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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-07 5:51
Viewed: 4816
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In this photo of the Spur-winged Lapwing you can see how this bird gets its name. It got its name because of a spur (a small claw) hidden in each of its wings, but in flight you can see them.

The Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus spinosus) is a lapwing species, one of a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae, 25 – 28 cm.

It breeds around the eastern Mediterranean, and in a wide band from sub-Saharan west Africa to Arabia. The Greek and Turkish breeders are migratory, but other populations are resident.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are medium-large waders with black crown, chest, foreneck stripe and tail. The face, the rest of the neck and belly are white and the wings and back are light brown. The bill and legs are black. Its striking appearance is supplemented by its noisy nature, with a loud did-he-do-it call.

This species has a preference for marshes and similar freshwater wetland habitats. The food of the Spur-winged Lapwing is insects and other invertebrates, which are picked from the ground. The famed "Crocodile Bird" is sometimes taken to be this species, but it is actually the true plover Pluvianus aegyptius. (See my photo of last november)

It lays two blotchy yellowish eggs on a ground scrape. The Spur-winged Lapwing is known to sometimes use the wing-claws in an attack on animals and, rarely, people, who get too close to the birds' exposed offspring.

This species is declining in its northern range, but is abundant in much of tropical Africa, being seen at almost any wetland habitat in its range. The Spur-winged Plover is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Name confusion
Note that the well-known "Spur-winged Plover" of southern Australasia is a different species Vanellus miles. To avoid confusion, it has been re-named Masked Lapwing.
A similar-looking species from Southeast Asia was called "Spur-winged Lapwing" while V. spinosus was still referred to as ""plover". This is now the River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii).

(Source: most from Wikipedia)

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-09-07 6:07]

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture of Spur-winged Lapwing in nice pose ...
Very good composition and colors.
Best wishes,

hallo Peter
mooi foto zo in de vlucht genomen
veel details en goed van scherpte je ziet zelfs zijn rode ogen
groetjes lou

Hallo Perter,

zie het al de laatste tijd, naast lou, maken jullie afspraakjes/
Dachrt eerst foto van de kievit maar nee het is een onbekende van mij.
stat er goed op met goede detailering en prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.


Ciao Peter, lovely bird in fantastic fly, wonderful capture with splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

With the sun in that position I can see you may have had to lighten a bit to get any lines in the black....but that is just a guess. Careful here. You shall make Asbed jealous.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-07 8:58]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of the Sup-winged Plover!
This in-flight shows the spur on the front of each wing with excellent sharpness and the rest of the features are well shown with fine clarity and light management against the clear sky.
Great to view and thanks for sharing this,
With kind regards,

Hello Peter, great in flight shot of this beautifully coloured bird with nice pov and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-07 9:58]

Hello Peter,
Fantastic in flight shot of this Lapwing, excellent composition and nice pov, beautiful colors and contrast,very good sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-07 10:02]

Hi Peter
Excellent in flight image , I've been practicing last weekend but I,m still not quite there.Sharp image with excellent detail,I'm impress to see that catch light in the eye.
Great work tfs Michel

Hello Peter,
Excellent inflight photo taken with sharp details, nice colours and good composition. Well done!

Ciao Peter. An exciting flying capture with good details and colours.


Hello Peter,
Wonderful colours and superb details. Exceptional focus and very nice composition.

Hello Peter.
Beautiful picture taken from nice angle... Very good composition, and sharpness and detail perfect...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-07 12:52]

Hi Peter,in this bird i see the same colors of my last butterfly..ehhe...impressive pic whit a great sharpness and georgeous composition and wings position,a great gift for a birds fans of TN...and for all too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-07 15:03]

Hola Peter.
Hermosa la foto de esta Ave en pleno vuelo. El color azul del cielo le da mas valor a la imagen. La nota escrita es tambien de muy buen contenido.
Saludos Peter.

Hello Peter,
Beautiful photo, excellent POV, excellent sharpness and contrast.
complient and thanks for sharing.
hello Vanni

Hallo Peter
Vanellus spinosus is common here in summer period. nice to see it with your shot from Senegal. you captured it nicely againts blue sky. nicely composed and focused. thanks for sharing. well done

Yes, the spur is clearly visible on the wingtips of this Lapwing, Peter.
The good quality of this shot of a bird in flight is well demonstrated by the sharpness of the bird's eye.
Thanks for sharing yet another prize picture from your trip to Africa.

Hi and Good Morning MF Peter,

I like the POV here. A nice, sharp in-flight of the this Spur-winged Lapwing with a great plain and well-exposed BG creating a good contrast with the main subject. A nice, pleasing composition too.
TFS and have a nice day!


A lovely shot of this Lapwing in flight, Peter!
You chose your POV very well for this one; it gives us a perfect view of the bird!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-09-08 0:22]

Hi Peter!
Fantastic capture of this bird in fly! Excellent focus and fine details.
Very good light and nice contrast against the blue sky.
Ciao! Vanda

Hi Peter,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Spur-winged Lapwing bird in flight. Good action capture with good details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful work! Inspiring capture, the details and focus look incredible. it is simply perfect.
Kind regards,

Hi Peter. Lovely and excellent in-flight shot of a lapwing.
Thanks for sharing.

hello Peter

this is an excellent close-up in-flight shot of the Lapwing,
fine POV and framing, fine focus sharpness and details,
i love the bird's flight pose and your POV on it, TFS


Hello Peter
superb in-flight shot, this black and white bird with a red eye is very well taken, wonderful sharpness and fine position in the air, the sky makes a beautiful and contrasting BG
Have a good night

Como siempre, nos transportas a esas tierras a través de tus fotografías. esta toma me recuerda a nuestra urraca por sus parecidos en el color. Bien "congelada"
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-09 12:18]

Hello Peter,
A lovely capture of this Spur-winged Lapwing in flight! Very well-timed and very nicely in focus. A nice plain background and well framed too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-12 9:29]

Hi Peter,

I have some catching up to do! Couldn't skip over this marvelous shot of the Spur-winged Lapwing in flight. Wonderful timing to get this position showing off his beautiful colors and all the fine details of the bird. I really appreciate your notes - I learned my new thing for the day. The view of the spurs is excellent.


Hallo Peter,
a fantastic capture of the Spur-winged Lapwing in-flight, perfect exposure and superb contrast of colours, very good sharpness, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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