This is another bird from my recent trip to Churchill Island, and another set of pictures taken using the car as a hide.
This bird is a Masked Lapwing - or Vanellus miles. This individual is an example of the species of bird that used to be called "The Spurwing Plover", but has now been 'downgraded' to a race of the species V. miles.
The yellow wattle that hangs from the face is flexible, and I think this one has the lower part of one of the wattles tucked up under the other.
I have to say I really like the colour palette of these images.
Now its your turn - click on the blue button below and off you go.
(I feel the need to apologise for may slowness in replying to many of your comments - things are very, very busy here at present! SM)
Interesting yellow mask on its face. And you thought YOU were the one who was hiding. ;)ReplyDelete
That is one smart looking bird. The colours are superb.ReplyDelete
A lovely bird Stewart... thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
The pictures are perfect indeed with the wildflowers picking up the yellow mask on their faces. Gorgeous bird perfectly posed for you.ReplyDelete
I too think the colors make this an attractive bird.ReplyDelete
I like how the yellow wattle picks up the yellow in the flowers dotted on the ground. Just noticed Sallie said that too. :)
I'm thinking your car is a probably is a nicer warmer blind than most!
I've always like the yellow "mask" on these guys! They're kind of odd looking, too.ReplyDelete
The background colour certainly makes this interesting species pop.ReplyDelete
I like the colour too Stewart! Great captures of the Masked Lapwing, ..another bird new to me.ReplyDelete
What a striking bird! Thanks for hosting us!ReplyDelete
They are exquisite shots! I love the colors of the lapwing and its surroundings. Such an interesting bird, too!ReplyDelete
such a neat and kind of goofy-looking bird! :)ReplyDelete
A great-looking bird in his natty plumage. I really like that black neck stripe. The yellow flowers in the photo are just perfect.ReplyDelete
What an interesting bird, and yes, nice colors.ReplyDelete
A nice bird at a distance I remember getting too close and got attached!ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart, always amazing photos of birds you see. This Lapwing reminds me of our Wattled Starling! Thanks for taking the time to share your sightings. JoReplyDelete
Very unusual bird ... of course I am seeing things that arn't there, like an old man with a large schnoz, a weak chin and a toupee. But in the bird world, which is, afterall where he is, he is amazing and handsome. So glad you hid in your car so you could get these pictures ... it was well worth your effort.ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From The Sol
It's like a cross between a ringed lover and a lapwing. A very interesting looking bird.ReplyDelete
Stewart, you have the most adorable birds there!!!!...:)JPReplyDelete
These are quite striking birds. The neutral background dotted with yellow flowers provides the perfect backdrop for your Masked Lapwing. Thanks for hosting! I know what you mean about busy, I've had a hard time keeping up lately, too.ReplyDelete
Lovely birds, Thanks for all your work on the site!ReplyDelete
je kreeg de volle medewerking.ReplyDelete
Wonderful bird.. Great shot.. Cheers..ReplyDelete
The yellow flowers go great with the Masked Lapwing's beak. Great Pictures.ReplyDelete
Very attractive bird!!! And colorful. I also like the name of the island.ReplyDelete
ahhh...Mother gifts us in so many ways, no matter by what name. (color WAS cool)ReplyDelete
What a stunning bird. I also love the color palate. Couldn't ask for better.ReplyDelete
What a striking bird. I like how there are yellow flowers on the ground that match the birds color.ReplyDelete
That is a really attractive plover Stuart. You have some lovely shots there by using the car. I'm trying to recall if I saw this species in Malaysia or if I'm getting confused with a similar red wattled one in India. Think I need to consult my books.ReplyDelete
Love the colors as well..Little flecks of green and yellow in an otherwise drab setting..Great flow.Cool bird..Who is that masked bird??ReplyDelete
ps....Stewart, I'm doing very well! Thanks for asking.ReplyDelete
Such a bright and cheerful bird. You captured some great shots.ReplyDelete
A handsome bird and another one that is new to me!ReplyDelete
I do not always think bird and butterfly names go along with their looks, but this lovely bird matches up swell for it's name~ReplyDelete
What lovely shots.ReplyDelete
I really like these! What a beauty he is. I too, like the colors in these photos.ReplyDelete
These are wonderful photos of a fascinating bird, Stewart. Yet another that I had never heard of, so many thanks for the lesson! I also very much enjoyed reading your "Wild" interview.ReplyDelete
fantastic colour markings on this birdReplyDelete
These fellows hang out with us when we have our Friday BBQ at the wharf to farewell our students. They are rather interesting looking birds.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous shots of the lapwing!ReplyDelete
A wonderful bird and a great color combination of bird and background, I love it!ReplyDelete
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As Sallie mentioned, I like how the yellow in the bird's face matches the yellow in the flowers.ReplyDelete
I guess he wears the mask to hide his true identity. Nice photos Stewart!ReplyDelete