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Copyright: Sue Rickhuss (snaphappy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 21 N: 233] (1948)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron 70-300mm Macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-26 11:21
Viewed: 3701
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Egyptian Plover, Pluvianus aegyptius, is a wader, the only member of the genus Pluvianus. Formerly placed in its own monotypic family Pluvianidae, it is now regarded as the sole member of the subfamily Pluvianinae, part of the pratincole and courser family, Glareolidae.

It is also sometimes referred to as the Crocodile Bird because it is famous for an unconfirmed symbiotic relationship with crocodiles. According to a story dating to Herodotus, the crocodiles lie on the shore with their mouths open, and the plovers fly into the crocodiles' mouths so as to feed on bits of decaying meat that are lodged between the crocodiles' teeth. The crocodiles do not eat the plovers, as the plovers are providing the crocodiles with greatly-needed dentistry. Two prominent ornithologists have supported this story anecdotally, but the behaviour has never been authenticated (Richford and Mead 2003).

The Egyptian Plover is a localised resident in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It breeds on sandbars in large rivers. Its two or three eggs are not incubated, but are buried in warm sand, temperature control being achieved by the adult sitting on the eggs with a water-soaked belly to cool them. If the adult leaves the nest, it smooths sand over the eggs, though if it is frightened the job may be hasty.taken at a bird sanctuary.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-26 11:32]
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Hi Sue. I am not to sure of the ID it looks like some kind of Plover but not 100%. What ever with you clear pictures with good markings and colours i am sure some one will help. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-26 11:59]

Hello Sue,
You were right about the ID. I've seen them this year in the wild in Ethiopia. Good sharpness and details. It's difficult to mark a black eye in a black stripe on the head. But you managed it very well. Good clear colours.

Hi Sue,
Just a note on the affinities of this rather aberrant "glareolid". Lately, many anatomical systematists dealing with bird affinities are re-examining the possibility that this particular bird, certainly meriting its' own subfamily at the very least, may not be in fact more closely related to Burhinidae (mostly on shared osteological characteristics).

By the way, one of the annecdotal sources affirming that these birds have been seen picking the teeth of crocodiles is a certain Meinertzhagen - now known to have been the culprit of numerous ornithological hoaxes, in particular, in the adulteration of bird skins, and in falsing their reported collection locales, etc. So, a word to the wise. Personally, I kind of doubt the story myself.

Merhaba Sue,harika bir kompozisyon olmuş.İkisininde senkronize hareketi,aynı kıyafeti giymiş olmaları,dans ediyorlarmış izlenimi veriyor.Birazdan reverans yapacaklar gibi.Çok beğendim,süper, ellerine sağlık :)

Ciao Sue, lovely couple of bird with beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Sue,

I like your shot- nice colours and good sharpness, pity thet the second bird is not blurred more- it could improve the depth of the image. Good composition and POV.


Hello Sue,

This is lovely; two for the price of one and both nicely detailed. The plummage markings and colours are well defined and the shot has good composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-26 20:42]

Really good-looking birds, Sue.
I have not seen them before.
Very good exposure and nice colors.
Beautiful markings.
Wish their eyes were more visible.
TFS. : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-27 10:30]

Hi Sue.
What a lovely scene and beautiful birds. DOF is superb as well as diagonal composition of the shot. You managed to reflect and show all beauties of the birds brilliantly. Bravo. Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-29 9:30]

Hello Sue, very nice shot of those great birds. Well composed, sharp and clear and nice background! Well done, thanks!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-04 6:59]

Hi Sue,
I like the moment you captured, shaloow DOF, background, composition and POV. TFS

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