Masked Lapwing

"Spur-winged Plover"

Vanellus miles novaehollandiae

Cape York, Queensland, Australia, 2012

I was terrified of these guys when I was a kid. I remember being attacked by squadrons of them. They sank battleships around me. Their frightening screams in my face just increasing the fear of their legend... I was told that they had spurs on their wings and they would rip all the skin from my puny bones... I just knew them then as "Plovers". 

Actually I was attacked often and they never came in contact with me. I think they are all show. 

...and what a show. Just keep away from them when they're nesting!