Spurwinged Plover or Masked Lapwing

I’ve always know this species as the Spurwinged Plover, but my field guide to birds tells me that they have been renamed as the Masked Lapwing.  The name ‘Spurwing’ refers to the bony ‘spurs’ which the birds have on their shoulder, and which they can use for defence. Appearing approximately eight months ago, the Plovers … Continue reading Spurwinged Plover or Masked Lapwing

Five minutes of good rain

For the first time in weeks – it seems like a couple of months – it rained here. Well, we had good rain for a whole five minutes.  After that, only fine drizzle for a few minutes at a time over an hour or so.  The forecast predicts more rainfall over the next couple of … Continue reading Five minutes of good rain