Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
Red-wattled lapwings are large waders or plovers about 35 cm long with crimson red wattles. They are a common site on the ashram grounds. They are unmistakable with their striking coloration. The wings and back are light brown with a elegant iridescent purple to green sheen. The possess a black head an bib on the front and back of the neck that strikingly contrasts with a brilliant white belly, and flanks.
Their most amazing feature though is their stunning red bill with black tip, crimson eye ring, and a soft wrinkled band of flesh called a wattle in front of each eye. Handsome while foraging on the ground for insects and invertebrates they become even more flashy inflight as they display their prominent white wing bars.
There is no sneaking up on a lapwing. These noisy birds are ceaselessly vigilant day or night and are the first to detect intrusions and raise a ruckus with their shrill alarm call. This makes their photography a bit problematic
To learn more visit https://www.arkive.org/red-wattled-lapwing/vanellus-indicus/
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
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