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Copyright: Carmem Busko (carmem_busko) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 32 N: 91] (431)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Elan 7E, Sigma compact hyperzoom 28-200, Kodak Gold 200, Hoya Circ Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Brazil, Quero-quero (Vanellus chilensis) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-18 14:15
Viewed: 9385
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Lapwing Vanellus chilensis (in portuguese, quero-quero) is a large wader. It is a common and widespread resident throughout South America, other than in the jungles of the Amazon and the Andes.

This is a lapwing of open grassland which has benefited from the extension of this habitat through cattle ranching. It was first recorded on Trinidad in 1961 and Tobago in 1974, and has rapidly increased in both islands.

Southern Lapwing breeds on grassland and sometimes ploughed fields, and has an aerobatic flapping display flight. It lays 2-3 olive brown eggs in a bare ground scrape. The nest and young are defended noisily and aggressively against all intruders.

When not breeding, this bird extends into wetlands and seasonally flooded tropical grassland.

This lapwing is the only crested wader in South America. It is 31-33cm in length and weighs 295g. The upperparts are mainly brownish grey, with bronze glossing on the shoulders. The head is particularly striking, being mainly grey, but with a black forehead and throat patch extending onto the black breast. A white border separates the black of the face from the grey of the head and crest. The rest of the underparts are white, and the eyering, legs and most of the bill are pink.

In its slow flapping flight, Southern Lapwing shows a broad white wing bar separating the grey-brown of the back and wing coverts from the black flight feathers. The rump is white and the tail black.

The sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller, with a shorter crest and browner face and breast. There are four geographical races of Southern Lapwing, differing mainly in the details of the black and white face pattern.

The call of this lapwing is a very loud harsh keek-keek-keek. Its food is mainly insects and other small invertebrates, hunted by a run-and-wait technique, mainly at night. This gregarious species often feeds in flocks.

The information above can be found in Wikipedia

An interesting point is that, due to agrochemicals use, these birds are "invanding" urban areas and are usually found in parks, gardens and soccer fields. This proud mother was photographed near a swimming pool.

Scanned from negative.
All critiques are welcome.

Please, see the ws

I've captured an especimen also in Curitiba.

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hi carmem.
splendid, the colors are superb and good details.

Hi Carmem
Very nice shoot
Good Color and excellent details.

Ola Carmen!
It's fantastic shot. Looking at your photo for the first time I tought your bird have the second bird in the pocket!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-18 19:19]

Un superbe oiseau,les couleurs sont megnifiques et parfaitement exposé.

Félicitations pour la netteté du sujet.

Merci Carmem!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-19 3:04]

What an incredible bird, Carmem.
The colors are just stunning, and I like the tuft of feathers coming out of his head. And eggs to boot !!!
A wonderful capture, and TFS. : )

You have done an outstanding job here Carmem. The clarity is wonderful. I didn't know you could achieve such good quality from the scan of a negative. The subject is also great. Nice close detail. Nice colours and the eggs are a real bonus. Congrats!

Hello Carmem,

An amazing bird this lapwing, I have never seen one before.

The details, colors, are wonderful.

WS are very interesting, and a nice bonus.

I find it intriguing that you managed to scan this from a negative, a process that I also know nothing about.

Great job, thank you!

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-21 8:36]

Graças a Deus você voltou!!! Isso é bom (é ótimo)!
A fotografia está excelente. Muito boa nitidez. Momento muito bom também (em todas as fotos!!!).
Muito bom trabalho!
Você gosta dos quero-queros, aqui no TN tenho umas 3 fotos deles (uma você já viu), a que eu gosto mais é: foto.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-24 9:12]

Carmem, que foto bacana. Gosto muito desta ave.

Bela composição. As cores são vívidas, o contraste é forte.

O quero-quero é também muito bonito quando voa, mas ainda não consegui uma foto decente para mostrar.

Parabéns também pelo workshop.

Olá Carmem,
obrigado pela inclusão do "meu" quero-quero ao tema. Este seu está fantástico, a meu ver. Não somente pela nitidez dos detalhes (como as penas - por exemplo) mas também pelo presente em tê-la capturá-lo no ninho com boa visão dos ovos.
Nota fantástica também!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-27 12:16]

Nice vibrant colors and great details. you did very well with the exposure under such harsh light conditions. Kinda strange to see this birds eggs on the ground. :)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4419)
  • [2012-12-13 14:09]

Ola Carmem bela foto de qualidade muito boa excelente trabalho com perfeita nitidez parabéns.

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