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Crowned Lapwing II

Crowned Lapwing II
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-14 2:02
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Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 14
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The Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus), also known as the Crowned Plover, is a bird of the lapwing subfamily that occurs contiguously from the Red Sea coast of Somalia to southern and southwestern Africa. It is an adaptable and numerous species, with bold and noisy habits. It is related to the more localized Black-winged and Senegal Lapwings, with which it shares some plumage characteristics.
The Crowned Lapwing is easily recognized by its combination of brown and white colours, with most tellingly, a black crown intersected by an annular white halo. Adults are noisy and conspicuous.

Males measure on average 3% larger than females. Juveniles are dull versions of adults, vermiculated on the wings and mantle, the legs yellowy rather than red and the bill lacking the red base.
Crowned Lapwings prefer short dry grassland which may be overgrazed or burnt, but avoid mountains. In higher-rainfall areas such as parts of Zambia and Zimbabwe, they occur mainly as dry-season visitors. In dry regions of northern Botswana however, they are attracted in large numbers when good rainfall occurs. In southern Africa their highest concentrations are to be found in the dry central Kalahari region.

Although generally outnumbered by Blacksmith Lapwings, they are the most widespread and locally the most numerous lapwing species in their area of distribution. Their numbers have increased in the latter part of the 20th-century after benefiting from a range of human activities. They live up to 20 years.

The Crowned Lapwing is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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droplets in suspension are the icing on the cake..great shot George!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-14 7:28]

Hello George,
What a perfect timing..spectacular to have the bird and the droplets in focus! Fine color-combination and a cute bird with its striped cap and big yellow eye. Very pleasant and simple composition too.
Bravo again!
Kind regards

excellent capture with great razor sharp details, exposure, white balance. splendid coloration. thanks for sharing this beauty dear George.
all the best

Hi George,
This is an absolute master piece!!! Everything is in place and you even managed to capture a reflection in the water droplets.
Seeing this image captured forever makes me feel like I am only reaching for the 1st rung of the ladder to success!

This is just breathtaking george!
I love the blue & the freezed water drops. Fantastic picture.
Well done & TFS.

Hi George,
incredible photo of this bird. Great colours and composition. Perfect sharpness.
Have a nice week,

  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-14 12:57]

wow! first class image quality as usual!

amazingly sharp capture, TFS Ori

  • cobra112 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)
  • [2011-11-14 13:47]

Ciao George. Another masterpiece MF!


  • Sawwhet Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 92] (409)
  • [2011-11-14 16:10]

Hello George,
This is simply a masterpiece. The colours and details are breathtaking, a magical instant in nature frozen in time. This is most inspiring.
Thank you for sharing!

Hi George!
You sometimes seem to be a magician! ... Fabulous photo!....I like a lot the bird (of course) but the "fliying drops" are like a "magic plus!"...

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-11-14 17:14]

Hi George!
How did you get it?? I don´t believe I do not believe what I'm seeing...How did you get these drops of water in the air?????????? This is magic !!!! Congrats and thanks to sharing this wonderful pic with us!
NIce evening!

PS: I know that the answer is ...1/2500 !!!! Wow!!!

Olá George,
Belíssima imagem com cores firmes e nitidez excelente, meus parabéns por esta magnífica captura.

Hello George,
What can a say....it is a masterpiece!
A very interesting composition with lovely colors and great clarity.
Exceptional sharp details. You catch a perfect image no doubt.
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour George,
Très belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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