Spur-Winged Plovers are an Australian wading bird species that self-introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th Century. Known in Australia as the masked lapwing, spur-wing plovers are not a true plover. Found throughout New Zealand, spur-wing plovers are easily identified by their yellow faces and wattles, and their shrill calls, often heard at night.
Although a wading bird, plovers can be found in a wide range of habitats, and are common on pastures and within other grassed areas such as parks.
As in other parts of New Zealand, spur-winged plovers can be found throughout Marlborough.
The birds shown were observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.
Location: Latitude: -41.545059 Longitude: 173.958481"
Image Date: 28/8/2013
Photographer: Christopher Cookson