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Spur-winged Lapwing

Spur-winged 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: 2008-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-19 8:39
Viewed: 4900
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

The bird got its name because of a spur (a small claw) hidden in each of its wings.

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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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-19 9:20]

Hello Peter,
A very fine capture of the Spur-winged Plover showing it in a classic pose. Lapwings seem to be "just standing about" a lot! Excellent focus and beautiful details of its plumage. The green background makes it stand out very nicely too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter, lovely bird with splendid focus, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-19 10:36]

Hi Peter. One more to addto your list of fine birds from your trip . very good detail and colour in the feathers i like the pink/buff coloured ones .A nice low POV/DOF. with good notes too. Well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-19 10:40]

Hi Peter,
Lovely capture of this lapwing.POV,pose of bird,natural color and clear eyes are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-19 10:59]

Hi Peter,

A beautiful Lapwing in a nice pose. The layers of the wings are wonderful. Lovely colors, fine details and a nice setting.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-19 11:25]

Hi Peter

Lovely photo of this Spur-winged Lapwing!
I really like the way the subject is integrated here in its habitat - well blurred BG (but still with some textures visible) and nice short FG vegetation.
Very nice presentation!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-19 12:14]

Hello Peter,
Fine capture of a Spur-winged Plover taken from a nice low POV with excellent focusing and sharpness of the bird against a contrasting OOF natural BG.
This is a species I have seen several times but have yet to photograph.
TFS and have a good weekend,
Best regards,

Hi my dear friend Peter,
A lovely and excellent capture of this beautiful plover having a wonderful pattern in a fine composition with great clarity.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

Ciao Peter,
un'altra bella cattura in terra africana, eccellenti POV e composizione con la bella postura dell'uccello su uno stupendo OOF BG con un buon effetto TD, buona definizione, belli e naturali i colori.

Buon weekend

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-19 14:55]

Merhaba Sevgili Dostum,
Bu çok ürkek ve nazlı kuşun oldukça yakından ve başarılı bir karesini sunmuşsunuz. Çok asil ve tipik bir duruşu esnasında çekilmiş müthiş bir kare. Emeğinize sağlık.


Hi Peter,
Nice capture of this Vanellus spinosus, good composition.
TFS and Regards

Hello Peter,
Great shot, excellent sharpness and depth of fieldlvoely colors, good sharpness and lovely light.

Hallo Peter,

Mooie opname van de op een Kievit lijkende vogel.
Fraai standpunt met een mooie scherptediepte.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-20 2:57]

Hello peter, This is different from the one we have in India. Superb shot and nice natural scene. Ganesh

Hello Peter
A fine capture with excellent focus and nice blurred BG

Hallo Peter,
Mooi om te fotograferen die Lapwings. Deze soort nog niet gespot. Wel de Blacksmith Lapwing zowel in Kruger als in Etosha. Misschien is dit wel de meer noordelijke versie.
Mooie plaat. En zo zijn we weer helemaal terug:-)
en bedankt...

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-20 9:09]

Hello Peter,
Very nice image with good eye contact. I am sure you were close to the object. nice lighting and good sharp image.
Best regard Siggi

hallo Peter
mooie scherpe foto
een apart beestje ,heeft wel wat weg van de kieviet
groetjes lou

hello Peter!
fine capture of this beautiful bird, common in lake Kerkini, the focus is very good, with great colors output and sharpness!
keep photographing! TFS

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