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Irate masked lapwing. Picture by Mel White.

Recently I was on assignment for National Geographic magazine in Cairns, Australia, when I had an encounter with one of the angry birds from the book. I was taking a photo of a female masked lapwing on her nest in a park when I noticed the male running toward me, looking very irritated. Since these birds are famous for attacking people who get too close to their nests, I decided that the photo session was over and retreated. Photo by Mel White.