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northern lapwing

northern lapwing
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Copyright: marios philippou (marios) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/4000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-10 4:34
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Points: 10
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The northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), also known as the peewit or pewit (imitative of its cry), green plover (emphasising the colour of the plumage) or (in the British Isles) just lapwing (which refers to its peculiar, erratic way of flying), 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, northern India, Pakistan, and parts of China. It migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. Lowland breeders in westernmost areas of Europe are resident.

It is a wader which breeds on cultivated land and other short vegetation habitats. 3 4 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including horses and cattle.

In winter it forms huge flocks on open land, particularly arable land and mud-flats.

The northern lapwing is a 2833 cm (1113 in) long bird with a 6787 cm (2634 in) wingspan and a body mass of 128330 g (4.511.6 oz). It has rounded wings and a crest. It is also the shortest-legged of the lapwings. It is mainly black and white, but the back is tinted green. The male has a long crest and a black crown, throat and breast contrasting with an otherwise white face. Females and young birds have shorter crests, 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 (OED derives this from an Old English word meaning "to totter"), or from its habit of drawing potential predators away from its nest by trailing a wing as if broken. This is a vocal bird in the breeding season, with constant calling as the crazed tumbling display flight is performed by the male. The typical contact call is a loud, shrill "pee-wit" from which they get their other name of peewit. Displaying males usually make a wheezy "pee-wit, wit wit, eeze wit" during their display flight, these birds also make squeaking or mewing sounds.

It feeds primarily on insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in mixed flocks with golden plovers and black-headed gulls, the latter often robbing the two plovers, but providing a degree of protection against predators.

Like the golden plovers, this species prefers to feed at night when there is moonlight Wikipedia


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WONDERFUL capture of this northern lapwing but I think the composition very tight.More space around would be good.

Ciao Marios, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-10 14:57]

Hi Marios,great capture of this lapwing,the perfect light to take the best colors of the beautiful plumage,very elegant pose too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-11-10 18:08]
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Hello Marios,
You have presented to us a beautiful lapwing in an attractive pose. The iridescent colors in it's plumage are stunning to view and the focus is tac sharp. The framing seems a bit tight, but still a fine looking photograph.
Well done!!

Hi Marios,
a very fine picture of the Lapwing.
I like the low POW and the nice natural colours, even the sharpness is good.
But I'm not so sure about the composition, you need a lot more space in front of the bird for a good balance of the picture.
Nice to see a picture from Akrotiri, around the Salt lake I suppose.

Best regards

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