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Vanellus gregarius

Vanellus gregarius
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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: 2012-03-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-26 4:38
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Vanellus gregarius (Pallas, 1771)
Sociable Plover.

There are only two records of Vanellus gregarius in Cyprus. The first one was in 1986. The second one was last Friday. A bird of this species was found at Akrotiri area.
Last Saturday I visited the area. I was happy to see this beautiful bird and take some photos. In the same small area were also two Cursorius cursor (Cream-coloured Courser) and three Grus virgo (Demoiselle Grane). I will post a photo of Grus virgo soon.

Vanellus gregarius is a medium-sized wader (lapwing) in the family Charadriidae.
The summer adult has grey back and breast, dark and chestnut belly, long black legs and a short black bill. The head has a white supercilium and black crown and eyestripe. The upper neck is ochre. The winter adult has a less distinct head pattern, slightly browner back and breast and a white belly.
Vanellus gregarius breeds on open grassland in Russia and Kazakhstan. It winters in Israel, Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and north-west India (occasionally in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Oman). It is a very rare vagrant in western and northern Europe.

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Wow Christodoulos
perfect capture of such a rare bird

Ciao Christodoulos. Great POV here and stunning details/sharp agaist the fantastic BG. Wonderful colours MF.


Hi Chris,
Very good capture of Lapwing with good pose and composition, sharp details, good BG and nice natural colours.

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Splendide publication valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Beautiful picture of this rare Plover, Chris.
These are the kind of images I see on TN that assure me that it is worthwhile to stick on to this site.
The image is so perfect it is almost three dimensional.
Warm regards.

Hi Chris,
Fabulous shot of this beautiful bird. The composition is very nice.
Captured with good details & sharpness. Nice colors & good soft BG. Well done & TFS.

Hello Christodoulos
Fantastic capture.Great low POV and composition,wonderful colors and great sharp details.Well done!
Have a nice day and thank You
Best regards

perfect, clear, sharp, fantastic position of the plover...!!! professional work.

hello Christodoulos
this again a super picture from you
the details and sharpness are very good
the colours are super good
thanks greeting lou

HI Christodoulos.
Really perfect photo of this bird. Great point of view. Excellent composition. Great depth of field.
Have a nice week,

Hello Christodoulos,
Great photo of this interesting Bird species, Vanellus gregarius, excellent sharpness, very fine colorful details, TFS!

Wow Christodoulos...this is more than a colorful fairytale! Impressive capture of a wonderful wader ! Brilliant point of view and fantastic natural colors in my opinion! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2012-03-26 9:56]

Hi Chris,

Another elegant bird taken from an ideal pov. The colors, sharpness and twinkling in the eye are alle superb.


GReat shot chris, perfect chosen crop and POV, hard to improve on this,


Hello Christodoulos,
What a splendid photo with a interesting and a lovely species of birds, witch I never find in my county.
Absolutely amazing colors and focus. The light and exposure are excellent.
The contrast against this wonderful blurry background is perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-03-26 10:31]

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing photo of this Sociable Plover in fantastic sharpness, details and splendid natural colours. Taken from a perfect POV in an excellent composition.

Hello Chris,

Hope you are well and life is good in spring colours. I have just spotted you online and it reminded me of the fact that I missed commenting on your splendid photos lately so here I am friend, like a Sociable Plover, showing my respect for you.....smile.
This is a very good shot of this Sociable Plover, Chris.It stands alert and I am sure it stands apprehensive after watching you taking position for shooting it. And you have succeeded because we see him in this beautiful posture, great shot! Thanks a lot for sharing it....take care...warmest regards/Abid

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in nice standing pose on a fantastic blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-26 13:14]

Hello Christodoulos.
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed and beautiful colours. Superb lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.Best regards Siggi

nice and sharp capture of this rarity, TFS Ori

Hello Christodoulos,
What a lovely bird and very good picture.
Well done.
I did not see before this.
Have a good time.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-26 15:33]

A beautiful vanellus in the most elegant pose and in a spectaculat peinture as background,this is really fantastic my friend,the pic of the day,no doubt.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! what a great close-up of the Sociable Plover,
very fine POV at its level, fine framing,
great focus sharpness and details,
wonderful bokeh of the background, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-03-27 6:34]

Beautiful species with interesting name, good viewpoint and the pose looks is just for you to capture, wonderful moment..tfs.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-03-27 10:18]

Thank you for sharing this beautiful bird, beautiful colors that help blend in with its surroundings. Natural light and excellent presentation. Congratulations and greetings.

Qué maravilla Christo !! Aqui esta especie no la tenemos, solamente hivernando V. vanellus y V. gragarius
solamente la tenemos aquí accidentalmente. Una especie delicada a nivel mundial !!
Gracias por mostrárnosla tan bien.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-03-27 17:55]

Hello Christodoulos,
Congratulations on capturing such a rare bird for your area. The image is technically perfect in every way. A beautiful looking bird standing in such a proud pose, just for your camera. Detail is exceptional and colors are simply gorgeous. Love the low POV and semi blurred BG. Great job.

Hi Christodoulos.

İt's very important species for Cyprus ...Impressive photo ..Congraculatios...Regards,


Hello Christodoulos.
I like how you have perfectly isolated this bird in the frame. The light is amazing and the wings details are well defined. The composition has pleasing tone that I like.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.

Hi Christodoulos,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Sociable Plovers. It is clear and sharp. The late afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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