June 5 - 12, 2011
While I was not specifically birding, I find that the golf course is a great place to find all manner of unexpected encounters with local wildlife. We vacationed on Aruba the week of June 5, 2011.
On June 7th at DiviLinks, I met the local Burrowing Owl and also
the Southern Lapwing.
Burrowing Owls photos by Lee Fuller
The pair of Southern Lapwings were
protecting a nest near the 9th green. Any time a golfer came near
the green, both birds swooped in on them to try to scare them
away from the nest. I took some photos of this behavior as they
swept in on me.
Southern Lapwing photos by Lee Fuller
It was a very intimidating experience, and I apologize for the poor
quality of the photos but I was ducking for cover at the time!
Lee, your photos are terrific, though sorry you felt under attack. That, of course,
was their goal, as you say, to protect their nest. Thanks for sending your photos
and your fascinating experience.
Allison and Jeff Wells