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Copyright: Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 2 N: 70] (268)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.4, Digital ISO 250, UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-15 13:08
Viewed: 4420
Points: 26
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Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)

General Habits:
Gregarious birds, often in loose flocks of 10-40, occasionally up to 100 immediately after breeding. Non-breeding birds are not usually territorial, moving regularly as grass grows too long, but some defend non-breeding territories in mown grassland. Groups of 2-5 birds (probably family groups) defend feeding territories of 0.6-0.8 ha. Territories defended by vocalisation, threat displays and aerial chases, although few interactions after initial period of establishment. When threatened, calls while bobbing body. Scans for predators 6.7 x/min; vigilance does not decrease with increasing flock size, but inter-bird distances increase. Occasionally makes false-copulations outside breeding season, mounting, but not squatting or copulating; apparently displacement activity. Stands in hunched posture or sits on ground when not foraging. This bird bathes by standing in water up to breast and flapping wings. They roost on ground in slightly elevated areas.

Found from Ethiopia and Somalia south through E Africa to S Angola and S Africa. Found throughout SA, but scarce in western N Cape, Lesotho, former Transkei (E Cape) and parts of Mozambique. They can be found in abundance in Botswana, NW Province, Gauteng and Free State, as well as agricultural lands of W Cape.

Population & Demography:
Very common bird. World population est 0.5 to 1 million birds; population in SA uncertain, but probably at least 100 000. They become at least 8 years old. They are the prey of Eagles, hawks, Goshawks, Falcons and Owls. The Scaly Leg Mite (Knemidokoptes mutans) causes malformed legs and forms nodules on legs, apparently killing birds

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-15 13:10]

Excellent post Henry! Sharp details and well composed. Good colors and the exposure is spot on. Well done & TFS!


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-15 13:18]

fantastic shot Henry,
great capture, fantastic in pov, great dof and the colours are fine, very good job.
gr. Jaap

Hi Henry

Nice pose and POV. Good crisp, clear details. Light was good and the sharpness spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

Henry, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composition. Well done.

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-10-15 16:42]

Nice catch of the lapwing!
The colros are excellent and the bird is really beautiful!
The BG is not very good but is fine!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-15 17:14]

Henry, this is very nice.

Excellent sharpness, lighting, pov, composition and colors.

I like the contrast between the main subject and the background.


Another awesome shot Henry!
Great composition, with fantaastic colours and clarity.
I envy you the opportuntity to take photos in South Africa. It must be amazing!
I hope you have a great weekend!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-16 1:58]

A first for me, Henry. Thank you for showing me this beautiful bird. Sharp details and excellent POV. The light is just right. I like his pose. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-16 7:25]

Beau spécimen cet oiseau,la pose la patte en l'air est bien prise. Le Bg doré s'harmonise bien et fait ressortir les couleurs de l'oiseau. La netteté est bonne et l'éclairage parfait.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie !

Very nice pose and composition. They are breeding now in the park across my home. Lot's of chicks about but I heard a Heron got hold of them over the weekend. I was not there to get the action... #[email protected]%!

I dared a WS to adjust the colors a bit. I hope you don't mind. Please let me know what you think of it.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-16 23:13]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Henry.
Have a good week!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-17 6:46]

Hi Henry,
Very nice capture i like the great DOF and POV, colours & light are great, very good work.


Hi Henry,
Very good compisition and good details of the bird.
Are you using a reflex/mirror lens? - the background objects suggest that.
TFS - Shir

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