Red-Capped Dotterel

The Red-Capped Dotterel (Charadrius ruficapillus) is one of the most widespread beach nesting shorebirds in Australia and yet we had never been able to observe this wader at close quarters, let alone photograph it. It was particularly exciting to discover this little creature on my birthday, and it is with great pleasure that we are…