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Northern Lapwing

Northern Lapwing
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400 D, 75-300mm f4-5.6, Hama UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 13:31
Viewed: 3349
Points: 22
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Northern Lapwing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), also known as the Peewit, Green Plover or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing, is a bird in the plover family. It is common through temperate Europe, and across temperate Asia. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America. Many records in North America happen after storms. A storm in December 1927 and another in January 1966 account for an appreciable part of Canadian records.
It is highly migratory over most of its extensive range, wintering further south as far as north Africa, northern India and 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.
The numbers of this species have been adversely affected by intensive agricultural techniques. In winter it forms huge flocks on open land, particularly arable land and mud-flats.
This lapwing is a 28-31cm long bird with a 67-72cm wingspan, It has rounded wings and a crest. It is the shortest-legged of the lapwings. It is mainly black and white, but the back is tinted green. Females and young birds have narrower wings, 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. Peewit describes the bird's shrill call. This is a vocal bird in the breeding season, with constant calling as the crazed tumbling display flight is performed by the male.
Food is mainly 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 nocturnally when there are moonlit nights.
In The Netherlands it is a cultural-historical competition to finds the first Peewit egg of the year (het eerste kievitsei). It's especially popular in Friesland province. There are also regional competitions.
The Northern Lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-22 13:34]

Hi Jose. This is a fine close up of the Northern Lapwing. Which you have taken with good detail and warm colours. I like the low POV looking strait at the bird. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-22 13:39]

Hello Jose
A nice capture of this Northern Lapwing. He has beautiful colours on his feathers, very iridescent. His little head feather really adds a lot of character to this little guy. Nicely composed, lighting and details. Great notes too.
Regards Siggi

Hola Jose
very nice shot for very beautiful Lapwing in natural winter biotop. it is common here in spring and summer time. but I have not seen it in recent two months. You captured it with a very nice POV and focus. I think it is a male, with long crest.
Thanks for sharing, best wishes friend

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-22 14:05]

Hi Jose,

I would love to see one of these Lapwings in the wild! For now I will have to settle for this wonderful picture of yours. He is a beauty with the amazing feather. Colors are marvelous and the details of his face, wings and plummage are excellent. He looks all dressed up in a vest. I love the natural setting and the composition.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-22 23:03]

hello Jose
good capture of another timid bird especially in breeding period (Kızkuşu in Turkish)
i like pose, POV, colours and note

Hi Jose,

This bird that are breeding in the Netherlands and where millions of Euro's are spend to behold them as an breeding bird.
It's gonna bad with this bire.
In France and Italia the where shot down its an rare bird now.
In the Netherlands there are breeding the most of this pcie.
Good capture from this beautiful bird and with beautiful colours.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-23 0:30]

Merhaba Jose,
Geçen aylarda nihayet ben de çekebildim bu zarif ve ürkek kuşu. İnsanlardan rahatsız olan ve yaklaşması güç olan bu kuşun gayet güzel bir karesini sunmuşsun. Renkler ve bakış açısı mükemmel. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-23 5:00]

Hello José,
A superb portrait of a Lapwing in winter plumage. The good focusing has allowed it to stand out sharply against an OOF natural BG from a fine low POV.
TFS this beauty,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-24 11:53]

Hello Jose! Very nice subject, a very well done photograph with sharp details and a very good composition, thanks!


Nice details and colors Jose, a good POV.
Love that long crest extending back so far, it's quite distinctive :)
Well done,

Hi Jose
Very nice sharp image. I like the composition with main object on the right side. also nice low POV and good blured background
Very good job

Ciao Jose,
bellissima immagine di Pavoncella catturata in una splendida postura con un ottimo POV basso, buona la definizione, belli e naturali, preferisco la tua immagine a quella in WS perchè trovo la composizione ambientata più bella.

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