Carrying on the chick theme. This is a masked lapwing (plover), adult and chick. These little framed prints were on display at Adelaide Zoo a few years back (box frames by @corbanblair ).
It seems Plovers like to nest in quite inappropriate places, school playing fields, top of roofs etc. They are very protective of their nests and chicks. Adults will dive bomb intruders and use loud noises, however actual contact attacks are rare.
A few things you can do:
If the nest site is in a vulnerable position, a protective fence/table/chair can be placed over the nest site so that the birds can come and go safely until the chicks are hatched.
If you have plovers swooping in your area, try to avoid the nesting area and do not antagonise the birds.
If you cannot avoid the area, try not to walk directly towards the birds or make eye contact with them. Wearing a large hat or bike helmet when in their vicinity can also help.
Once the chicks have hatched, the level of attacks will significantly decrease.
Did you know the chicks are able to leave the nest and feed themselves a few hours after hatching? The Parents provide the protection, direction and warmth! #maskedlapwing #plover