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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: 2008-02-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, Digital ISO 400, 67mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 9:28
Viewed: 3135
Points: 24
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Scientific classification

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 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. 3–4 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 derives from the "lapping" sound its wings make, or the flapping flight, while 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.

In The Netherlands it is a cultural-historical competition to finds the first Peewit egg of the year (het eerste kievitsei). It's especially popular in Friesland province. There are also regional competitions.

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

De kievit (Vanellus vanellus) is de meest algemene weidevogel in de Benelux. De naam wordt ook wel gespeld als kieviet.

31 cm. Karakteristieke vogel van agrarisch gebied. Een forse, metaalgroene en zwart-witte plevierachtige, met lange kuif en brede zwarte borstband, contrasterend met witte onderdelen. Kenmerkend zijn de brede vleugels en de relatief langzame, flappende vlucht. Staart wit met brede zwarte eindband; onderstaartdekveren rossig-beige.

De kievit komt in het najaar in grote groepen samen om naar het warme zuiden te trekken.

Het broedseizoen van de kievit loopt van half maart tot in juli. Vogels waarvan het eerste broedsel is mislukt, proberen het vaak later in het seizoen nog eens. Een legsel bestaat meestal uit vier eieren van gemiddeld 47 x 34 mm. Het broeden duurt 26 à 28 dagen. Het nest wordt gemaakt in een ondiep kuiltje op een plek met niet te veel gras. Meestal broedt de kievit op grasland, maar ook op bouwland worden kievitsnesten aangetroffen.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-12 9:41]

Hoi Thijs,
Geweldig portret van deze kievit, heel scherp en veel details.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-12 9:47]

Hi Thijs.
I am amazed with the face expression of the bird. You have created a great portrait picture. Composition and framing are superb and colour palette is fine and so pleasant to eyes. I like reproduction of every feather and other tiny details of the model. Well done and TFS.

Zonder meer mooie plaat, Thijs.
Ik heb een flauw vermoeden dat ie gefotografeerd is in een blij dorp waar Bokito woont. Corrigeer me als ik fout ben.
In ieder geval een mooie foto; schitterend portretje.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-12 10:08]

Ha Thijs,

Mooie scherpe plaat van deze kievit. Je kwam erg dichtbij en da's knap bij zo'n schuwe vogel.Je kunt aan z'n snavel zien dat ie net in de grond heeft zitten wroeten.


Thijs, Very nice close up and portrait of this bird. Looks like you have invested in a new Prime Pentax star lens. The result shows. Wish you good luck with your new lens.

- Murali Santhanam

Hi Thijs
a nice portraite of lapwing with great details, sharpness, POV and composition. Splendid colors. I think it is a bit saddy looking. maybe it is hungry or cold.
But great work as photograph. TFS, well done

Hoi Thijs,
splendid portrait of this beautifull " Vanneau Huppé, in french
excellent colours and sharpness, wonderfull background and very nice composition,


Great image,
Wonderful potrait of this bird,
Great job,


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-12 14:54]

Hello Thijs,
beautiful portrait!
nicelly composed picture of this sad Lapwing bird,

Hi Thijs,

A perfect portrait of a beautyful bird! Thank you,


Beautiful portrait work here Thijs..
Love the BG, POV and comp :)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-13 6:13]

Ha Thijs,

Een schitterend portret van deze kievie,hier zien we ze ook wel (minder als in nederland) en vrij moeilijk te benaderen,de scherpte en kleuren zijn echt geweldig,bedankt


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