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Spur-Winged Plover

Spur-Winged Plover
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 80-400 OS, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-15 3:36
Viewed: 6147
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spur Winged Plover (Vanellus miles novaehollandiae)

Self introduced from Australia to Southland in the 1930’s the Spur-winged Plover is now found throughout New Zealand in open country pastures, wetland margins and estuaries.

This noisy large plover has a black crown, hind neck and shoulders in front of the bend of the wing. The back and wings are brown with a dark trailing edge to the wings, the rump is white and the tail is tipped black. The under parts are white and the legs and feet are reddish. The bill is yellow and the bird has a yellow facial patch and prominent wattles. The call is a loud staccato rattle ‘kerr-kick-ki-ki-ki’.

The eat earthworms and insects and their larvae, crustaceans and molluscs and also seeds and leaves.

Breeding is between June and late November with the peak in August. Several clutches are laid each year. The nest is a scrape in the ground, unlined or scantily lined situated in rough open pasture, a flat wet area or on stony ground. The clutch of 1 – 4 khaki eggs with brownish, black blotches is incubated by both sexes for 30 31 days. The fledging period is 7 – 8 weeks.

The Spur-winged Plover has recently established on Tiri.

Vital Statistics

Conservation Status: Protected common, self introduced native
Mainland Status: Abundant in S.I. and Southern N.I. - common elsewhere
Size: 38cm, 370g (male); 350g (female)
Life Span: 16+ years
Breeding: June - late November
Diet: Earthworms, insects & their larvae, crustaceans & molluscs.

The above obtained from http://www.123.co.nz/tiri/Fauna/SpurWingedPlover.htm


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:34 a.m.
Date: 15th June 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 80-400mm OS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/750
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

dew77, chiliu, red45, sAner, TAZ, naki, Luc, Paulosousa, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-15 4:09]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful capture.Lighting,colors,details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-15 4:33]

I don't know why but he looks as shy guy for me ;-) I love its fase and careful pose ;-) Great photo and very good, informative note Pam!

Hi Pam!
Superb photo! Great details. I love this cute, fluffy bird!

Nice shot,Pam!
Great colours,details.

Very nice shot, good sharpness and POV.
Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-15 6:35]

Hello Pam,

I think the whites are slightly oe, but it's so difficult to expose whites perfectly. Details are great and I love the blurred and oof bg. Very well done & TFS!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-15 7:40]

Beau portrait de cette oiseau, l'exposition est parfaite et la netteté excellente.

Félicitations !

Very good picture, Pam.
Little OE in the white. Well composed, good POV and very good details.
Very well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-15 14:18]

Grat work Pam, excellent Dof with fine BG. Great details, colours and composition.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-15 14:59]

Hello Pam.
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this new bird for me.

Very busy night. Great capture Pam.
Thanks for posting
Will re-write soon

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-16 3:52]

Belle et intéressante capture photographique bien réalisée pour cet oiseau. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté. Compliments Pam !

Excellent work Pam! Very good colors, sharpness, details and exposure here..Great OOF BG and nice POV - who could ask for anything more! ;-) Great job.

Hi Pam :)

What a lovely bird. Lovely colours, and great pose. nice and sharp too. Love the yellow on the head.


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