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Spur-winged Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-02-21 7:27
Viewed: 1522
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken from a shelter late in the afternoon.

The Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus) is a lapwing species, one of a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae, 25 28 cm.

It breeds around the eastern Mediterranean, and in a wide band from sub-Saharan west Africa to Arabia. The Greek and Turkish breeders are migratory, but other populations are resident.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are medium-large waders with black crown, chest, foreneck stripe and tail. The face, the rest of the neck and belly are white and the wings and back are light brown. The bill and legs are black. Its striking appearance is supplemented by its noisy nature, with a loud did-he-do-it call.

This species has a preference for marshes and similar freshwater wetland habitats. The food of the Spur-winged Lapwing is insects and other invertebrates, which are picked from the ground. The famed "Crocodile Bird" is sometimes taken to be this species, but it is actually the true plover Pluvianus aegyptius. (See my photo of last november)
It lays two blotchy yellowish eggs on a ground scrape. The Spur-winged Lapwing is known to sometimes use the wing-claws in an attack on animals and, rarely, people, who get too close to the birds' exposed offspring.

This species is declining in its northern range, but is abundant in much of tropical Africa, being seen at almost any wetland habitat in its range. The Spur-winged Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Name confusion
Note that the well-known "Spur-winged Plover" of southern Australasia is a different species Vanellus miles. To avoid confusion, it has been re-named Masked Lapwing.
A similar-looking species from Southeast Asia was called "Spur-winged Lapwing" while V. spinosus was still referred to as ""plover". This is now the River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii).
(Source: most from Wikipedia)

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-02-21 9:26]

Hi Peter,
Another great image with perfect point of view. Amazing colors and perfectly sharp.
Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2016-02-21 10:43]

Absolutely beautiful, Peter - this species is very hard to get right because of the sharp contrast between the blacks and whites, so early or late shooting is "the order of the day." I just hope you shot another image or two capturing the bird's full reflection ;)
Best wishes, Nigel.

great capture, TFS and greeteings Ori

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this wader bird, fine POV and the way is framed,
very beautiful background, excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Perfect portrait of this lapwing. Wonderful

Hello Peter,
I always prefer such "Golden Moment" of the day. Excellent captured with nice details and color. Green water looks nice too in the BG.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter
You've captured a striking looking Plover. He sure has beautiful plumage. Tac sharp detail and beautifully composed as he wades through the water. I love that you captured the glint in his eye.
TFS Janice

hallo Peter
super mooie opname met een prachtige achtergrond
wat springt hij er zo goed uit
prachtige kleuren en super scherp
bedankt gr lou

Hoi Peter,

Mooie plaat, goeie kleuren!
Ik heb het gevoel alsof ie iets naar rechts gedraaid moet worden


Lovely colours on this Lapwing I have seen for the first time, Peter.
This is yet another gem of a picture you have brought us from Gambia.
Thanks and regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-02-23 5:32]

Hi Peter,beautiful capture of this lapwing in a perfect pose,excellent quality as usual,very sharp and bright,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2016-02-27 7:23]

Hallo Peter,
A nice capture of this Spur-winged Lapwing ..
Good sharp details, nice colors and a nice composition.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Peter,
Lovely and interesting specie of lapwing. Nice and colorful specie a little different from the colors of the Northern Lapwing, the only one specie I meet in my region.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-08 20:19]

Hi Peter
Unknown to me. The legs are situable for food searching in the water, such as herons. Interesting.


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