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…

Brolga

Bird Photography Challenge #39: The Brolga

The Brolga (Grus rubicunda) is the only endemic crane in Australia and is known for spectacular dance displays by both sexes during breeding season. This stately bird being usually seen in the tropics, it was quite a surprise to come across it in Victoria. and although the photographs were taken 12 to 18 months ago, it…

Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

Bird Photography Challenge #17: Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

A distinctive and handsome wader, the Yellow-Billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) is sensitive to changing water availability.  You often see pairs, but less frequently do they appear in large flocks.   So when in November after a period of heavy rainfall a large group was feeding in the Western Wetlands, near Melbourne, it was a delight to…