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Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)


Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, 67mm Hoya HMC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-11 12:24
Viewed: 3220
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Vanellus
Species: V. vanellus
Binomial name: Vanellus vanellus

The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), also known as the Peewit, Green Plover or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing, is a bird in the plover family. It is common through temperate Europe, and across temperate Asia. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America. Many records in North America happen after storms. A storm in December 1927 and another in January 1966 account for an appreciable part of Canadian records.

It is highly migratory over most of its extensive range, wintering further south as far as north Africa, northern India and China. It migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. Lowland breeders in westernmost areas of Europe are resident.

It is a wader which breeds on cultivated land and other short vegetation habitats. 34 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including horses and cattle.

The numbers of this species have been adversely affected by intensive agricultural techniques. In winter it forms huge flocks on open land, particularly arable land and mud-flats.

This lapwing is a 28-31cm long bird with a 67-72cm wingspan, It has rounded wings and a crest. It is the shortest-legged of the lapwings. It is mainly black and white, but the back is tinted green. Females and young birds have narrower wings, and have less strongly-marked heads, but plumages are otherwise quite similar.

The name lapwing has been variously attributed to the "lapping" sound its wings make in flight, from the irregular progress in flight due to its large wings (OED derives this from an Old English word meaning "to totter"), or from its habit of drawing potential predators away from its nest by trailing a wing as if broken. Peewit describes the bird's shrill call. This is a vocal bird in the breeding season, with constant calling as the crazed tumbling display flight is performed by the male.

Food is mainly insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in mixed flocks with Golden Plovers and Black-headed Gulls, the latter often robbing the two plovers, but providing a degree of protection against predators.

Like the Golden Plovers, this species prefers to feed nocturnally when there are moonlit nights.

The Northern Lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.


Model PENTAX K20D
Date/time original 11-5-2009 15:32:36
Exposure time 1/1000 s
F-number f/5.6
ISO speed ratings ISO 400
Exposure bias value 1.00 eV
Metering mode Spot
Flash Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Lens FA* 300mm F/4.5
Focal length 300 mm
White balance Auto white balance

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-05-11 13:10]

Ha Thijs,

Mooie plaat van een vliegende kievit. Niet makkelijk want de kievit is niet overdreven groot. Fraaie presatie met voldoende scherpte en natuurlijke kleuren.

groet,
Zeno

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-12 10:41]

Hi Thijs.
Superb in-flight shot. I like attractive back POV, precise exposure of the bird image, excellent timing and wonderful sharpness of the picture. Clarity and transparency of the picture are ultimate. My kind regards and TFS.
Alexei.

What elegant flyer in good sharp and DOF.Well done dear Thijs and ttanks again for tipulidae id.

Roberto

Hello Thijs,

Dantastic shot.
Good timing.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

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