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Crowned Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing
Photo Information
Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F100, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Fuji Velvia 50
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-08 3:48
Viewed: 4920
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crowned Lapwing (or Crowned Plover)
(Vanellus Coronatus)

It’s easily recognised by its combination of brown and white colours, with most tellingly, a black crown intersected by an annular white halo. Adults are noisy and conspicuous.Juveniles are dull versions of the adults, vermiculated on the wings and mantle, the legs being yellowy in stead of red, and the bill not yet showing a red base.
Habitat and numbers
Crowned Lapwings prefer short dry grassland which may be overgrazed or burnt; mountains are avoided. In higher rainfall areas like parts of Zambia and Zimbabwe it is mainly a dry season visitor. Good rainfall in dry areas of northern Botswana however causes large-scale influxes. In southern Africa their highest concentrations are found in the dry central Kalahari region.
Longevity is up to 20 years.
Different Crowned Lapwing males do however posture aggressively when nesting territories are established. The loser in an encounter assumes a special posture to indicate his defeat.
It feeds on insects generally but termites are an important food source.

(Wikipedia source)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-08 3:55]

What an amazing pose for a bird, Andrea.
He looks like a soldier at attention. I have never seen a bird stand up so straight. Beautiful colors and markings on this lapwing that you caught with sharp focus and good light.
TFS. : )

The pose is great and colours are very good.
The scanning quality is not great I must say.
It is pity because it seems to be a beautiful picture, I am sure that on print it looks better.
Why did you use 'velvia' for this kind of shot?

A beautiful bird and so proud of a stance. Very good depth and position of the Lapwing,

Hi Andrea,
a very nice and funny pose.
Lovely colours and good POV.
Well done.

Ciao Andrea, sono rimasto indietro con le foto, sono troppo incasinato.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-08 5:03]

Hi Andrea,

This is really a comic pose!! It's like manyee said "just a soldier".
photo's like this are hard to shoot, so congratulations!



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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-08 6:16]

Superbe spécimen!

La pose de l'oiseau est particulière et l'ombrage laissé sur le sol est original.

Félicitations pour l'éclairage.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Andrea,
What a different bird, so beautiful also.It's like a balet. Very well shot of this interesting bird. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

This is a funny looking bird. Nice composition with the shadow and good DOF.

Great shot Andrea.
Excellent focus and composition and the colors are great.
very good angle.
Good POV and BG.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-08 17:06]

Hi Andrea
:) this one looks like a solider :) .Beautiful and funny pick.
Well done (you make me laugh)


Really good shot. The DOF and POV is great. With its chest out and straight standing position it is at attention as manyee stated.
great shot.

Hi Andrea,
hahaha, this bird is a little funny and so lovely. I love the pose and his red "socks".
A funny police-man, I love your shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

ciao andrea,
what a good capture of such a funny looking bird!good POV,nice colours and well-seen details.keep capturing:)
P.S. i've run out of my smileys today but i won't forget to smiley this picture tomorrow.

Hi Andrea,
What a beautiful bird! Excellent capture with brilliant pose and great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-17 13:32]

Andrea bonjour, very nice capture, splendid bird with amazing red legs!! I like the proud attitude of the bird. Very vell done, best regards, Didier.

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  • BHo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 20] (99)
  • [2006-04-23 13:56]

That is one interesting and funny looking feathered creature. Good colours and sharp details on the Lapwing. TFS.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-05-22 14:50]

Hi Andreja, very interesting pose of this nice birdl. TFS

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-05-27 13:36]

What a wonderfull pose - Great capture!


Andrea che bella questa ...sembra un soldatino sull'attenti. complimenti ciao gigicacco

Great pose and composition. Nice to see velvia saturation :)



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