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African Wattled Lapwing

African Wattled Lapwing
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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: 2016-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-21 8:08
Viewed: 1797
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The same bird as my previous posting, but this time the close-up of the African Wattled Lapwing or African Wattled Plover.

New information from another website:
Distribution and habitat
Occurs across sub-Saharan Africa; In West Africa and in southern Africa it is fairly common in Zimbabwe, northern Botswana and Namibia (including the Caprivi Strip), north-eastern South Africa, Swaziland and central and southern Mozambique. It generally prefers waterlogged grassland at streams, seeps edges of marshes and flood plains, as well as exposed areas along the edges of lakes and pans, burnt grassland and cultivated land.

Movements and migrations
Resident while breeding, but nomadic during the rainy season.

It mainly eats insects, doing most of its foraging by walking slowly while scanning the ground for prey to catch. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:
-Orthoptera (crickets, locusts and grasshoppers)
-Coleoptera (beetles)
-caterpillars (larval stage of Lepidoptera)
*grass seeds

Monogamous, territorial solitary nester, with the male defending its territory vigorously against intruders (mainly other African wattled lapwings) by striking them with its wings. Displays and fights are most intense at the beginning of the breeding season, as later males only call and use threat postures to defend their territory.
The nest is a shallow depression in the ground, several of which are created by the male before the female chooses one to be lined thickly with grass stems, roots, pebbles and dry dung. It is typically placed on bare ground in short or burnt grassland, or occasionally small islands in marshy areas.
Egg-laying season is from July-December, peaking from September-October.
It lays 2-4 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for about 28-32 days, often mobbing predators which come to close.
The chicks leave the nest within 24 hours, and are always tended by at least one adult, fledging at about 40 days old but only leaving the family group at the start of the following breeding season.

Not threatened, in fact it may have benefited from the modification of habitats by humans.

Source: www.biodiversityexplorer.org

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Hello Peter,
Another beautiful photograph of this "African Wattled Lapwing". Excellent light with splendid BG. Very attractive details as well as its POV. Good work...
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-03-21 12:57]

Hi Peter,

Excellent capture of this fine bird. The light is excellent as are the finest details and the rich warm colors.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-03-21 18:51]

Hello Peter,
Both this and your previous shot are top quality images. I like the way this POV displays those fine facial features as well as it's beautiful plumage markings. Wonderful eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight. Again the gorgeous patterns in the greenish tinted water is a real bonus.

Hello Peter,
pleasantly warm colours in this well composed presentation.
I like its pose, and its bright legs standing out so well against the dark waters.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-03-23 10:54]

Hi Peter,
Marvellous capture from close range,even nicer than the previous.
Wonderful color and sharpness.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
What a beauty....Nice composition with this interesting lapwing specie. The light is perfect for this photo. Very good focus and sharp details as usual.

Hallo Peter
super scherpe opname met prachtig licht
de kleuren zijn nu nog mooier dan de andere foto van deze vogel
pracht plaat
NU!!goed doen

groet lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2016-03-25 10:07]

Hallo Peter,
Nice composition and light ..
Beautiful sharpness and natural colours with a nice pose with eye contact.
Have a good weekend,

Ciao Peter, great capture of beautiful bird on nice BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well fone, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

Great shot of this African wader bird, with very fine POV obtaining its eye-contact,
wonderful warm light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-03-28 14:32]

Hi Peter,very bright capture of this beautiful lapwing token in the best light and very sharp,elegant pose and wonderful colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,

Very nice phto and bird, great.

Best regards

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