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The Crowned Plover. I thought I would tell you something about birds in South Africa. In the eastern side of the country a place called the Kruger park ( the size of Wales) 365 species of birds have been sighted. They all fit neatly in to various categories the same as anywhere else, the main difference is the habitats and the suns heat. In the area I live normal behaviour is for birds to be active for maybe three hours after sun rise and most tend to hide under the tree canopy with some, but not so many spending time under the sun. Most species live under the canopy and by mid-day hardly a bird is seen or heard only in the late afternoon do they begin the singing again. So to photograph the majority of general birds in an open space this would be impossible except for certain species mainly grass land or water birds. In general this in itself creates problems with available light and the all-important eye glint.
The Crowned Plover is a grass land species and in V1 you can see he is very alert. They are fast runners and even faster in flight. Anything that approaches gets warned off with an almost scream type noise, failing which they take off and dive bomb any intruders in there space with a burst of almost super speed and coming as close as a meter away.
V1. Alert Pose and ready for action
V2. Nesting on the open plain
V3. The scream to warn you off the nest
V4. The dive bomb at an amazing speed

Carol , Graham & Steve thank you so very much for your very special UA awards it really is an Honor...John

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:55.0 - 250.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 86.5 - 393.2 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Mar 2013 - 10:15 AM
Focal Length:250mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Crowned Plover
Username:johnke johnke
Uploaded:13 Apr 2013 - 1:12 PM
Views:1
Unique Views:1

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
2 Apr 2013 - 5:38 AM

Great photos and write up John ! I have always loved Kiewiets Smile

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ColleenA
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2 Apr 2013 - 5:39 AM

A great set John, wonderful images and a good write up.......excellent as usual.......V4 is my favourite

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CarolG
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2 Apr 2013 - 5:43 AM

Four top class captures, John, all pin sharp and well presented, each one worthy of its own upload. Carol

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 6:01 AM

Exceedingly beautiful v4 is the best

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bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 6:56 AM

Four top class captures John and excellent reportage.
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2 Apr 2013 - 7:14 AM

Excellent captures John, great detail in all,
Fred.

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SUE118
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2 Apr 2013 - 7:28 AM

4 excellent images.

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kathrynlouise
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2 Apr 2013 - 7:34 AM

4 super images John, hard to pick a favourite but if had to pick one it would be V4 Grin

Kathryn

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M_squared
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2 Apr 2013 - 7:59 AM

Excellent set of images and descriptive write-up.
Well captured.

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nonur
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:07 AM

A super set of nicely focused beautiful images, John! Excellent! And thank you for the info.

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tommyld
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:13 AM

A great series of detailed shot's John, V 3 is my favourite.

Tom.

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Tish1
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:20 AM

As usual, an excellent demonstration of photography. Looking through them, my initial choice was V3, until I saw V4. The write up is very informative, especially for people like me who know nothing about these things.

Tish

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NaturesHaven
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:43 AM

Great set...............V3 for me...........love the stance and menace............those legs spell danger..................GrinGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
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2 Apr 2013 - 8:47 AM

Excellent story telling with 4 fine images to accompany, John.

Dave

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leontari
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2 Apr 2013 - 9:01 AM

Excellent set of captures John. LIght and detail are superb. My fav today is V3. Is awesome!!
Effrossini

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netta1234
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2 Apr 2013 - 9:19 AM

Excellent set of some lovely birdsSmile
NettaSmileSmileSmileSmile

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NDODS
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2 Apr 2013 - 9:19 AM

First-class wildlife photography John

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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morpheus1955
2 Apr 2013 - 9:23 AM

Superb set of images John, fantastic detail and timing, first class

Hugh

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ali63
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2 Apr 2013 - 10:25 AM

A fine set of images John,

Ali

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Rende
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2 Apr 2013 - 10:45 AM

Beautiful set John, and interesting info too.
Rende

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mossy
mossy  246 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:18 AM

Well photographed, an attractive bird.

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Irishkate
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2 Apr 2013 - 11:20 AM

An excellent lesson in understanding bird behaviour and your limitations in achieving the perfect image.
I usually go to a bird sanctuary to take better images.
However today's photos are all superb and tell a story.
The red legs make this a most attractive bird to capture.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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TonyDy
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2 Apr 2013 - 11:44 AM

Cracking set, John.
Tony

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brian17302
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2 Apr 2013 - 12:27 PM

4 superb detailed photos in this set John
Regards Brian

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 12:27 PM

Wow John - these are fabulous photographs, each has great composition and presentation I can't choose a favourite.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 1:02 PM

Great set John so sharp i like three where he is geein in laldy Smile

Rod

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2 Apr 2013 - 1:08 PM

stunni g set of shots backed up by verty imformative write up

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sweetpea62
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2 Apr 2013 - 3:18 PM

Four stunning shots John..Lin

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Mike_Smith
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2 Apr 2013 - 3:48 PM

Cracking shots of a bird i have never seen, doubt i ever will unless i got to Africa. I really like V3, but on saying that they are all very good and your write up makes an interesting read.

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Brian65
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2 Apr 2013 - 4:38 PM

4 great images John, love V3 & V4, superb!!
Brian

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anglingandyq
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2 Apr 2013 - 5:17 PM

Superb series of pics great detail and beautifull bird . love them

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JuBarney
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2 Apr 2013 - 5:41 PM

A super set & esp. love V4
Ju

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callaby
callaby  2 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 - 6:10 PM

Lovely shots, simply superb.

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tomcat
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2 Apr 2013 - 6:25 PM

What a proud looking birdSmile


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2 Apr 2013 - 6:27 PM

Top class captures, John !
George

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Norfolkboy
2 Apr 2013 - 6:29 PM

A super set, John.
Colin

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2 Apr 2013 - 8:34 PM

Brilliant photos and I love reading your write ups. Cathy

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mauriceegan
2 Apr 2013 - 8:45 PM

Wonderful images John and great information, love the contrast between the colour of the bird on the ground and in flight
Maurice

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Lillian
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2 Apr 2013 - 9:01 PM

Now wonder who V3 could be complaining about?
a great set John
and details spot on
Lillian

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HELANA
HELANA  5 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2013 - 9:27 PM

Great images and great story telling John,Thankyou for share out your wildlife with us. They are all gorgeous.
Elena

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longhoss
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2 Apr 2013 - 10:11 PM

great images john superb details v4 todays favourite
glyn

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annettep38
annettep38 Plus Member 4191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2013 - 11:54 PM

Oh dear the proxy connection here has wiped my comment from this morning.
I'm torn between 1&4.. The in flight shot is excellent but so is the hide and seek.
Very Curious for tomorrow !

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queengu21
queengu21  5 Israel
3 Apr 2013 - 4:25 AM

All of the photoes are crisp sharp but v 4 is my favorate.
Regards Ely

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zapar40
zapar40  566 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2013 - 1:13 PM

Superb set. V3 stands out for me. Lovely work.
Ant.

Big thanks for your UA today. Much appreciated.

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Myed
Myed  2
3 Apr 2013 - 7:05 PM

great eye an detail!

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4 Apr 2013 - 4:02 PM

Excellent set, I love V3!WinkGrin
Ryan

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5 Apr 2013 - 12:35 PM

Lovely bird with great colour legs. Favorites: V1 and V4! Grin
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5 Apr 2013 - 3:28 PM

A first class set of images, John!

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Arista
Arista  2 South Africa
20 Apr 2013 - 4:56 PM

Kiiiiiiieeewiiieet ! I looove the colour contrast. I like how the fokus are everywhere. The grass... everything.. amazing

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