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Vanellus chilensis

Vanellus chilensis
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Copyright: Hernan Ernesto Bortondello (nanreh) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-30
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildlife on a golf course - Chapter 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-11-09 14:07
Viewed: 2122
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the birds known and familiar to the inhabitants of the plains of South America, especially in the River Plate area is the TERO or TERU-TERU (Vanellus chilensis, formerly known as Belonopterus cayennensis), also named "Lapwing" and in Brazil "Teo-Teo" or "Quero Quero".

Description: Perhaps their most notable features apart from their customs, are the crest of the head, metallic gray plumage, the "spike" metacarpina in each wing having more than 21 millimeters long. Above is the same as gray beard, throat and chest, forehead and black pompadour. The blankets of white tail and wings depending on the type of pen, black or tan purple, white and gray at the base and at the apex of the tail is white, all black intermediate; abdomen and white face, red beak and legs flesh colored.

Behavior: The teru-teru walks a couple, or with grown children, squealing like a sentinel against any intruder in their territory divise. His unmistakable voice is the common name onomatopoeia (Teru-teru). It is very territorial and aggressive, made low flights over intruders, but rarely comes into contact. Both sexes usually perform diversionary tactics, can simulate a fake nest hatching or drag an alleged injured wing. It feeds on insects and other invertebrates. The chicks have a gray and black plumage very cryptic. In case of danger remain immobile, making them go completely unnoticed.

Reproduction: The breeding season begins in winter, extending until February. Two positions a year ago, and nests on dry ground but near marshes and lagoons. It is remarkable equality or homocromía that has the color of the nest, made with straws in the grass, eggs and chicks with the environment in which they find themselves. Homocromía This phenomenon is a kind of mimicry that protects it from its enemies and is known in many birds walkers. When an intruder approaches the male usually advises shouting "teru teru" going to meet the animal or person, knowingly misleads whose way where is the female with eggs or young. They put about 4 or 5 eggs, sprinkled greenish black, pear-shaped, so as to prevent them from rolling on the floor. Parents are very solicitous of chicks who lead them to seek earthworms removed without breaking, after hitting with the leg, before putting the peak in the wet ground. Also look for ants and other insects. When the chicks danger repeatedly notified, and then call them with softer voices.

Habitat: It lives in open country, mainly on the banks of lakes, streams and wetlands. It is also found in parks, on the coast, in the cities (even in large sheds roofs) and also in gardens as a pet.

Food: Feeds on insects, but can also eat raw meat. Despite the closeness to water preferred, basically consume terrestrial insects. A hunting technique used is to make a small run of two or three steps, stop and throw a peck forward. Another method is to dig the ground with their legs feel some worm and then remove it with its beak.

Distribution and status: The Western race that inhabits the mountains of western Argentina and Chile, from Atacama to the Strait of Magellan, is called "triglyceride", which is onomatopoeic name, and "Quellegüi" sometimes Tero "Cordillerano" . Lives in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile all but the far south is scarce and sometimes also reaches the Falkland Islands and Tierra del Fuego

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Chiza: Luis, amigonanreh 1 11-26 12:00
To euroblinkie: Ik ben blijnanreh 1 11-12 18:34
To iti: Thanks, friendnanreh 1 11-11 03:41
To Jakkals: Carlnanreh 1 11-10 10:47
To chrimakris: Como siempre...nanreh 1 11-10 10:33
To anel: Gracias, Annenanreh 1 11-10 08:11
To samiran88: Friend...nanreh 1 11-10 04:12
To lousat: Gracias, querido amigonanreh 1 11-10 04:03
To PeterZ: Sorry, : )nanreh 1 11-10 03:51
To tuslaw: Orgullo y gratitudnanreh 1 11-10 03:48
To Hotelcalifornia: Nice Sunday for you too, my friendnanreh 1 11-10 03:41
To pirate: ¡Vista de Halcón!nanreh 1 11-10 03:39
To Silvio2006: Good Sundaynanreh 1 11-10 03:30
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-11-09 14:39]
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Hello Hernan Ernesto,
My plan was to post a photo of a Southern Lapwing the next week. But now you did it! And they really look like each other. So I will wait for a while :-)
Excellent photo in splendid colours and great sharpness. Taken from a perfect low POV.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-09 15:33]
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Hi Hernan,i like a lot the point of view,magnificent capture whit very good sharpness and beautiful colors,the eye details are really fantastics!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-11-09 19:13]
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Hello Hernan,
Your Lapwing is quite an attractive specimen with a very unique and colorful patch on it's shoulder. I see it also sports fairly long legs for it's size, a pretty red eye and a tiny hair-like plume on top it's head. Certainly a beautiful bird and captured nicely by your lens. Well done!!

Hello Hernan
Wonderful picture of this Southern Lapwing with good sharpness and colour.
nice composition.
best wishes,

Ciao Hernan, great capèture of fantastic bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Hernan,
Beautiful picture of this Lapwing.Very nice colour all over.Mainly I like colour on wings.Well sharpness with good focus on subject.I have captured this specie also but not as good as you have captured.Details are good.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday my friend,

Hi Ernan
Perfect portrait with nice colors and great sharpness
The bg looks a bit sterile, was it a golf cours?

Hello Hernan
Amazing picture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-10 4:58]
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Hello Hernan,
A luminous shot of this beautiful bird. Love the fine tints and the square composition of this picture. Sharpness appears a little bit just on my screen.
Kind regards

Beautiful bird and beautiful photo Hernan! Very good POV, good composition and wonderful colours.

Hello Hernan,
A beautiful bird captured perfectly in all it's glory. Nice low POV, perfect DOF, sharp plumage detail and that much sought after twinkle in the eye. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-11-10 20:02]
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Hi Hernan,
Nice details and amazing colours with good composition.
Regards Jiri.

hallo Hernan
super good sharpness and great details
the light and colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-11-21 16:08]
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Hola hernán; antes que todo muchas gracias por sus amables comentarios...que belleza de especie que aunque por acá no es rara, aún no he podido verla. Me encanta la foto llena de luz y color donde se aprecia a la perfeccón el bello plumaje de esta ave, que al parecer adorna un campo de golf...saludos desde Costa Rica...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2014-01-16 14:42]

What a beautiful bird, Hernan!
I really like its markings, and the gorgeous iridescent colors on the wing patch.
Thanks for sharing this great shot.

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