Dinosaur of the week: Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

We saw this Vanellus indicus a few years ago in Thailand. The good news is that this species of lapwing is doing quite well (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22694013/0).

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Dinosaur of the week: Pond Heron

pond-heron

We are entering the murky waters of Khao Lak in Thailand and the even murkier ones of heron taxonomy. This is a member of the Ardeola species, but apparently it is almost impossible to distuguish Ardeola speciosa (Javan pond heron) from Ardeola bacchus (Chinese pond heron) outside the breeding season. Their non-breeding ranges overlap, so take your pick.