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Whitecrowned Plover


Whitecrowned Plover
Photo Information
Copyright: nyala land (nyala) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 87] (661)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-06 9:15
Viewed: 3397
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-headed Plover or White-crowned Plover (Vanellus albiceps) is a medium-sized wader, which despite its name is a lapwing rather than a typical plover. It is resident throughout tropical Africa, usually near large rivers.
It is a wader which breeds on exposed sand or shingle near rivers. 2-3 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including the hippopotamus.
This lapwing is unmistakable. Its wings and tail are strikingly patterned in black and white, the back is brown and the underparts white. The head is particularly striking, being mainly grey, but with a white crown and foreneck. The eyering, facial wattles and legs are yellow. Females, males and young birds are similar in plumage.
Food is mainly insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in small flocks when not breeding.

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Beautiful one.
Nice clolors. Good sharpness. Good portrait of the White-headed Plover.
TFS
Annick

Hi Nyala
Excellent shot!
TFS
Ralf

  • Great 
  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-12-06 11:52]

bellissima foto di questo animale che non avevo mai visto, un sincero ringraziamento.
ed un saluto Pierdamiano

Hello Nyala,

I have never seemn this bird before!
You have captured it with excellent, sharp detail! The facial wattles are very striking!

The light looks to have been very strong but you have coped with it well!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Very good photo. Great sharpness and colours are excellent.

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