Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] African Wattled Lapwing, also known as the Senegal Wattled Plover, Vanellus senegallus, photographed at the Kilombero River, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 9 January 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D300, 600 mm lens. ISO 320, 1/1000 sec, f/7.1 Exposure compensation at 0.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 blf
    April 24, 2010

    The dreaded <strike> has struck.

    As for the bird, since it’s in Africa, it must be an ostrich. ‘cept it’s head isn’t in the sand. I’m so confused.

  2. #2 carel
    April 24, 2010

    Here we go … Chicken dish, seasoned (on the sides) by Wade with orchid extract.

  3. #3 psweet
    April 24, 2010

    Clearly Vanellus sp., but that’s about as far as I can take it for now.

  4. #4 Rob
    April 24, 2010

    It’s a Vanellus alright.

  5. #5 Hai~Ren
    April 25, 2010

    The species epithet reminds me of the country that beat the defending champion France in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup.

  6. #6 Rob
    April 25, 2010

    It has a wattle on the face, which is yellow; yellow long legs; gray and a little red on the head; the primaries are black while the chest is not white. There’s only one lapwing in Africa that meets that description.

    Hai-Ren, exactly.

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