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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikon 300mm f/4D IF-ED AF-S + 1,4TC II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-05 10:40
Viewed: 1855
Points: 34
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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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Hi Marius,
really beautiful bird. Very good depth of field. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-05-05 12:41]

Splendid image, Marius!
Perfect POV and great sharpness; beautiful iridescent colours and very nice eye contact. A beauty!

Hello Marius,

Hope life is good. This is an amazing shot dear friend. The eye contact is great and the plumage of the bird which reflects so many elegant colours is in perfect focus. Super shot! Thanks a lot for sharing yet another great bird photo....take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-05 14:07]

Hello Marius.
Beautiful portrait of this Lapwing with natural BG. POV, DOF and colors are superb. Details are well captured and presented.Best regards Siggi

great capture, nice, very nice picture Marius, congratulations !

ciao, tino

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-05 14:46]

HI Marius,another top class capture from this ground pov very original! I like the usual great quality,in particular the bright colors of plumage,it looks like a raimbow!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Marius,
great capture of this bird with good sharpness and a well chosen low POV. I especially like the wonderful colours and the nice eye contact.
Best wishes,

Buna Marius,
O fotografie exceptionala a Nagat,culori si detalii minunate.-felicitari!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-05-06 3:08]

Hi Marius!
Very nice composition, with splendid pastel colours. Excellent POV and DOF. Splendid lighting.
Very well done my friend.
Ciao and good Sunday! Vanda

Bonjour Marius,
Pour cette publication aussi l'éclairage me paraît un peu trop fort mais le sujet est tout de même bien valorisé notamment par l'appréciation de délicates couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Marius,

An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, details & pose. Very nicely done & composed.

TFS & best wishes


Hello Marius
Fantastic capture of this beautiful bird.Perfect composition,wonderful natural colours lighting and sharp details.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a good Sunday!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2012-05-06 10:56]

Hello Marius,
It's very good photo, beautiful pose , very good sharpness, maybe too light at my screen.
Regards, Pawel

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely bird, fantastic metallic plumage, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-05-08 2:55]

Buna Marius,
Imi plac in mod special detaliile si modul in care se reflecta lumina in penaj ! Cred ca am reperat si eu pasarea undeva pe un camp in apropieraea Aradului !

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-08 8:49]

Lovely. I like the way you captured the iridescence of the wing.

Well done!


Another great photo Marius! Very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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