Southern Lapwing

Posted by Christoph Belanger on Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:29 pm

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It's been a while since I've posted here. Totally a grab shot and not my best ever, but... chance encounter in the mountain ridge rain-forest of Tobago of a Southern Lapwing.  I used to marvel at the way the Norther Lapwing would fly loop-the-loops over the farm fields growing up in Switzerland so its fun to see a relative. Couple of fun facts from the Guardian:  "The southern lapwing is distinctive: it is the only wader in South America that has a crest. These birds, like their congeners, have red bony extensions under the wings -- spurs -- that they use for fighting and defence."

Details:Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed: 1/80 sec, Aperture: 8, Exposure mode: Av, Exposure compensation: +2/3, Flash: Off, Metering mode: Evaluative, Drive mode: High-speed continuous shooting, ISO: 1000, Lens: EF300mm f/4L IS USM, Focal length: 300mm, AF mode: AI Servo AF.

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by Ron Day on Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:27 pm
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Welcome back, Christoph. I like the low shooting angle and detail in this shot. This is such an unusual bird – its spurs, for fighting and defense, are amazing. And something I have never seen before on a bird in this location. Well done!

by Ed Cordes on Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:56 pm
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Nice shot. I first ran into this species on a trip to Patagonia. They are special. Good job in catching the crest.
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by david fletcher on Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:14 am
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Super framing and low viewpoint.
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by Carol Clarke on Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:48 pm
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Good to see you again, Christoph. A very nice capture of this distinctive species, and a lovely clear view of the spurs!

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