Grey-headed Lapwings (Vanellus cinereus) have shown increased migratory numbers to the peninsular over the past two decades. I saw at least 9 today at this site and all looked like adults, but Hayman et al. (1986) state that juveniles are “difficult to differentiate in the field after November”.
The close-up in Post 2 shows the bare parts in the face. The iris is described as red but note that there is an inner lighter yellow-red rim. I had not noticed before that the small loral wattle is connected to the yellow eyelid rim; possibly this is usually hidden by feathers.
The bird in Post 1 and 2 appears to be still in breeding plumage.
Post 3 and 4 showing preening and ruffled feathers of another bird.
- Don Taylor, Stephen Message (2005). Waders of Europe, Asia and North America. Helm.
- Hayman, Marchant, Prater (1986). Shorebirds: an identification guide to the waders of the world. Christopher Helm, London.
- Wells, D.R. (1999) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 1 (Non-Passerines). Christopher Helm, London
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, extensive wetlands
Date: 7th January 2021
Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone