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Birds from Kruger II

Birds from Kruger II
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A900, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, bean bag
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-24 2:51
Viewed: 3346
Points: 12
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Another colorfull bird we saw in the same morning drive as yesterdays upload is this three banded plover.

The Three-banded Plover is a small wader. This plover is resident in much of eastern and southern Africa and Madagascar, mainly on inland rivers, pools and lakes. Its nest is a bare scrape on shingle.

The adult Three-banded Plover is 18 cm in length. It has long wings and a long tail, and therefore looks different from most other small plovers in flight, the exception being the closely related Forbes's Plover which replaces it in west Africa.

The adult Three-banded Plover has medium brown upperparts, and the underparts are white except for the two black breast bands, separated by a white band, which give this species its common and scientific names. The head is strikingly patterned, with a black crown, white supercilia extending from the white forehead to meet on the back of the neck, and a grey face becoming brown on the neck. The eye ring and the base of the otherwise black bill are red.

The Madagascan subspecies C. t. bifrontatus has a grey band between the bill and the white forehead, and the sides of the head are grey. The sexes are similar, and the juveniles of the nominate and Madagascan subspecies also resemble the adults, although the forehead is brownish for a short time. This species is distinguished from the larger, darker Forbes’s Plover in that the latter species has a brown forehead and lacks a white wingbar.

This species is often seen as single individuals, but it will form small flocks. It hunts by sight for insects, worms and other invertebrates. Three-banded Plover has a sharp whistled weeet-weet call.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-24 3:25]

Hi Paul,
Wat een prachtige heldere foto van deze Driebandplevier. De ring rond het oog is fascinerend. Uitstekende scherpte en details. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-24 3:42]

Hello Paul
A clear image with excellent details and natural colors
Well done

Bonjour Paul
Bravo pour cette excellente prise la présentation est réussie et l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les détails du plumage.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-24 7:28]

Hej Paul,
A really great capture of this interesting Plover in its favourite environment! Fantastic sharpness and beautiful colours!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-24 8:29]

Hello Paul,
A lovely shot of this cute little plover.
Markings are very well shown in sharp details.
Good exposure resulting in natural colors.
Nice to see the bird in its natural habitat.
Love that red rim around the eye.
TFS. ; )

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-24 10:44]

Hi Paul. This is a fine close up of the Three-banded Plover . I like your low POV at the leavel of the bird. Whic you have taken with fine detail and natural colours.It red eye ring and bill stand out from the other colours. Well taken TFS.

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