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Southern Lapwing

Southern Lapwing
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya UV - 58mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-26 17:59
Viewed: 3402
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Southern Lapwing, Taken at Cotswold wildlife park in Oxfordshire.
This one lives in a tropical house set up in the bird garden. I'll be going back in a few weeks to spend a bit more time there.

Head and neck gray. Forehead, throat and chest black. Gray and black of the head and throat separated by a white line. Back gray with brownish metalic brightness. Upper wing coverts gray with iridescent tones. Primaries and secondaries black, separated of the gray coverts by a white band that are seen when the wings are displayed. Reddish spur in the elbow of each wing. Abdomen, flanks and under wing coverts white. Basal-half tail white; rest black . Bill red with black tip. Legs red.

Southern lapwing is one of the characteristic inhabitants of the fields and wet lands, and even it can be found in meadows, parks and open gardens in the cities. Perfect sentry in the day and night, it is always very attentive to any danger glimpse, launching at once a strident metallic yell that alert not only to other of its species, but to all the environment. Birds and animals are always pending of this sentry of the fields. By its basically insectivorous nourishment, it's very useful for the agriculture. Also it eats seeds.

They live in pairs or small flocks and nest early, at the beginning of July (mid-winter), in a depression at the soil that tend to cover with dry grass stems. The eggs, 3 to 4 by clutch, are large in relationship to the size of the bird (50 x 37 mm. app.); of greenish coffee color and covered by large dark stains. The sucklings are fed alone from the first moment; and its mimicry colours make it difficult to see them.

Notes from avesdechile.cl

Thanks for looking

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-26 18:19]

You did well capturing the Lapwing, the exposure is great and so are the details.
In the composition before the shot, maybe you could have included the legs and feet. The other, I'm not sure if you were able to, getiing down to it's level.
Well done though. Excelent work.


Alan, Very nice shot. Excellent sharpness, detail & color..I like your maximized POV that displays this very colorful and interesting lookin' bird very well also. Very good note - Very well done! Happy Easter!!!

Alan, Nice capture on this Southern Lapwing. Good color and detail. Looks like you did not have much room to work due to the angle of the shot. Excellent and informative notes no a new bird for me!

Very nice shot, Alan.
Excellent sharpness and details, very good Pov and colours.
Too bad the legs are cut off.

Good note, great work!
Well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-27 13:29]

I like the shot Alan,
Very good details in it I only miss his leggs on the shot and thats a shame for the composition, farther very good job.
gr. Jaap

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-27 13:35]

Great shot Alan, a real beauty, great exposure control and excellent colours.
Good feather details and good note too.
Thanks for sharing.

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