I’ve written about the Southern Lapwings, our bird vecinos the in the field behind us a few times. The Southern Lapwing is big plover that is gray, black, and white with a small blaze of red on their wings, red eyes and legs.
Our mated pair is now raising a clutch of three little Southern Lapwing chicks out in the back campo. They are even more protective of their turf now, dive-bombing even the flycatchers and wrens into submission. The little ones skitter around, as young do, with Mom and Dad trying to corral them between them.
While trying to take pictures of the family the other day I experienced the adults blitzing tactics first hand. Both Mom and Dad Lapwing fluff up their feathers, bend their heads and necks, and make the loud Lapwing “honk” that we’ve come to know day and night. If that doesn’t work they take to the air in a dual bombing raid. Not wanting to get them too riled up I stayed far away from their nest in the corner of the field, but even that was too close for them.
Life in the campo, I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot noisier in the coming weeks.