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Northern Lapwing

Northern Lapwing
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Copyright: Csaba Sztojka (Csabesz68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 113] (593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A300, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-27 7:17
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Points: 7
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Thank you all for identifying this Bird.
So here is the promised note:

The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), also known as the Peewit, Green Plover or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing, is a bird in the plover family. It is common through temperate Eurasia. It is highly migratory over most of its extensive range, wintering further south as far as north Africa, northern India, Pakistan, and parts of China. It migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. Lowland breeders in westernmost areas of Europe are resident. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America, especially after storms, as in the Canadian sightings after storms in December 1927 and in January 1966.[1]

It is a wader which breeds on cultivated land and other short vegetation habitats. 34 eggs are laid in a ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders, up to and including horses and cattle.

In winter it forms huge flocks on open land, particularly arable land and mud-flats.

This lapwing is a 2831 cm long bird with a 6772 cm wingspan, It has rounded wings and a crest. It is the shortest-legged of the lapwings. It is mainly black and white, but the back is tinted green. Females and young birds have narrower wings, and have less strongly marked heads, but plumages are otherwise quite similar.

The name lapwing has been variously attributed to the "lapping" sound its wings make in flight, from the irregular progress in flight due to its large wings (OED derives this from an Old English word meaning "to totter"), or from its habit of drawing potential predators away from its nest by trailing a wing as if broken. Peewit describes the bird's shrill call. This is a vocal bird in the breeding season, with constant calling as the crazed tumbling display flight is performed by the male.

It feeds primarily on insects and other small invertebrates. This species often feeds in mixed flocks with Golden Plovers and Black-headed Gulls, the latter often robbing the two plovers, but providing a degree of protection against predators.

Like the Golden Plovers, this species prefers to feed at night when there are moonlit nights.

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

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It's a lapwing, vanellus vanellus


Buna Csaba,
Este vorba de nagat, asa cum s-a spus si in primul comentariu. Ai fost noros sa fi atat de aproape de aceasta pasare de care eu nu m-am apropiat atat de mult. Detaliile sunt bune, culorile naturale si compozitia placuta. Claritatea nu e una de 10 insa imaginea este per ansamblu una buna.
Numai bine,

Hi Csaba.
I think it isn't an UFO. Maybe some stranger :)
Very interesting bird. Nice point of view. True natural colours.
Have a nice weekend,

this is a Northern Lapwing.
Pity the picture is a bit soft otherwise is a nice picture.

Have a nice weekend,

Buna Csaba,
Greu de surprins aceasta pasare frumoasa si destul de sperioasa.
Culorile sunt naturale si detaliile bune dar cadrul pare un pic miscat.
Anul acesta nu am avut noroc la pasarile de balta.

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