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    Post by Joy on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:41 pm

    A beautiful masked lapwing decided to come looking for food in our front yard.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:46 pm

    THe masked lapwing has a lovely yellow wattle on each side of its beak.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:47 pm

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    Post by Joy on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:51 pm

    The masked lapwing has spurs on the front of its wings which are used for attacking anything it believes to be menacing its nest or young. They are visible in this pic & can be seen as small orange spurs in the black patches.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:55 pm

    Pecking at the budgie seed Bruce left for the seed eating doves & sparrows. Magpies have also been eating it. Both magpies & masked lapwings are carnivores, eating mostly grubs worms & sometimes crickets if they can get them.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 13 Nov 2016, 2:56 pm

    Rear view hunting for grubs & worms. Masked Lapwings seem to be able to hear their underground prey  They aren't usually surface feeders which made it all the more surprising when it started eating the bird seed.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10:12 am

    While the beautiful masked lapwing was still feeding in our front yard a kookaburra arrived. Seems it had noticed Bruce feeding the Australian magpies in our yard with raw sausage meat & wanted to try its luck.  Bruce never misses an opportunity so he was quick with the sausage meat offering. These birds are also known as Laughing Kookaburras due to their calls when telling other kookas to keep out of their territory.  With its large beak squat body & stumpy legs the Kookaburra is so different in build to the masked lapwing with itts long skinny elegant legs.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10:28 am

    Kookaburras are carnivores Common prey includes mice & similar-sized small mammals, large insects,lizards small birds & nestlings & most famously, snakes. Small prey are preferred, but kookaburras sometimes take large creatures, including venomous snakes, much longer than their bodies. They are members of the kingfisher family & are native to Australia.


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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10:29 am

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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10:34 am

    Yes it's dead. Kookaburras have large strong beaks  short thick necks & stumpy legs.  They need this type of build in order to kill snakes which they eat.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10:37 am

    A typical kookaburra stance looking down on its food or 'prey'.
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