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Black-headed Lapwing

Black-headed 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: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-26 7:36
Viewed: 4408
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This species of lapwing/plover is NEW ON TN. There are several species of lapwing here on TN, but I canít find a Black-headed Lapwing here.
The quality of the photo is in my opinion not superb, but itís worth posting this new bird. I took this photo from an open jeep.

The Black-headed Plover or Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus) is a large lapwing, a group of largish waders in the family Charadriidae. It is a resident breeder across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia, although it has seasonal movements. It lays two or three eggs on a ground scrape.

These are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are medium-large waders with a black head other than a white forehead, lower face and bands across the rear head and nape. There is a wispy black crest like Northern Lapwing and the bill and legs are red. The tail is white, tipped black.

In flight, Black-headed Plover's upperwings have black flight feathers and brown coverts separated by a white bar. The underwings are white with black flight feathers.

This species is a common breeder in wet lowland habitats close to water. It often feeds in drier habitats, such as golf courses and grassy scrub, picking insects and other invertebrates from the ground.

Black-headed Plover has a metallic tink-tink call.

Source: Wikipedia

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Catching something unusual and rare for the pages of TN is a truly spectacular achievement, Peter! That's is an unseen species between more than 200,000 entries! Wow, good job indeed! lovely dept of field, fantastically natural white balance and a classical composition! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter, super shot of this beautiful plover.
Thanks for this. It is really great.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-26 7:47]

Hi Peter,
Congratultions for this new species on TN!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-26 8:00]

Hello Peter,
This is well worth posting!
Ok, it's not your best quality but taken from an open Jeep without much time makes this shot of a Black-headed Plover a fine one. Congratulations on this new species for TN!
The clarity, pose, and colours are great. I took a nice one of this species on the golf course in Gambia, but it was not digital.
Thanks fot this fine reminder!
Best regards,

wat een oog peter

mooi schot, nog nooit van gehoord deze


hello Peter

congratulations for this 1st one on TN, this is a very
beautiful photo of the Black-headed Lapwing, fine POV
and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
beautiful eye-contact, i love that the bird it is a little bit
from far and we can see of his environment with me, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-26 8:43]

Hi Peter,it's always a great satisfaction a first time on TN...and the pic is the best as possible in these light moment,the sharpness and the colors of the bird are perfects..thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Congratulations! with this first on TN post Peter.
AND thanks a lot for sharing this beauty with us. Always nice to learn new things! Greatly taken from nice POV with impeccable clarity!
Have a great day!


hallo Peter
super zo,n vogel te vinden die nog niet op TN staat
Daarom is het niet erg dat hij niet helemaal perfect is
de kleuren en datails zijn erg goed
super Peter
groetjes lou

very nice lapwing, TFS Ori

Hello Peter,
Nice picture taken with good focus, excellent details, lovely colors and great eye contact. Congratulations for this new species on TN!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-26 12:33]

Hello Peter.
A lovely composition with good colour and excellent detail and isolation from the BG. Well observed and captured.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Exceptional details and focus. Very good clarity and amazing sharpness.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-26 12:41]

Hi Peter. The legs the bill and the yellow eyes all stand out on the bird. I like the pose with the bird having a look at you. The eye looks so large for the size of the head. Taken with fine detail and natural colours. TFS.

Hello Peter friend,
Excellent DOF, superb balance, a great POV to show this rare bird ... Thanks for posting! ... good job!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-26 14:13]

Hello Peter,
Congratualtions to you for this first species on TN!..
Thanks for posting...

Hallo Peter,

Alweer een mooie vogelplaat met goed laag standpunt en mooie natuurlijke kleuren.


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-26 16:50]

Hi Peter,

That Black-headed Lapwing reminds me very much of the Killdeer that we see throughout Canada and the US; they are also plovers. The colours of the bird in your photo are great. As you said, some aspects of the quality of the photo could be a bit better, but some are very well done. And, you managed to get the shot, and contribute a very interesting species record. TFS.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-26 18:19]

Hello Peter,
That eye is incredibly piercing to look at WOW. Great image Peter with equally great camera work, thank you.

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-27 4:26]

Hello Peter,
Very interestung your series on Senegalese birds. This one has an amazing yellow eye and seems to have seen the photographer. The color of the plumage is well adapted to its environment too.
Thanks also for the interesting note
Kind regards

Ciao Peter. Great light here with best colours results and perfect focus. Best compliments for the first of this specie on TN!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-05-27 5:26]

Hi Peter
Well to me it came out pretty good,colors and detail are good I also like the pose .It is always interesting to see a new species.
TFS Michel

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-27 12:08]

Hi Peter
What a interesting bird today!
Great colors and details.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-27 19:26]

Hello Peter,
very nice shot in larity and lively contrast. The brown plumage is well seen against the brown earth still. The sharpness of the yellow ringed eye is so stunning. Exciting and very well captured bird in simple butrt effective presentation.


Superb capture... wonderfully presented. Composition great and detail outstanding.


Hello Peter
congratulations for a first on TN, the bird is well focused with superb details
nice pose and POVfrom his profil,
very well done and have a good night

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-31 19:14]

Hello Peter,
What a stunning shot of this beautiful bird. The black and white head in contrast to the body really captures your attention. Nicely composed showing good detail and gorgeous colors. Thank you for posting this unusual Plover image.
It's funny but the first thing I thought about when I viewed this bird was how much it reminds me of our Killdeer in it's upright standing posture.

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