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The Lapwing ( vanellus vanellus )
I always regard this bird as having one of the most beautiful plumages of all birds. A careful study of the bird shows a myriad of soft and delicate colour variations. Caught this one recently in one of our rare sunny spells.
V2 is not quite as good as I would have wished. These birds fly very fast and usually very erratic flight and are difficult to follow so I was pleased to get even this shot.
Hope you will enjoy looking.
My grateful thanks for all c/c's on the Goldy. Particular thanksas ever, to Illi ( illiboy ) for the used award.

Ron

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 500mm f4 VR +1.7 TC
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Lapwing
Username:Maiwand Maiwand
Uploaded:7 Jan 2012 - 12:42 PM
Tags:Lapwing, Marsh, Water, Wildlife / nature
Votes:72
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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
7 Jan 2012 - 12:50 PM

Lovely colours Ron.
Cheers
Alan

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 12:50 PM

A pair of great captures, Ron. V1 illustrates the beautiful plumage iridescence, colouring and patterning perfectly and V2 is an excellent in-flight capture. Not an easy bird to photograph, as I have found out and you have done very well with these.
Sylvia

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 12:53 PM

Two terrific shots Ron, you've captured the detail and colours in the plumage brilliantly. I don't think i've seen a shot of one inflight before so a big well done to you

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franken
franken e2 Member 113061 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 1:18 PM

Both are excellent Ron.


Ken

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 1:40 PM

Two belters, Ron, you've captured some fabulous colours in his plumage in V.1. Carol

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 1:59 PM

wonderful plumage and an amazing in flight capture!

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User_Removed
7 Jan 2012 - 2:05 PM

Two excellent captures.

Lucien.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 2:06 PM

Wonderful feather colours and sharp inflight image.............Sandy

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 2:30 PM

#2 is a cracker

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 2:36 PM

As you say Ron, very eratic flight characteristics. You did very well getting this one in early flight. I'm guessing its lavell's waiting for the dam Kingfisher Smile
pair of very good captures
Richard

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 2:49 PM

Two beautiful shots with exquisite detail.
Joan.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 2:59 PM

Lap wing, this is a pretty bird!

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 3:17 PM

Thanks very much everyone.
Ron

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 - 3:18 PM

Excellent shot, Ron.
Tony

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buxton
buxton  6 England
7 Jan 2012 - 3:50 PM

Two great captures, V2 is my favourite.
Martin..

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 4:15 PM

The colours you have caught in both of these really is exceptional
V1 really is a wonderful image

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 4:47 PM

Such a pretty bird with wonderful colours, super detail Ron and one I would love in my PF.
Geoff.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 5:22 PM

excellent images V1 shows the irridescence of the bird beautifully and V2 the wide wingspan - well done Ron

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42289 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
7 Jan 2012 - 6:11 PM

Happy to be 30 Ron!! Super images - V1 is as you say better than V2 but I have never seen one of these birds close quarters so V2 for me is a revelation at the size of the wings to the body! The plumage on V1 is stunning! Lou

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 - 6:22 PM

Well captured.

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 6:52 PM

two superb capture
regards
Yung

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 4WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 7:04 PM

Two real crackers Ron,looks like you took full advantage of the good light Wink

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 7:27 PM

'{2} Superlative {A++++}, artistic, & beautiful Lapwing Images,' Ron~

Ciao~ Peter

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85873 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 7:58 PM

Now you have given me an idea RonSmile
Clay shoot next to the woods tomorrow, so I might amble over to Pitsford and see if I can nail one or two of these magnificent plovers

Adrian

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2012 - 8:15 PM

2 great shots Ron, fantastic colours in V1.
Brian

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 8:19 PM

V1 is a superb shot, but when I opened v2 I knew this was my favorite of the two. Really like the position you caught the wings in.

Anne

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Samuel_Aron
7 Jan 2012 - 8:28 PM

Fantastic captures!
Sam.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 8:36 PM

brilliant detail ron wonderful colours the brilliant in flight v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 8:52 PM

What a beautiful bird this is and superbly captured Ron. I think the in flight shot is excellent - as you say they move very fast. Both shots excellent - can't decide between them
Jason

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 9:05 PM

Once again- thanks all.
Ron

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 9:12 PM

Both great shots Ron but v2 for me a cracking flight shot lovely colours on the plumage
mike

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 1:44 AM

V2's in flight image is especially pleasing Ron, well done mate....

Ade

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 10:03 AM

Excellent work Ron, both great for different reasons. I agree an often overlooked bird yet so beautiful.
David

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 11:00 AM

Both excellent captures Ron. I have been watching these in their thousands in the last couple of days - Beautiful birds. A

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Gray_ina
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8 Jan 2012 - 11:28 AM

Hi Ron totally agree with you, these have amazing plumage colouring, very well done especially the inflight shot, regards gray.

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8 Jan 2012 - 4:01 PM

brilliant set my good friend

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91895 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 8:34 PM

Two fine images Ron - I think the in flight shot just takes it for me.
Brian.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 8:43 PM

Saw the first sizeable flock of these i have seen for some time on friday last week,two good Shots Ron and V2 would be my choice ,pretty damn good inflight shot ,head and body detail is sharp.

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Karen_Summers
Karen_Summers e2 Member 5Karen_Summers vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2012 - 5:42 PM

Love the lovely colours coming through, lovely shots

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Mike_S
Mike_S  3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2012 - 7:17 PM

A pair of beautiful images. I didn't realise Lapwings had such beautiful colours. Must look
closer in future.
Mike.

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MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2012 - 7:59 PM

I always remember being a lad and seeing large flocks of these sadly not so many nowadays.
Nicely caught in its natural habitat and I particularly like the flight shot as it shows the strength in the wings

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Hop-A-Long
9 Jan 2012 - 11:09 PM

Beautiful bird. Superbly captured especially in V2.

Andy

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2012 - 7:47 AM

Beautiful bird captured in fantastic light - very nice one Ron!
Johanna

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2012 - 10:35 AM

Wonderful lighting especially on its head. Great colouring on the feather too Ron. Paul

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2012 - 4:01 PM

Thanks all.
Ron

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2012 - 6:38 PM

Two lovely captures Ron.
As others have said, we used to see lots in the past.
I was pleased to see a small flock in the distance on
my local w/e walk though.
Very well done. Such pretty plumage.

B.

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Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2012 - 8:50 PM

Very nice Ron, great attempt of the inflight, not easy at all
Steve

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11 Jan 2012 - 3:26 PM

wonderful hairstyle, excellent profile image in a well composed upload.

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PaulB45
PaulB45  3 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2012 - 7:47 PM

Two cracking captures there Ron, keep them coming.
Paul

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maggie9  545 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2012 - 3:53 PM

peewips are just magic birds!
a wonderful shot Smile

maggie

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29 Apr 2012 - 11:24 AM

Wow! super image well achieved in every respect
DonMc

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