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Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon 400 f5.6 ED IF AI-S
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 10:22
Viewed: 3716
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus malabaricus, is a lapwing, a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a resident breeder in India.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are medium-large pale brown waders with a black crown, long white supercilium and large yellow facial wattles. The underparts are white, and the tail is white, tipped black.

In flight, the upperwings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are largely white. The long legs are yellow.

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 Red-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus indicus. The peak breeding season is in March to May ahead of the monsoons. It lays four eggs on a ground scrape. The nidifugous young are well camouflaged as they forage with the parents. Chicks will squat flat on the ground and freeze when parents emit an alarm call.

Yellow-wattled Lapwing has a loud Teu-oo call.

The food of the Yellow-wattled Lapwing is insects and other invertebrates, which are picked from the ground.

Vishal Sabharwal

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-01 11:40]

Hello Vishal
Nice presentation of a species I had never seen before.Good POV and sharp iamge.I like the pose from your subject and the expression in is face.
TFS Michel

Hello Vishal
This is a lovely shot with a perfect sharpness and pose showing the whole details of this wonderful bird..I wonder if the colours on the legs and beak have been slightly lost on your upload?..I am guessing the yellows should be more brilliant and saturated?
A superb Post and Note

Zimbly onderful!!You give the bird some attitude!!
Excellent details, nice POV and sharpness!!
Thank you!!

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-03-02 22:56]

Hi Vishal,
Nice pose sharp & i like the way it is outlined against the sky.

Namasté Vishal,
Very nice aperature choice as it punches the subject right out of the background which give it a superb focus on it's entirety. Very nice subtle lighting showing great detail. Well done :)

Hallo Shal
This is a striking looking bird, the vivid yellow of the matchstick thin legs and the yellow patch next to the beak is great. This is not a bird we often see on Trek Nature and I think this is one of the best I have seen so far on the site. It looks like it is wearing a black cap. It has lovely big eyes and the details is clearly seen. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

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