What is that bird doing?
At this time of year, masked lapwing pairs are nesting and starting to raise a family. They normally nest on the ground and like to choose open spaces such as ovals, parks or even driveways as a nest site. Sometimes they choose locations that look a bit odd to us (like nature strips or shopping malls) but the best way to help is usually to leave them alone.
To protect their young, lapwings will instinctively swoop intruders who get a bit too close – so it’s best to stay away if you can. Tampering with a nest is not only illegal, but it actually prolongs the activity as the determined parents will build a new nest in the same place if it is disturbed. Our advice? Enjoy watching these spunky and fascinating birds from a distance and in a few weeks, the chicks and their proud parents will move on.
For more information on how to respond to swopping birds, check out our fact sheet!
Please call 13 000 94535 or click through here to log a case directly. Our service responds to all sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife enquiries.
Come along and learn all about wildlife in your backyard - we'll be telling you stories, providing tips to living harmoniously with our fantastic native species, and you'll hear from experts in the field. These events are FREE and we welcome all ages. Further dates and locations will be announced shortly.
Monday 8 August 2016: Register Now
The Arena, NAB, 700 Bourke Street, Melbourne, from 5:45pm - 8:00pm
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Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington, from 2:00pm - 4:15pm
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Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Box Hill, from 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Over 12 months to the end of June we responded to a staggering 38,849 animals.
5,776 were kangaroos mainly hit by cars, so please slow down and stay safe especially at dusk till dawn. The busiest areas for “car wins over kangaroos” confrontations are those on the fringes of Melbourne.
Ringtail and brushtail possums are the next vulnerable species predominantly hurt and killed by our sweet moggies who are sadly venomous for these natives. Please keep your cats indoors especially during the night and help protect our wildlife.
Our majestic magpies, pretty rainbow lorikeets and mysterious ravens are also preyed upon by the vagaries of trying to co-exist with humans. Again moggies have a big impact on our native birds so responsible pet ownership is a must. Please have a read of our fact sheet.
Where our wildlife get into the most strife is in the Melbourne City Council precinct where we receive all manner of calls. The council don’t want to help us and believe wildlife is not their responsibility but their lovely staff do what they can and call us when they see an animal in strife.
Whittlesea Council area also keeps us busy with kangaroo calls which peak around full moon when the whole mob are most active. Our amazing kangaroo rescuers risk life and limbs to help these animals they love but are forced to euthanise too many due to the extent of the injuries inflicted. The good part is that they rescue hundreds of little joeys from their dead mums who are then hand reared by dedicated wildlife carers before they are big and beautiful enough to re-join the mob. This council too do not think it is their responsibility to look after wildlife and let our generous and wonderful supporters foot the cost.
So enjoy our wildlife but don’t get too close, they are wild and we want to keep them that way – right!
Thanks for caring and when you find wildlife that needs help give us a call.