Crowned Plover (Vanellus coronatus) stops 5-ton truck!

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Camera : Canon EOS 550D
Location : On our smallholding, Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa
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Last week my husband had to pull the truck out of the workshop to deliver a tractor to a customer and as he got a couple of meters from the workshop gate, he was confronted by a very angry Crowned Plover, standing in front of the approaching truck, wings spread and loudly proclaiming her intent on not moving!

Read how this little Crowned Plover stopped my husband’s 5-ton truck to save her nest!

The Crowned Plover (Vanellus coronatus) occurs across much of sub-Saharan Africa; in southern Africa it is common in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, northern and south-western South Africa and southern Mozambique. It generally prefers dry, open grassland, sparse woodland, open areas in Karoo scrub and man-made habitats, such as open fields, short pastures, airports, golf courses and roadsides.

They build their nests totally in the open and only after the grass has been cut on our smallholding. No trees, long grass or any other sort of cover for hundreds of meters around them. It always amazes me that they face the elements this way, with no cover whatsoever, but understandably it gives them a wide range of sight to see any predators approaching.


23rd October 2013 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”

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