In August 2006, we posted an account of the Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) seen around the Singapore Zoological Gardens LINK. This Australian lapwing apparently escaped from the zoo and became free-ranging, often seen in and around the zoo as well as the Central Catchment Reserve.
Six years on, Sim Kian Peng reported that the population of these lapwings has increased: “I spotted a group of 15-18 in a flock along the stretch of Sungei Bedok. I see them regularly now in groups of 2s, 4s, 10s and flying singlly around that vicinity. I have also taken a number of photographs when they are feeding on the ground or in flight. I am excited to see them establishing a small population here away from their native AU/NZ homes. I am glad also to see juveniles flying among the flocks.”
Sim Kian Peng