The Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) – Vanellus armatus
This might just be my least favorite bird in the field. Though beautiful in its own right, the Blacksmith Plover (its old name and as I know it) has one very daunting characteristic. This lovely bird is not named a blacksmith for its colour. Oh no, it is named such after its piercing metallic click… just like that of a blacksmith’s hammer on an anvil. Now if this is not enough, the plover uses his lovely melodious sounds to warn off predators.. It would have been great if the plover could recognise the antics of a photographer in the field for it was… There are few things in life as annoying as crawling up to a bird, getting everything set for that perfect photo, when a plover suddenly starts up behind you somewhere, chasing away all things alive…
But my disliking aside, the Blacksmith Plover has adapted amazing well to human interference and can be found from the shorelines of most inland water systems, estuaries, short grassland, sports fields, wet pastures and mudflats. They live on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans, worms and insects.
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