Red-wattled Lapwing defending its chick

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While out photographing birds at Sungei Balang in nearby Johor, Malaysia recently, Johnny Wee had an exciting encounter with an aggressive Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus).

There were no signs of any lapwings around, nesting or otherwise but obviously the nest was well hidden somewhere. Suddenly, shrill cries filled the air as one Red-wattled Lapwing flew directly at Johnny.

The other bird was on the ground, crying loudly. It was then that the chick was spotted some distance away. Obviously the bird on the ground was trying to distract the intruding photographer. Once considered safe, the two adults led the chick away (above).

These birds are well known for their aggressive distractive ways.

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