Debbie’s quotation inspired image
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
If anyone has encountered a Masked Lapwing, they will give you the truth. Come near my nest and look out. Trouble is Masked Lapwings, or Plovers as they are generally known, lay their eggs anywhere they want. I have seen nests in the middle of football fields or on the grass verge on the side of a road.
They will defend their right to be casual egg layers quite violently. They have spurs on their wings which can be quite nasty if attacked.