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Northern Lapwing

Northern Lapwing
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 6:43
Viewed: 3820
Points: 46
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Northern Lapwing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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. 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 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.
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.

Argus, maurydv, CeltickRanger, siggi, nglen, eng55, pekkavalo1, Noisette, crs, banaei_nikon, Dis. Ac., jusninasirun, izler has marked this note useful
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Bem apanhada

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-18 7:16]

Olá José,
A fine capture of a Lapwing taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness that show the white edges of the feathers on the back that is characteristic of the plumage in winter. The lighting and the composition against an OOF grassy Bg are great.
A nice image and TFS!
We don't see them in winter plumage as they overwinter in Portugal!

  • maurydv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)
  • [2009-01-18 7:26]

Ciao Jose,
bellissima immagine di Pavoncella catturata con ottima definizione in una bella composizione con la luce radente che crea delle belle tonalità dei colori.

hello Jose

excellent photography of Vanellus vanellus abird that
i love to view only by internet and books because we don't
have it here in North America, your photo is shot
with fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity,
i love the againts daylight effect (l'effet du contre-jour),
excellent sharpness and details, i love the foot movement
of the bird, and the catch-light render the photo more beautiful,



hello Jose
great sharpness picture
i like the composition of the bird
good colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-18 10:16]

Hello Jose,
A nice capture of this beautiful lapwing. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-18 11:45]

Ho Jose. I saw some Lapwing today in a field near our home. You have taken this one with fine detail and natural colours. i like the featehrs on the head and your POV shos them well. TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-18 12:12]

Hi Jose,
Very nice capture of this Lapwing.Sharpness,details,POV and composition are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hola Jose,
A nicely composed shot of this lapwing.
A difficult exposure against the bright light but it looks ok.
Good note too,
Cheers and TFS

Hi Jose,
Excellent capture of Northern Lapwing; great low POV, good composition, sharp fine details, great lighting and colours.

beautiful capture with great colours , nice sharp and perfect light ,
well done !

hello Jose
beautiful sharp picture of this lapwing wakling in the gras
good POV, composition and natural colors
have a good night

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-18 21:53]

Hello Jose,

Despite your rear position you have had a good eye contact with the bird. Image is sharp so that godo details of the plumage can be seen. Even if light is comming from behind the bird you have rendered naturaly looking colors.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Jose
This is an excellent focus with nice complimentary colors..Very good detail, exposure, POV, and composition

hello Jose,

nice capture from his bird.
Good unusual pov and beautiful colours.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-20 15:43]

Ola Jose
Boas cores e detalhes, a luminopsidade e nitidez esta excelente. O passaro é muito bonita e esta em uma posição muito boa.

Bonita toma José. Estas también vienen por mi zona. Es muy difícil captarlas claramente y por eso valoro aún más tu fotografía.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi

Hello Jose,
Great shot, good sharpness, composition and pov.

Ciao Jose, great capture of lovely bird with difficult light, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,

Such a fine looking bird captured in perfect sharpness and details. The light 0n the background is so pretty and the bird is very well framed. The exposure of the plumage is beautiful with this fine pov.

TFS and best regards,

Thanks for the picture. I never saw the Northenr Lapwing so closely (in Picture).

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-02 14:50]

merhaba Jose
good capture of this timid and beautiful bird with its habitat
i like composition, sharpness and informative note in your photo

Merhabalar Jose,
Çok güzel bir tür, ters ışık ama netlikde harika olmuş.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-11 4:26]

Hi Jose,
what a beautiful bird with the crown well seen. The sharpness is lovely with seen feathers and patterns. The lighting is wonderful and you utiloised it very well into a lovely and pleasant presentation.


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