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Hoplopterus spinosus

Hoplopterus spinosus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-28 8:04
Viewed: 3217
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoplopterus spinosus (Linnaeus 1758)
Synonym: Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Plover

Hoplopterus spinosus is a medium-large wader (lapwing) in the family Charadriidae.
It has black crown, chest, foreneck stripe and tail. The face, the rest of the neck and belly are white and the wings and back are light brown. The bill and legs are black and the eyes are red. It got its name because of a spur (a small claw) hidden in each of its wings.
It breeds around the eastern Mediterranean, and in a wide band from sub-Saharan west Africa to Arabia. The populations in Greece and Turkey are migratory, but other populations are resident.

In the past Hoplopterus spinosus was a passage migrant and an opportunist breeder. Now it is a resident species having successfully colonised several sites.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-28 8:11]

Hello Christodoulos,
The best photo of this species ever made, I think. Fantastic and splendid!

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird with fantastic red eye, nice pose on an only leg, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

another perfect capture, it is very common in Israel, TFS and have a great weekend, Ori

nice sharpness and colour. eye contact is very impressive.

Hi Christodoulos
a nice pose and an incredible eye!

hello Christodoulos
Super sharpness composition of this beauty bird
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Christodoulos,
amazing colours and composition. As usually :)
Great sharpness and details.
Really beautiful portrait.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Christodoulos. Great time for the interestinf pose MF. Outstanding performance from you! The red is impressive ideed.


Hello Christodoulos

You shot the photo at the Plover's best pose moment,
with fine POV at its level, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Chris, Quality work from you yet again my good friend, very pleasing picture to view, excellent stuff and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-28 12:47]

Hello Christodoulos,
this is a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POPV/DoF are great also. Very well done. Thank you for posting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-28 13:59]

Wonderful shot! So perfect so sharp with great focus and nice eyes contact;in a only word: a gorgeous pic.Many congrats and TFS.
Nice w-end !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-28 15:29]

Magnificent pic and very nice legs position,it seem an exercise of equilibrism..ehehe..very impressive light balance for the best white and total sharpness and details.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-28 18:35]

Hello Christodoulos,

a great job u have done.this is not an easy to do bcos this shot of birds ar very alertive mind as i have my own exprience.we call it AALKADDI in tamil.this birds avalable here.if
this make noise from mid of sky then it is a predict about forthcoming rain.love this shot.


Hello Christodoulos,
This is fantastic. Perfect focus and exposure. Well seen with the soft background. TFS this fine image.

I like the ruby-coloured eye of this Plover, Chris.
Again, a first class image from you with great sharpness, clarity of details and rich natural colours.
Thanks and regards,

Hello Christodoulos
Wonderful capture of this beautiful bird. Perfect composition, great sharpness and beautiful natural colors.Fantastic.

absolutely unbelievable capture with dynamism and simplicity Christodoulos ! Love the balanced white balance and the perfect depth of field! Bravo again!
George Veltchev

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-29 2:16]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent portrait and majestic pose of a beautiful bird.
Excellent focus on the reed eye.
Regards Jiri.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-29 3:27]

Hello Christodoulos,
vey fine view of the bird in a special gesture and action. The red eye is very brilliant and the overall sharpness is amazingly composed.
Excellent job well presented.


omy GOSH is this an amazing snapshot, just look at those eyes, never saw this species before so up CLOSE..or ever actually. WOW now THIS is how to take bird pics!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-29 11:59]

Hi Chris!
Very nice portrait of this cute bird. Great contrast against the perfect BG. Lovely lighting and nice reflection on the eye.
Excellent, accurate composition.
Congratulations and TFS.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Christodoulos,
You have done very well with this bird shot. The tight framing exposing very good details and colors. Love the sharp red eye and unique plume.
Thanks and have a great week ahead,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-29 16:58]

Hello Christodoulos,
What an awesome image of this beautiful bird in an attractive pose. His uniquely marked and colorful plumage makes him appear very regal looking.
Outstanding detail and superb exposure. Great work!!

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb captured of this bird with lovely pose, excellent eye-contact, great details and fantastic sharpness as always,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

A superb photo of this beautiful bird with excellent detail, perfect background and light.
regards yiannis

εξαιρετική φωτό, πολύ καλής απόδοσης, το κόκκινο μάτι εντυπωσιάζει μέσα στα γήινα χρώματα!

Hello Christodoulos,
A top quality image taken from an excellent low POV with amazing sharpness and fine details. Colours are also beautiful. Congratulations!

Hello Christodoules a nice pose.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-01 1:41]

A perfect balance between the white and black part of the bird. I like the position of the bird. Great work with very difficult colors. Congratulation.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-02-01 17:42]

Hello Christodoulos,
Outstanding quality image of this beautiful species, thank you Sir.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-02-27 10:23]

Hi Chris,

This shot is wonderful. The pose is great and the colors and sharpness are superb. A bird like a statue.


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