“On the afternoon of 13th January 2014, while passing through Lembah Beringin (Peninsular Malaysia), we had a chance encounter with a pair of Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus) in a grassy patch (above).
“Upon closer inspection, a young chick was spotted. It was probably not more than a week old, but already pecking away in search of small insects. However, it never wandered too far from either or both of its parents (above).
“At the slightest hint of danger, such as a raptor soaring overhead, the parents would utter their characteristic calls and take flight, signaling the chick to crouch and take cover. Although the Red-wattled Lapwing typically breeds from February to June and may lay up to four eggs (Robson, 2000), there would be exceptions to this ‘rule’”.
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming & Dr. Vilma D’Rozario
16th January 2013
Robson, C., 2000. A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd, London. 504 pp.