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Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Yellow Wattled Lapwing
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Copyright: Kedar Kulkarni (kedarkulkarni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 234 W: 0 N: 346] (1459)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-02 1:31
Viewed: 3899
Points: 28
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In the dry lands of India Red & Yellow wattled Lapwings are commonly found. Red wattled is very common. I will post Red wattled tomorrow. These both types of lapwings make a loud sound as Ti-Ti-Tiv, thats the reason they are called as Titvi in Marathi. These birds lay eggs on the land and for protecting the eggs / kids they continuously monitor that area and make loud and high pitched noise to provide the protection. The defense technique that we observed few days back was - they moved away from their eggs and started making noise so that we would get destracted in their direction and their eggs remain safe.

More information from Wikipedia -

The Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus malabaricus, is a lapwing, a group of medium sized waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a resident breeder restricted to the Indian Subcontinent and occurs in lowland dry habitats.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds found in dry stony and open grassland or scrub habitats. They are medium-sized pale brown waders with a black crown which is separated from the brown on the neck by a narrow white band and large yellow facial wattles. The chin and throat are black and the brown neck and upper breast is separated from the white belly by a narrow blackish line. The tail has a subterminal black band which does not extend into the outer tail-feathers. There is a white wingbar on the inner half of the wing. The bill is yellow at the base. They have tiny yellow carpal spurs. The crown feathers can be raised slightly in displays. They are mostly sedentary but populations make long distance movements in response to the monsoons. They are occasional visitors to the Katmandu valley in Nepal.[1][2]

There are no recognized races, but there is a size increase from south to north. They are 260-280mm long with a wing of 192-211mm, bill 23-26mm, tarsus 57-66mm and tail 71-84mm. Juveniles have a brown crown and the sexes are alike but males have slightly longer wings and tarsi. The call is a sharp tchee-it call.[2]

Habitat and distribution
This species is common in much of India, being seen in a variety of open lowland habitats. It tends to be seen in drier habitats than the Red-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus indicus. They are found in most parts of India, parts of Pakistan[5] Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Behaviour and ecology
These lapwings breed in the dry season with peak breeding in March to May ahead of the monsoons.[6][7] They lay four eggs in a ground scrape.[8] Parents visit water and wet their breast feathers which may then be used to cool the eggs or chicks.[9] The four eggs typically hatch simultaneously, even though they are laid with a difference of a few days.[10] The nidifugous young are well camouflaged as they forage with the parents. Chicks squat flat on the ground and freeze when parents emit an alarm call. Chicks from a previous brood may sometimes continue to live in the vicinity of their parents although they are not .[11] Simultaneous courtship displays among several pairs in a tight groups has been noted.[12]

The food of the Yellow-wattled Lapwing is beetles, termites and other invertebrates, which are picked from the ground. [3] The feather mite Magimelia dolichosikya has been noted as an ectoparasite of this species.[13]

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Good capture of this Lapwing looking intently for the insect on the ground.
The colours are very natural in this picture.

Hi Kedar,
A very good capture of this beautiful lapwing. Very good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-02 3:10]

Hello Kedar
Nice capture. Well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-02 3:23]

Hello Kedar,
Very nice shot at low angle. Razor sharp image with perfect exposure. Colors are natural and well contrasted. TFS
Best regards Siggi

nice sharp capture of this lapwing, especially the sunlight made the backgroung more beautiful . TFS.

hello Kedar
very fine shot and photo from this unknown type for me
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-07-02 9:17]

Hola amigo,
interesante captura,
pov y foco excelentes...
saludos Kedar.

Hello Kedar, wonderful shot of this lovely bird with wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-02 12:24]

Hi Kedar. Firstly thanks for the interesting notes to go with this fine picture of the Yellow Wattled Lapwing . We can see where it gets its name from. You have taken this with good detail and natural looking colours. well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-02 12:31]

Hello Kedar,
A fine capture of a Yellow-wattled Lapwing taken from a fine POV on its dry grassy habitat with good sharpness. Not an easy species to get as close to as this!
Thanks and best regards,

Hi and Good Morning Kedar,
An awesome capture of this pretty lapwing which i am seeing this species firstly. Great POV with wonderful details and sharpness. Fine composition too.
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Kedar
a fine image of this Lapwing, great composition with nice details
beautiful pose and POV, superb lighting
I like the yellow face and legs
Have a good day

Hello Kedar,

Good catch of the lapwing, the colors are pleasantly warm and I think the pose in action search is interesting. I like these birds. Here are similar species. Good job, complete with a very good note.

Regards & TFS!


Hi Kedar,
Nice photo with great monochromatic tones. Interesting POV. Maybe You could have used faster shutter speed with smaller aperture - although unfortunately You failed to share exif infos with us - because the right leg, which was in move, became blurred. Not a big mistake, but something to be alert of. Anyway, tfs.
Best regards from Hungary, László

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