This beautiful little bird is said by some to be in danger of extinction. Some surveys put their numbers on the Victorian coast in the mere hundreds. In Western Australia the count is in the thousands. However, these two populations do not mix. They are not migratory. Hence, the Victorian population may well be at some risk. Parks Victoria has a detailed management plan which includes extensive public involvement to protect this bird.
The hooded plover seems to favour nesting in shallow scrapes in the sand on beaches, without the usual cover and security sought by most nesting birds. It is thus vulnerable to many obvious threats.
But I know a beach where they are plentiful. They appear to be breeding prolifically with an abundance of chicks and adults easily located any evening on and near the beach. These photos were taken on that beach an hour or so before sunset on the last day of 2018.