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Vanellus spinosus

Vanellus spinosus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-02-01 14:17
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Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Genus: Vanellus
Species:V. spinosus

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.
It is one of several species of wader supposed to be the "trochilus" bird said by Herodotus to have been involved in an unattested cleaning symbiosis with the Nile crocodile.The spur-winged lapwing 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. The 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 lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.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's common name refers to a small claw or spur 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.
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. (wikipedia)

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This is a cute looking Lapwing from Senegal, Luciano.
The direction of light has not given a clear impression of the eye, but it is an impressive image in its totality with a natural water background.

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'oiseau semble observer les environs. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Vanneau à éperons(Vanellus spinosus). La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Beautiful lapwing, Luciano. I haven't seen this bird in nature yet and you know I never capture picture in bird park/Zoo. Nice natural habitat with natural colour.
Enjoying your comments on my pictures.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-02-02 20:52]

Hello Luciano,
An attractive shot of this lovely spur-winged lapwing. I like the contrasting tan, black and white colors in its plumage. It has the typical body features of a plover, but with exceptionally long legs. Feature wise the closest bird we have here in Ohio to it is the Killdeer. TFS.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2017-02-03 14:35]

Hola Luciano, que buena especie que tampoco conocía, me encanta esta ave y su entorno natural...saludos.

Hello Luciano

Beautiful photo of this lapwing, with fine POV obtaining its
eye-contact, excellent focus, sharpness, beautiful details, TFS


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