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|The Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) is a lapwing or large plover, a wader in the family Charadriidae. It has characteristic loud calls which are variously rendered as Did he do it or Pity to do it leading to colloquial names like did-he-do-it. Usually seen in pairs or small groups not far from water but may form large flocks in the non-breeding season (winter).|
Red-wattled Lapwings are large waders, about 35cm long (somewhat larger than a Rock Pigeon, with longer legs). The wings and back are light brown with a purple sheen, but head and chest and front part of neck are black. Prominently white patch runs between these two colours, from belly and tail, flanking the neck to the sides of crown. Short tail is tipped black. A red fleshy wattle in front of each eye, black-tipped red bill, and the long legs are yellow. In flight, prominent white wing bars formed by the white on the secondary coverts.
Race aigneri is slightly paler and larger than the nominate race and is found in Afghanistan and the Indus valley. The nominate race is found all over India. The Sri Lankan race lankae is smaller and dark while atronuchalis the race in north-eastern India and eastern Bangladesh has a white cheek surrounded by black.
Males and females are similar in plumage but males have a 5% longer wing and tend to have a longer carpal spur. The length of the birds is 320-350mm, wing of 208-247mm with the nominate averaging 223mm, Sri Lanka 217mm. The Bill is 31-36mm and tarsus of 70-83mm. Tail length is 104-128mm.
It usually keeps in pairs or trios in well-watered open country, ploughed fields, grazing land, and margins and dry beds of tanks and puddles. They occasionally form large flocks, ranging from 26 to 200 birds. It is also found in forest clearings around rain-filled depressions. It runs about in short spurts and dips forward obliquely (with unflexed legs) to pick up food in a typical plover manner. They are said to feed at night being especially active around the full moon. Is uncannily and ceaselessly vigilant, day or night, and is the first to detect intrusions and raise an alarm, and therefore a nuisance to hunters. Flight rather slow, with deliberate flaps, but capable of remarkable agility when defending nest or being hunted by a hawk.
Its striking appearance is supplemented by its noisy nature, with a loud and scolding did-he-do-it call, often uttered at night.
It breeds from West Asia (Iraq, SW Iran, the Arabian/Persian Gulf) eastwards across South Asia (Baluchistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the entire Indian subcontinent up to Kanyakumari and up to 1800m in Kashmir/Nepal), with another sub-species further east in Southeast Asia. May migrate altitudinally in spring and autumn (e.g. in N. Baluchistan or NW Pakistan), and spreads out widely in the monsoons on creation of requisite habitats, but by and large the populations are resident.
This species is declining in its western range, but is abundant in much of South Asia, being seen at almost any wetland habitat in its range.
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super sharpness and nice composition
great details and beautiful colours
- [2009-09-20 10:14]
Excellent capture with great details and beautiful colors
- [2009-09-20 11:17]
Hi Ram,a very nice specie taken perfectly in a beautiful composition.I like a lot the perfect light,the warm colors and the beautiful background made in water.Excellent work,my best compliments,have a nice week,LUCIANO
Excellent capture, with precise light and very natural colors, excellent details of the environment and water, enough to give more feeling and character to the photo. Very good job, with a good note.
Dear Ram Sir,
Perfect capture of this beautiful bird with excellent POV, sharpness & details. TFS
Hello Ram! Good capture and exposure, very nice light and bright, ideal colours, perfect sharpness. Superb work. Good luck!
- [2009-09-21 3:36]
Hello Ram Sir, Am back and this seem to be at large during this season. I saw plenty of them in our factory. Your shot shows the natrual sorroundings and the eagerness in the eyes of the lapwing. Good colors too. Ganesh
what a wonderful picture of the Red-wattled Lapwing, very good sharpness and splendid bright colours, i like this composition with a great eye contact in a beautiful environment.
Thank you for your reply to aruntp about his comment to my picture of the Purple Emperor.
Thanks again for sharing this beauty
- [2009-09-29 9:48]
Wonderful capture of the Red-wattled Lapwing showing it very sharply in its natural environment. Beautiful light and colours and well composed too. It brings back memories of India!!
Hope you and your family are all keeping well!
Kind regards, Ulla