Grey-headed Lapwing 

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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”.

Post 1.

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.

Post 2.

The bird in Post 1 and 2 appears to be still in breeding plumage.

Post 3.

Post 3 and 4 showing preening and ruffled feathers of another bird.

Post 4.

References

  1. Don Taylor, Stephen Message (2005). Waders of Europe, Asia and North America. Helm.
  2. Hayman, Marchant, Prater (1986). Shorebirds: an identification guide to the waders of the world. Christopher Helm, London.
  3. 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

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