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I was away with family in Winchester for a couple of days over the beginning of Easter and missed some of the great response to the Blue tit uploads - many thanks.
I have not had time to work on new material for a little while so today is archival - there are several different medium sized plovers in Africa but these three have a distinct 'crown' for reasons that are not clear to me as some of the others occupying similar habitat do not.
V1 is the ubiquitous 'Kiwiekie' or Crowned Plover ( Vanellus coronatus ) - a common dry land plover that prefers open short, stony grassland or dry cultivated fields.
V2 is a White crowned Plover ( Vanellus albiceps ) which occupies the habitat on the edges of rivers streams and dams.
V3 is a Blacksmith plover ( Vanellus armatus) which occupies shallow wet habitat on the waters edge or in wet vleis and marshes.
All have a sharp spike on the shoulder which is used aggressively in defense of breeding territory against even very large animals. All have loud and distinctive calls, are agile flyers and are unafraid to advertise their space to warn other creatures off - v4 shows the spike. The 'crown' and the calls may function in defense and aggression as the other medium sized Vanellus plovers are more cryptically coloured and much quieter.
Sorry about the lecture but it could have been much longer - hope you like them. A

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jul 2011 - 3:59 PM
Focal Length:560mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/8.0
Aperture:f/18.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:southern African 'Crowned' Plovers
Username:accipiter accipiter
Uploaded:1 Apr 2013 - 11:04 AM
Tags:Crowned plover. White crowned plover. Blacksmith plover. Habitat. Southern and central africa., Wildlife / nature
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 11:15 AM

A set of birds from Africa that I don't recall ever seeing before, Arthur: each so well captured in fine detail.
Ronnie.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 11:25 AM

Nice images!! I like them a lot!! V4 edges it for me!!

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
1 Apr 2013 - 11:30 AM

Very common birds in South Africa and mostly well loved. We once saved an abandoned egg [last of three ]with a live chick inside, hatched it and reunited it with its parents and siblings after three days Smile Great photo !!

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 11:31 AM

A lovely set. Beautifully composed and captured. I think if push comes to shove, V3 & V4 are my favourites but love all 4 of them.

Reckon many of us are delving deeply into the HD at the moment!

Ann

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tommyld
tommyld e2 Member 3tommyld vcard United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 - 11:34 AM

A lovely series of images, V4 for me, what an unusual looking bird.
Tom.

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Jefflor
Jefflor  1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 - 11:35 AM

A beauty.

Jeff

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 11:38 AM

Great set, but for me V4 is quite remarkable and
perfectly captured and detailed
Lillian

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 11:48 AM

An exceptionally good set of images V1 is my choice - Elizabeth xx

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 11:48 AM

A lovely set of amazing birds & esp. love the detail in V4
Ju

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 12:22 PM

A super set of images with an amazing Narrative...John

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franken
franken e2 Member 113062 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 12:47 PM

A stunning set with my favourite being version 4.

Ken

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tedtoop
tedtoop e2 Member 3tedtoop vcard United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 - 1:11 PM

Brilliant shots.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 1:52 PM

Very interesting birds, we are curious about the mustached ones-- one would think that would be a hinderance-- Lovely photography!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 2:30 PM

A great set of images. V2 and V4 is such an unusual bird. V4 is my favourite pose for him.........Sandy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 3:44 PM

Wonderful series Arthur. So pleasant to see well exposed and focussed shots of birds we dont usually see.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 6:00 PM

Super set of images, V4 my favourite & do appreciate the narrative Arthur
Regards Brian

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85882 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 6:28 PM

One and four for me Arthur

Quite remarkable images


Adrian

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2013 - 8:36 PM

v2 and v4 for me, because its a bird I have never seen before and the clarity of both shots is excellent SmileSmile
Helen

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 7:13 AM

Smile you are featured e2 image at the moment......

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 7:54 AM

An excellent series of shots - pity you cant get an award for each

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2013 - 9:17 PM

An interesting set of long legged birds Arthur, v4 is top notch and v3 closely behind

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2013 - 9:29 AM

Brilliant images . Paul

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2013 - 6:06 PM

Wow, not only amazing images, but also amazing birds.
Johanna

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