This River Lapwing below was found by Mr. Pham Van Thong (staff member of Asian Turtle Program). He said that the images were taken at Dong Mo Lake, Hanoi, on 23th August 2014 during a rainy day. As he was searching the rare Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at this lake, he noticed a bird that he had never seen before, standing on a gravel bank. He approached very carefully and managed to get some record shots. Not easy with a 55-200mm lens... A great bird, certainly not often recorded in northern Vietnam.
The second interesting bird, a Long-billed Plover, was discovered by Mr. Hoang Hao (staff of Vietnam Forest Museum at Thanh Tri, Hanoi) in mid- August 2014. Also a great bird ! It is a regular passage migrant/winter visitor in small numbers at Hanoi.
Well done and thank you for sharing these photos ! Sharing helps others to see and enjoy the birds that others find and these records are both interesting and very useful.
I would like to take this opportunity to say again that all birders who are willing to share their sightings can post on this blog. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Vietnam, birders' information-sharing network is scattered and undeveloped. Let’s try to change this ! Thanks !