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Female Lapwing

Female Lapwing
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 3:40
Viewed: 3056
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In order to be convinced that Spring has arrived, Swedes like to see signs of Spring. We look for flowers like Aconites and crocuses, butterflies like Brimstones and Tortoiseshells, and birds like skylarks and Green Plovers.

This is a Green Plover (Vanellus vanellus) that has many names. Another English name is the Peewit, because of the sound it makes and another is the Lapwing because of the way it flies. The Swedish name is Tofsvipa, the plover with a crest.

The green Plover is common in most of Europe and it it a permanent resident in the SW and the UK where birds from the rest of Europe overwinter. It begins to arrive in Sweden at the end of February.

It nests in damp undisturbed meadows.

This is a female that is a little lighter in colour than the male and the markings on the head are not so clearly black and white.

She is feeding in this autumn-sown field and may even nest here but many Lapwings and Skylarks are hindered from completing their breeding by modern agriculture, the spreading of fertilisers, for example, can destroy a clutch of eggs.

This was taken from the car at a distance of about 15 meters and is quite heavily cropped. After size reduction it was selectively sharpened.

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Hej Ivan,

Car is definitely very good as hide for shooting birds. This a great picture with nice low POV, very succesfull sharpening and a result the bird is completely in focus and BG blurred. Excellent work.



Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful plover bird. Very good composition, sharp details and a very good POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan,
Well composed shot of this Lapwing.
Nice color, details, and exposure, it looks like the light was directly above. Very good DOF at F/5.6 from this POV also.
Looks great in spite of the large crop..
Well done!

Hej Ivan
Cars are one of my favorite places to use as hide when noting ells work. You did good work by capturing this lady in natural environment with good details.
TFS/ Hälsningar

...Hoppas att vädret är bra på Mallis och att du hittar massor med fåglar och insekter. Ta hand om Ulla och ha en bra resa om vi inte hörs innan. Jag planerar att spendera en månad i Indonesia under Juli månad :)

Hello Ivan,

Very beautiful picture of this lapwing. Very nice POV, DOF and sharpness. Great light which allows to see the beautiful iridescent colours of the feathers.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-17 6:28]

Hi Ivan,
great documentation of a very pretty bird. POV is great and seems suprisingly low from a car window! Nice bright light and perfect DOF.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-17 7:08]

Hi Ivan
Nice presentation of a species I had never seen before.Good POV and very sharp image with good details.Lovely colors and nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Gee Ivan...you mean Swedes even BELIEVE in spring? Hard to imagine...and with your lack of snow this year what will you do now for nation pride?! Oy! As some would say..and those doggone bank accounts are no longer secrets. One has to go to the Grand Caymans now...and how come we have no posters from there as I think of it?

Your bird looks somewhat timid. Maybe even the bird isn't sure of the season...but it is a fine image and some interesting notes to assure us you have not gone over the edge with global warming.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-17 7:41]

Hi Ivan,

Nice shot from the car of this fascinating looking Lapwing. Wonderful details of the face and the irridescent green feathers. She shows up very well in the natural setting.


Hello Ivan,

Good picture of this Kievit, so called we him in the Netherlands.
The first egg were founded on the 5th of march.

Beautifully colors with the light in his eyes.
Sharpness and pov are exellent.

regards Gert

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-17 11:06]

Hello Ivan,
What a fantastic natural colours in this photo. Great sharpness, details and composition. Very good low POV and DOF.

Hi Ivan, I have always known them as Peewits after the call they make...I was brought up on a farm and we had hundreds, now I have not seen one for 4 years...This is a wonderful image for composition, clarity and good colours, and for me a sad reminder of the loss of these birds....TFS

Hi Ivan, spring is arrived for you too, splendid focus on this lovely bird, wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Ivan
Les couleurs du plumage sont d'un magnifique dégradé.
Je n'avais jamais vu cette oiseau
Merci et à bientôt

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-17 13:16]

Hello Ivan,
Splendid capture of this beauty! TFS.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-17 13:24]

Hi Ivan. You have used the light well to show use the green colours in the feathers so well. with a glint in the eye. with good feather markings. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-17 13:26]

Hallo Ivan,
A wonderful shot.
The light is perfect and really brings out the details and the wonderful colors in the plumage. Great neutral BG to show off the Lapwing perfectly.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-17 14:10]

Very fine image of this Peewit, Ivan!
You've captured it's glossy feathers and long crest really clearly.
Excellent low-down POV and a great composition.
Sharp with lots of detail.
DOF is a bit shallow I think but that is only a slight nit.
Some superb work my friend!
Well done!!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-17 14:20]

Hola Ivan,
buena captura,
tonos y plumaje magnífico,
efectivo disparo y detalles.
saludos TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-17 14:54]

Hi Ivan

Not so many of these nest in the UK nowdays. My grandparents had a farm in Derbyshire called Peewit Hall. In those days you could collect the eggs until a certain date (they would keep laying).

Excellent detail and colours.



Hello Ivan. This is another superb capture of your top quality image collection. The sharpness is flawless with excellent exposure of the plumage. Good lighting in natural environment. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Ivan, this is a new one for me, so thanks for the introduction. Even though it's new, it does have that "Plover look". I like those green feathers, and you caught the eye very well. Not bad for a 15 meter, cropped shot. You still have very good detail both on the bird and the immediate dirt and grass around him. Very nice PP operation.

Thanks, John

Hi my beloved Friend Ivan,
Superb capture of this beauty with wonderfull clarity!
Splendid composition!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-18 2:22]

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot of this Lapwing and you have presented its plumage colours and details so beautifully. Great handling of harsh natural light and exposure levels and I like the way it is eyeing your from over its shoulder. Excellent low POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Very nice capture of a departing Plover in good exposure and fine focus which provides us with a high degree of plumage detail Ivan, and all this in spite of the heavy cropping, well, you are a man of miracles when it comes to nature photography my friend, thank you indeed for sharing this beauty.

Nice capture of a Green Plover from the rear, Ivan. It is wary of your presence; the expression in its eye says so.
So the signs of spring are already there in your part of the world.
A very good image of this harbinger of spring with fine details on its wings. I like its crest.
Thanks for sharing it and warm regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-19 1:14]

Hello Ivan,This time you are with a different one and such a superb eye view focus. Great clarity. Ganesh smiely tmrw

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-19 11:26]

Hola Ivan,
A really cute bird with a great colours on its feathers.
TFS, José M.

Hola Ivan,
Excelente captura donde nos muestras muy bien los detallles de esta avefría, por aquí se ven pero no es fácil fotografiarlas, saludos
José Ramón

merhaba Ivan,
the lapwings are very pretty and beautiful birds. As you saw, one of my last posts was from same species. Your capture is very nice. The lady gave a great pose to you.
I am in field study and I lately received your cordial message. many thanks. I wish you wonderful time to you and Ulla in the Canaries.
best wishes my friend

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-24 7:13]

Hello Argus

Great shot of the plumage,the colours are wonderful.
Excellent sharpness and detail,the feathers are really catching the light nicely.
The POV and DOF are very well handled.


I love this shot, Ivan...
Very well done...

Gracias Ivan por tu confirmación en la ID de mi mariposa.
Tu toma interesante, con las dificultades consabidas para fotografiar a esta especie.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-05 0:25]

Hi Ivan.
What a crisp sharp image of the fine bird. You managed to reflect every feather and grass precisely. DOF is selected perfectly too. Colours of the image are superb too. Low POV is also impressive. My compliments.

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