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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5411] (29584)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-27 11:24
Viewed: 2744
Points: 50
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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 Eurasia. It is highly migratory over most of its extensive range, wintering further south as far as north Africa, Pakistan, northern Republic of India and parts of China. It migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. Lowland breeders in westernmost areas of Europe are resident. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America, especially after storms, as in the Canadian sightings after storms in December 1927 and in January 1966.


This lapwing is a 28–31 cm long bird with a 67–72 cm 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.

Population decline

National surveys of England and Wales have shown a population decline between 1987 and 1998. The numbers of this species have been adversely affected by intensive agricultural techniques. In the lowlands this includes the loss of rough grassland, conversion to arable or improved grassland, loss of mixed farms, and switch from spring to autumn sown crops. In the uplands the losses may have been due to increases in grazing density.

Harvesting eggs

In the Netherlands it is a cultural-historical competition to finds the first peewit egg of the year (het eerste kievitsei). It is especially popular in Friesland province, but there are also regional competitions. The gathering of peewit eggs is prohibited by the European Union, but Friesland was granted an exception for cultural-historical reasons. The Frisian exception was removed in 2005 by a court, which determined that the Frisian executive councillors had not properly followed procedure.

As of 2006 it is again allowed to look for peewit eggs between 1 March and 9 April, though the actual harvest of those eggs is now forbidden. The first egg of 2008 was found on 3 March, in Eemnes, Utrecht, as was the first egg of 2009 found on 8 March. Over the last century, the first peewit egg is found earlier and earlier. In the past, this was caused by more intensive agriculture; according to scientists, these days climate change is to blame.

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Ciao Marius, lovely bird in nice pose in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marius. Intrigant colours nad very good sharp. for this elegant bird. Fine details and impressive focused eye.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-27 11:44]

Da! O captura reusita cu detalii bune si culori frumoase.
Numai bine

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of Lapwing, wonderful colors, great sharpness, good POV and BG.
Wonderful compliments and thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Beautiful shot of this lovely Northern Lapwing, Marius. The features of this bird are quite striking! Amazing colors and perfect composition.
George Veltchev

Hi Marius,
great shot, nice colours, great composition. Thank you for sharing,
Have a nice saturday,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-27 12:22]

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful photo of this lovely bird,excellent sharpnessidetails and splendid colors.TFS.

Buna Marius,
Superba captura- ai fost foarte aproape de subiect de vreme ce ai reusit o asemenea imagine. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

hello Marius
this is a super sharpness picture with great details and super good colours
beautiful bird with the colours in the wings
greeting lou

Hello Marius,

what an very nice captured shot from this Lapwing and razor sharpness.
This bird are protected here in the netherlands without friesland till april. Who find the first egg are an sp.ort.
After that the farmers dua an nest protection and getting 1500 Euro for each nest with young ones.
Fine .


Buna Marius,
It's very nice to see the different colours of the lateral feathers (green, magenta, blue...). Very beautiful shot, in natural environnement and typical position of this bird looking for food. Well done! Have a nice Sunday,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-11-27 14:24]

Hi Marius!
Wonderful bird ..I have never seen it before.
Excellent sharpness ad superb details of the plumage. Beautiful colours and splendid shallow DOF.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15610] (65303)
  • [2010-11-27 15:19]

Hi Marius,this is one of your best bird's pics! How i like the plums colors,it seem to see a little raimbow,impressive sharpness and super composition too.Thans for share,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

This Lapwing species is not known to me and TFS.
In my opinion the most beautiful of all Lapwings. I like the colors displayed and the feathers on the head is very distinctive.
Sharp, well exposed detail with a good composition.
Well done.

Hi Marius,

Great capture of this pretty lapwing. The lighting looks excellent and details are flawless. Impressive POV and DOF!
TFS and have a nice sunday!


a beautiful calimana, great close up with very good colors photo!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-28 1:28]

Hello Marius,
Excellent photo of this Northern Lapwing in fantastic colours. Great sharpness, details and DOF. Very good low POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-28 1:47]

Hello Marius.
Excellent shot. Sharpness is amazing, plumage details outstanding. Exposure is excellent and the blurred background allows this guy to stand out brilliantly.Best regards Siggi

Hello Marius! Fine bird, good note, interesting information, superb scene and scenery. Good capture. Very good sharpness. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-28 5:19]

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful capture of the Lapwing in beautiful light tat's brought out the lovely colours of the plumage. Well timed with great focus and sharp details.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Marius.
This is an amazing capture of this bird.
The hairstyle is unique and exposure of the plumage is beautiful.
Great shot and framing.
Kind regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-28 5:46]

Hello Marius,
A bird I never have seen until now, but which has been presented on TN sometimes. Striking for me is this metallic shining plumage which reflects so lovely in the sunshine. And you caught the bird in a perfect pose and from a good lateral point of view. Like always composition and sharpness are excellent.
I wish you a pleasant Sunday
Kind regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-28 12:41]

Hello Marius,
Excellent capture from the Spring of a Lapwing.
It is well seen against the the greyish water Bg with fine sharpness, colours and lighting from a great POV.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hola Marius

Que bello pájaro que no había visto antes, con esea preciosas plumas en la cabeza, una imagen muy bonita y bien tratada. POV exceelnte, y bien configurada la luz ambiente.

Un saludo de Antonio

Bonjour Marius,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière et de la profondeur de champ sous un excellent angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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