The parental instincts of a pair of plovers who decided to nest beside a Shepparton roadside has proved sound, after they successfully hatched a pair of chicks this week.By Darren Linton
They might have chosen an unusual place to raise a family, but Shepparton’s roadside plovers have successfully hatched two chicks.
The female masked lapwing is still sitting on the other two eggs yet to hatch, while the male bird now has the dual duty of watching over the chicks and standing sentry in case intruders approach the nesting area.
An expert from Birds Australia suggested while unusual, the nesting site so close to a private road that has several hundred traffic movements a day actually afforded additional protection.
The movement of cars and people so close to the nest means predators such as snakes and foxes are less likely to be around.
Although not fazed by cars passing within a metre of the nest or people walking along a nearby path, the birds’ aggressive protection of their nest was evident yesterday when a rabbit tried to graze nearby.
The rabbit was swooped and tormented until it wisely hopped away.
About 3000 people made their way to Tatura for a day of fun and fashion at yesterday's Italian Plate Festival race meet.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
Led by captain Mark Peterson and opening bowler Keith Chalmers, Echuca South earned a comfortable win against Cooma.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.