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Vanellus spinosus

Vanellus spinosus
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-28 12:39
Viewed: 4435
Points: 10
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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 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[citation needed].
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.

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This photo is taken in the Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Cropped format.

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Hello Ferran,

Great capture.
Focus light and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

A very attractive wading bird with excellent contrasting plumage.A good capture considering the very light conditions.
This is one I don't think I've seen before.
Interesting post.

Hello Ferran,
Nice capture, good composition and low pov, excelletn sharpness and depth of field, lovely natural colors and good contrast.

nice pic, they are very common in Israel as well, greetings Ori

Hola Ferran,
Una linda imagen de esta especie de chorlito, pariente cercano del tero (Vanellus chilensis), muy común en Sudamérica y que creo que en España lo conocen como chorlitejo de alas puntiagudas (ja,ja).Fuera de mi continente solo conocía V. vanellus. Gracias por compartirlo.

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