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|Crowned Plover (Vanellus coronatus)|
The Crowned Plover has long red legs. Immature birds (lower picture) are browner than the adults.
The Crowned Plover is a gregarious bird and sometimes forms large flocks of up to thirty birds. Very vocal, when approached by intruders, the Crowned Plover with chicks dive-bombs the intruders screeching loudly to frighten them away.
Crowned Plovers are found in South and East Africa and throughout South Africa. Habitat is open grasslands. They are fond of playing fields and airfields and golf courses. They are normally found in small groups but have been recorded up to as many as 40 birds. They will breed between, mainly July to March, and vigorously attack any intruders, by dive bombing them. Both sexes incubate the eggs, lasting up to 32 days. Feed mainly on insects and will dig for worms in soft soil.
The nest is a small scrape in the ground, usually out in the open.
Scanned in, slight cropping and set to 800x600 format, USM [300,1,0], added +10 contrast, cleaned a few dust spots off, resized and framed
Hope you like it. Tim
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- [2005-04-17 10:12]
Excelent shot, Tim.
Well done on this closeup and composition.
This is great photo! Just superb pose and great macro
Tim this is very sharp where it matters. Its not easy to critique without the shooting data though. I think the shadows made it difficult to get a larger DOF. Well done. Nice shot.