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Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Plover
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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/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 5:51
Viewed: 5516
Points: 62
[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.

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: mostly from Wikipedia)

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Hi Peter,
the pose is beautiful, like this bird is thinking: Hey, there's a fotografer, shall I fly away or pose for this man ?!?
That Lapwing is very pretty and has an interesting red eye.
Excellent shot, thanks and enjoy the day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

superb shot , great pov

Mooi scherp op het oog,

leuk gehad daar?


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-24 6:39]

Hello Peter,
An excellent portrait of the Spur-winged Plover. The pose, low POV, sharpness and colours contribute to a fine well composed image.
Nice eye contact too.
This species turns up in Lesvos most years, but we missed it.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-24 7:46]

Hi Peter!
Excellent sharp capture. The details of the plumage are very good. Splendid light and colours.
Excellent blurry B/G.
Ciao! vanda

hallo Peter
Mooie opname van deze bijzondere vogel voor mij
Staat er goed bij met mooie kleuren en een super achtergrond waardoor hij er goed op staat
groetjes lou

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-24 8:55]

Hello Peter
Excellent capture of this very rare specie for my country.

Hallo Peter,

dit lijkt me familie van de kiviet.
Goed laag stndpunt en wazige achtergrond.
Mooie kleuren.


hello Peter

excellent photo of the Spur-winged Plover, the fine low POV
at the level of the bird it give the beautiful eye-contact,
with fine focus excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Peter

Oh! What happened there? Why this beautiful bird looks very worry? Hungry? Goes something wrong? Perhaps this is original posture of this bird, you know the best :) Very nice composed and taken photo my friend. Bravo and TFS.


Nice bird, with impressive color level (look the beatiful white area down eye... I live a lot the blurred an deep BG, this generatesvery visual impact. Good work!
PS: Ha ha! The notes says "a loud did-he-do-it call" Here we have the very seems "southern lapwing" and make a sound similar! are really a head pain! Heavens! :)
Regards, Jess

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-24 11:52]

Hi Peter. Looks like you had better weatehr for this one . This is an interesting looking bird. It looks as if it has to many featehrs on its back it may just be the colour. The bright red eye stands out so well. Taken with good detail and natural looking colours. well taken TFS.

Ciao Peter, wonderful bird in nice pose, beautiful natural ambientation, perfect focus on red eye, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-24 14:22]

Hi Peter,
Very good capture of this loveyl bird in nice pose with great sharpness and nice colors.TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-24 14:23]

Hello Peter,
Superb shot of this beautiful Plover. Excellent focus, good light and lovely colours.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter
this bird common in our city. nice to know it presents in Senegal too. you nicely captured it, with nice details, eyes conatct and POV. its red eye iris looks very beautiful.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-24 17:55]

Hello Peter,
Fantastic image with great colours and sharp details in a nice setting. This species has a vivid red eye I see. Great work as usual Peter, thank you.

Good Morning Peter,

Lovel capture of this beuty with nice pose, good details and exposure!
TFS and have a nice day!


Ciao Peter. Another godd capture with brigh colours and details. A usual perfect focus on red eye.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-25 6:10]

Wonderful image with good colors and fine pose by the bird which looks wet, was it captured after rain. The soft lighting worked wonderfully here. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-25 8:18]

Hi Peter,the best way to take this specie,excellent sharpness and colors and the details of the eye is fantastic,very nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Peter, lovely shot of this beautiful coloured plover with nice pose, details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Peter,
Great image taken with excellent details, natural colors and good eye contact. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-25 11:10]

Hello Peter,
A very fine sharp view of the Spur-winged Plover. Great focus on the red eye and beautiful natural colours of the plumage. Sad to hear about its decline in the north, I wonder why!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-25 11:51]

Hi Peter
What a great shot!
This new for me bird, is fantastic!
Details and colors are great!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-05-25 12:45]

Merhaba Peter,
Harika yakalamışsın; netlik, renkler ve doğal ortamıyla ok gzel bir kompozsiyon olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, selam ve sevgiler..

Hello Peter
great shot of such a beautiful bird, greatly presented with superb clarity and details,
lighting is very good and gives wunderful colors at the whole imagelovely posture and fine DOF
Have a good night

Hello Peter,
beautiful photography, with natural colors, excellent contrast and sharpness
Excellent POV
thanks for sharing.
hello Vanni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-25 16:29]

Hi Peter,
very beautiful shot of this bird. The gazed face is very lively and special composition to me. I like the blurred background that harmonises with the colour of the wings.
the sharpness is pristine and the red eye is so catchy.
Well presented and excellent scene in its field ofgrass.


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-05-29 0:30]

Hi Peter nice image of this Plover , like that catch light in its bright red eye , great low point of view with good detail and color

TFS & regards

Hallo Peter,
a splendid capture of the Spur-winged Lapwing taken from an excellent low POV with a perfect focusing on the eye, marvellous bright colours, a very pleasant composition.
Best regards

Hello Peter,
Thanks for invite me to visit your gallery... Usually I don't comment photos of captive animals (parks, zoo...). Maybe I'm wrong... I did not see that you bring back nice shots from your Senegal trip! This one is fantastic: I like the bright red eye and nice colours of this plover. Well done! Have a nice weekend,

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