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.DARREN LINTON November 16, 2012 4:40am
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.
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