Masked Lapwing Display Flights

The Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) are still thinking about mating, even as autumn approaches. Not much brain in a lapwing, to be fair. These are the birds that decided amidst the rolling acres of grassland and lake the best place to nest was the middle of the carpark. Several spaces had to be taped off for months. Not great thinkers, really.

There are a couple of males courting a female. They do this with astonishing display flights, demonstrating what incredible aerial athletes they are.

Standing on the Path
Pulling some high g
Over the waterlilies
Turning hard
Overbanking

(More pictures from NZ coming soon, but our local wildlife here in Brisbane is also bloody impressive.)

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