Plover Season

Two new birds arrived on our front lawn today. They are Masked Lapwings, commonly known as plovers. They are a common bird mostly found in open lands such as parkland, sporting ovals, and yards.

This is a pair I snapped previously. Their chick is on the far left.

a plover family

They can be aggressive this time of the year during their breeding season. They lay their eggs directly on the ground and that is what happened today.

plover eggWe thought they had abandoned the egg as they moved away after the resident magpie family didn’t approve. It is now dusk and one has returned to sit on the egg. So we will see what happens.

The magpies also are busy building nests so it could be interesting.

South Coast Snippets

Just two hours south of Sydney and you feel as if you are in another world. Rolling green hills right down to the water and the endless beaches make you want to stay forever. We have friends who live in this glorious environment so we get to enjoy it now and again.

Our first stop was for a walk around Gerringong.  Not the best day for a photo. We had a coffee at a cafe with a view right over the coastline! We returned later that evening for a pizza at a local cafe (pretty good too), then across the road to the local town hall to watch a movie with Pics and Flicks.  A fun night, as long as you remember to take a cushion!

When the sun shines, the countryside glows, especially when it is so green.

We found some friendly locals!

A wild duck family was enjoying an outing!

A plover couple was defending their young chick (on the left at the edge of the grass). One of the birds stretched out its wings on our approach as if to say “STOP”!

A trip down south wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. This time it was Seven Mile Beach.

The weather wasn’t the greatest but there were plenty of surf school members braving the cold water.

Fortunately there are still some of the original holiday houses  around.

Our walk was rewarded with a coffee at a local cafe.

Our trip wouldn’t be complete without a tour of our friend’s vegie garden.

These are just a couple of the many things that she manages to grow.

Seeing all the vegies growing and meeting the new chooks, succeeded in making us totally envious of living in the country!!!