This hooded plover drawing of mine is a new work for a forthcoming exhibition. It dances with the black swans and gulls at Williamstown, in the photos below. A fitting photo setting given how wonderfully performance heavy March has been.
For those of you who may have missed it, here is G's post, Dazzle and a fair amount of woo, on The Australian Ballet's Don Quixote.
And here, reflected in the mirrors of the Playhouse foyer, is the two of us (as part of The Foyer Series of instagram captures) at the Bell Shakespeare's Henry 4.
(Other name: Hooded dotterel)
My guidebook describes this bird as 'tubby', but I think this is a little harsh. There is a certain roundness, but tubby? No, I don't think so.
The Hooded plover of ocean beaches (and inland salt lakes in s. WA), is recognisable by its black hood and throat. Its white rear collar distinguishes it from other (adult) waders. Its voice is a short, piping 'pert peet' or a barking 'kew kew' when in flight.
The habitat is the broad sandy ocean (and occasionally bay) beaches where the seaweed is plentiful and there is adjacent dune wilderness. It is fond also of weedy rock shelves and reefs, and tidal flats upon occasion.
Its conservation status in Victoria is Endangered.