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Wattle Plover Portrait

Wattle Plover Portrait
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-05 5:22
Viewed: 2602
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The African Wattled Lapwing or Senegal Wattled Plover, Vanellus senegallus, is a large lapwing, a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a resident breeder in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests, although it has seasonal movements.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are large brown waders with a black crown, white forehead and large yellow facial wattles. The tail is white, tipped black, and the long legs are yellow.

In flight, African Wattled Lapwings' upperwings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are white with black flight feathers. The African Wattled Lapwing has a loud peep-peep call.

This species is a common breeder in wet lowland habitats, especially damp grassland. It often feeds in drier habitats, such as golf courses, picking insects and other invertebrates from the ground. It lays three or four eggs on a ground scrape.

The African Wattled Lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
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hello Paul
nice head with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou


Great close up portrait. The catchlight in the eye is great. I also like the tight composition, POV, DOF, BG, sharpness of the subject and lighting in the clear image. Well done mate!

good close up. great color perfection. thanks for sharing.

Hello Pauly

Excellent and very beautiful portrait of this
beautiful bird that is the African Wattled Lapwing,
fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
i love the expressive glance, great focus
sharpness and details, TFS


This is well focus mugshot of this plover my friend, Jesús. I like the sharpness around the head especially the eye. The tone is pleasing and the yellow markings are so contrasting against the brownish plumage. Nice one and thanks for sharing.

Hi Pauly!
Lovely bird and great details! Well done!
Nice evening!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-05 7:51]

Hi Paul,
Splendid portrait of this interesting species, TFS!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-05 7:55]

Hi Paul.This is portrait is an artwork! What a absolute perfection,fanastic light balance and the best colors and sharpness to take this colorfull head,very very great pic and beautiful specie too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Paul,
What a marvellous close-up of this beautiful bird!
Excellent focus, sharp details, nice bg and wondrous composition.
Very good note too.

HI Pauly,
what a nice eye of this bird. Amazing depth.
Very nice colours. Great sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Paul, the first floor of this spectacular bird, a very beautiful image full of light and color. A great image and a beautiful subject. All the best, Paul

Hello Paul,
great capture of this waterbird with vivid colours and fine eye contact. Nicely blurred background and good sharpness with many details.
Best wishes,

Hello Paul
Congratulations beautiful first floor, good detail and natural colors,
good focus and good BG.
Hello Nico TFS

I find the colours of this bird amazing. Excellent close-up. regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-05 11:18]

Hi Paul,
very nice portrait of a beautiful bird,nice colours with very good
details and xcellent focus on the eye.
Regards Jiri.

Impressive eye Pauly! Excellent portrait. The colours are fantastic and the sharpness is impressive.

Hello Paul,
Lovely capture with interesting and nice eye contact. Great details and fantastic sharpness. Lovely capture.

Hello Pauly
A fascinating portrait and a superb profil view for this bird. The subject is so well focused and captured with vivid colours, great sharp details and excellent POV and OOF BG. Well done!

Hello Paul,
A successful crop and a wonderful depth in this photo, the bird's eye contact is very accurate and generates great eloquence. Nice work MF!
Regards, TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-05 12:27]

Hello Pauly,
Excellent portrait of this Wattled Plover in great sharpness and details. Fantastic eye contact, DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-05 13:27]

Hello Paul.
Very nice portrait of this African Wattled Lapwing with excellent sharpness,colors and details.TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • ABON Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
  • [2011-07-05 13:44]

Hi Paul,
Great sharpness and perfect colours,great shot!

Hello Paul
compliments for the nice photo, great sharpness and contrast.
Beautiful natural colors and POV
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Excellent combination of DOF, eye detail and colours. Very nice composition.

Hi Paul,
Excellent sharp, detailed photo in beautiful colours!!!

Hola Pauly,
Magnifico primer plano de esta magnifica y bella ave,los detalles de la cabeza y el plumaje perfectamente enfocados hace un gran trabajo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-08 0:54]

hello Paul,
very lively head portrait. The colors are so strong and exciting. The sharpness and clarity is so good with the soft blurry background making the view so pretty.


Hi Paul,

You're capturing this impressive cute bird by a good macro, good focus and excellent tone, it's interesting to see white-red forehead and large yellow facial/nib. It's eyes looks cute and gentle. So, this is interesting bird for me, I see this species of bird firstly.


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