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southern African 'Crowned' Plovers

By accipiter  
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature Crowned plover White crowned plover Blacksmith plover Habitat Southern and central africa

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Apr 2013 11:15AM
A set of birds from Africa that I don't recall ever seeing before, Arthur: each so well captured in fine detail.

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richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
1 Apr 2013 11:25AM
Nice images!! I like them a lot!! V4 edges it for me!!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
1 Apr 2013 11:30AM
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 !!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
1 Apr 2013 11:31AM
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!

tommyld 7 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 11:34AM
A lovely series of images, V4 for me, what an unusual looking bird.
1 Apr 2013 11:35AM
A beauty.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 11:38AM
Great set, but for me V4 is quite remarkable and
perfectly captured and detailed
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 11:48AM
An exceptionally good set of images V1 is my choice - Elizabeth xx
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 11:48AM
A lovely set of amazing birds & esp. love the detail in V4
johnke 5 223 15
1 Apr 2013 12:22PM
A super set of images with an amazing Narrative...John
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 12:47PM
A stunning set with my favourite being version 4.

1 Apr 2013 1:11PM
Brilliant shots.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
1 Apr 2013 1:52PM
Very interesting birds, we are curious about the mustached ones-- one would think that would be a hinderance-- Lovely photography!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
1 Apr 2013 2:30PM
A great set of images. V2 and V4 is such an unusual bird. V4 is my favourite pose for him.........Sandy
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
1 Apr 2013 3:44PM
Wonderful series Arthur. So pleasant to see well exposed and focussed shots of birds we dont usually see.GrinGrinGrinGrin
1 Apr 2013 6:00PM
Super set of images, V4 my favourite & do appreciate the narrative Arthur
Regards Brian
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 6:28PM
One and four for me Arthur

Quite remarkable images

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2013 8:36PM
v2 and v4 for me, because its a bird I have never seen before and the clarity of both shots is excellent SmileSmile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 7:13AM
Smile you are featured e2 image at the moment......
Ray42 10 3 England
13 Apr 2013 7:54AM
An excellent series of shots - pity you cant get an award for each
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Apr 2013 9:17PM
An interesting set of long legged birds Arthur, v4 is top notch and v3 closely behind
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2013 9:29AM
Brilliant images . Paul
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2013 6:06PM
Wow, not only amazing images, but also amazing birds.

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