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Masked Lapwing

Masked Lapwing
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-10 9:10
Viewed: 2371
Points: 8
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It was in one of the lawns of the Melbourne University, Victoria, Australia, it was in fact in the South Lawn of the Law Theatres if I am not wrong that I photographed this lovely bird which is called Masked Lapwing(Vanellus miles). The awareness about birds and being protected by the people, I found it very easy to photograph birds in Australia as compared to my own country where persecution of birds is indiscriminate and hurtful.It was summer over there and this bird was resting under the trees and seeing people stepped away into the sun where I took this shot. Beautiful bird, it definitely reminded me of our own Indian Red-wattled Lapwing.


Masked Lapwings are large, ground-dwelling birds that are closely related to the waders. The Masked Lapwing is mainly white below, with brown wings and back and a black crown. Birds have large yellow wattles covering the face, and are equipped with a thorny spur that projects from the wrist on each wing. The spur is yellow with a black tip. The Masked Lapwing has two subspecies resident in Australia. The southern subspecies has black on the hind neck and sides of breast, and has smaller facial wattles. Northern birds are smaller, without the partial black collar, but have a much larger wattle, which covers most of the side of the face. The sexes are similar in both subspecies, although the male tends to have a larger spur. Young Masked Lapwings are similar to the adult birds, but may have a darker back. The wing spur and facial wattles are either absent or smaller in size. The southern subspecies is also known as the Spur-winged Plover.
Similar species:

The Banded Lapwing, V. tricolor, is much smaller (25 cm to 29 cm). It has a mostly black head and upper breast, with a distinct white eyestripe and bib. It also has a distinctive red patch at the base of the bill.
The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent, New Zealand and New Guinea. It spends most of its time on the ground searching for food such as insects and worms and has several distinctive calls. There are two subspecies; the southern novaehollandiae has distinctive black markings on the shoulder and side of the chest, and is sometimes recognized as a separate species, the black-shouldered lapwing (Vanellus novaehollandiae).(birdsinbackyard.net & Wikipedia)

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Hello Abid,
A wonderful photo with nice details, colors and perfect focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-01-10 14:08]

Hi Abid,very interesting specie,the surprise is watching the head and the curious mask...an excellent exposure of this difficult light of mid-day and fine details too,have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Syed
great shot with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-12 5:51]

Hi Abid,
Nice shot, despite the difficult apparently noon light is with lots of details
and nice colours.
Regards Jiri.

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