This will be a rather more brief than normal WBW - I'm still dealing with intermittently poor, but consistently frustrating internet access. Comments from me may be a bit delayed this week!
This bird is a Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles). It's a common and highly visible bird, seeming to enjoy taking up residence on the grassy patches in the middle of roundabouts and sports ovals. It is a shade under 40 cm long - but packs a good deal more aggression that than its size would suggest possible.
I had hoped to be able to capture the sharp bony spurs that stick out from the "shoulders" of the wings - but this bird is too relaxed to show them. These spurs are used to attack predators - including dogs and humans! They also give the bird its "old" common name of Spur-Winged Plover.
Incidentally, these pictures were taken with my camera snuggled down into a pillow that was bent over the door of my car. Its a great way to support a long lens.
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