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Enjoy my view (quero-quero #2)

Enjoy my view (quero-quero #2)
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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: 2005-11-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/7.4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Brazil, Birds in Brazil 2, Quero-quero (Vanellus chilensis) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-23 23:40
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[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.

Taken at Curitiba's Bothanical Garden, where many specimens can be found nesting at the ground. Obviously, I layed down on grass to "click" it.
All critiques are welcome.
A series of pictures of this impressive bird can be found here or in my theme .

TAZ, dew77, coasties, Xalkida, livios, hummingbird24, pitai has marked this note useful
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Fantastic shot on this great image!
Excellent POV and DOF with great background,
very nice colour and very sharp detail.
Thanks for posting!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-24 1:24]

What a pretty and interesting bird that you have very well captured ! Great DOF abd sharpnes. Good POV and contrast bird / building... I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Carmem and thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-24 3:55]

Hello Carmem!
Very nice capture.POV,sharpness,clear details,
colors,3D effect,simple BG and composition are

Hi Carmem

Well done on a great job. Nicely composed. Good colour and POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Thanks.

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-24 5:06]

Great perspective and a beautiful shot Carmem!
Well done indeed!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-24 6:18]

Excellent composition with a great POV. Great colour and detail. TFS. Dean.

Hi Carmen

What a fine shot! So clear and crisp. The colors are very vivid and the POV is excellent! TFS!

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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 9:18]

Carmem, que beleza de composição.

Novamente, as cores são vívidas e o contraste é forte. Show de bola.

Muito boa, sua nota. De fato, eles estão sendo obrigados a, cada vez mais, se tornarem mais "urbanos". Pena.

Acrescentei mais uma foto minha a seu tema.

Olá Carmem!

Simplesmente lindo!
É uma foto fantástica, gostei demais das cores, profundidade de campo, ficou ótima!!


A great capture of this lovely lapwing, Carmem.

Nice composition and POV, with the bird looking almost as tall as the building...

Wonderful details, colors, BG and exposure.

Well done and thank you!

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-30 20:36]

Um quero-quero de asfalto... He... He...
Acho eles bem espertos, quase como os bem-te-vi! Conseguem viver na cidade ou bem próximos!!!
Um excelente ângulo que rendeu uma ótima composição, inclusive com nitidez e cores.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-03 0:15]

Uma toma perfeita Carmem!!!! Tudo belíssimo. Uma ave tão bela. Ótima exposição e ponto de vista. 10 pontos! TFS Gabriel

Que foto maravilhosa. Vc colocou de forma espetacular o natural e o urbano. Que ângulo foi esse, sem comentários. Nitidez perfeita, composição perfeita..... simplesmente perfeita.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-27 12:51]

excellent contrast and POV. very cool capturing him seeming to gaze at the view. Very cool indeed. Great colors as well.

Ótima foto desse quero-quero, gostei do olhar! Conseguiu uma aproximação boa né? Esses bichos geralmente são desconfiados...A definição ficou muito legal...Abraços!

Awesome shot.
Excellent POV and DOF with great background,


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