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
|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|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|
|Uploaded:||13 Apr 2013 - 1:12 PM|