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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Lapwing

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Family, Plovers and Lapwings (Charadriidae), Latin name, Vanellus vanellus
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The Lapwing is about pigeon-sized, 30cm, and is also known as the Peewit or Green Plover. The collective noun for a group is a Deceit.
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From a distance the Lapwing looks black and white, but up close, they can be seen in all their glory. The upper parts are a beautiful iridescent dark green and purple, the breast and cheeks are white, under-tail coverts orange-brown, and they have pink legs. The throat is black in the summer and white in winter.
Males and females are similar, except the male's crest is longer and they have blacker breasts and whiter faces.
A stunning looking bird.
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In flight, the floppy, rounded black and white wings make them unmistakable. They have a slow wing beat that doesn't appear enough to keep them aloft. In the spring, they perform amazing aerobatic displays, zigzagging flight, rolls and dives whilst uttering their characteristic and familiar 'pee-wit' call.
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They feed on invertebrates, such as earthworms, beetles, flies and caterpillars that are on or close to the surface.
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They’ll even feed at night, especially when there’s a bright moon.
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The nest is a shallow scrape on open ground, one of several, excavated by the male. The female then selects one; which is then enlarged and lined by both birds.
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A handsome bird indeed.
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24 comments:

  1. I never knew about the collective noun for them: very interesting.

    Some lovely shots especially that last one.

    We only get them in this area in the winter and sadly they are very wary, so no chance of a shot of them.

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  2. Beauties Keith, well done last time I saw these there were dozens about a mile away.

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  3. Hi Keith,
    Yes this lapwing is a magnificent bird. I've not seen it for more than 7 years now, but time to time they are some lost in Iceland... your flying shot is gorgeous, really showing the details of the wing and the background colors of the bird... But the portrait is a pure beauty I've to admit... Well done, they are not so easy to get close to!

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  4. Wonderful pictures !! I dream to see one of those :)

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  5. Very, very nice images! Wonder why the collective noun for lapwing is a deceit? Perhaps something to do with how they feign injury to protect their young?

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  6. mmmmm... a deceit of peewits eh ;) Handsome birds (almost as handsome as the photographer ;)

    Great pics as usual Keith... and wonderful flight shot - not easy as they're so fast and turn in a flash!!

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  7. Thanks Kerry. I only see these lovely birds in a few places these days. Their numbers have declined quite a lot over the years.

    Thanks Adrian. I love watching them as they twist and turn through the air.

    Chris, thank you. These were taken from a hide. I was lucky that he wandered right in front.

    Pescalune, thank you. One of the birds that remind me of childhood. I used to see so many years ago.

    Cheers Mark. Yea, correct about the reason behind the collective noun.

    Thanks Tricia. Now I’m blushing lol

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  8. Wonderful photos about an interesting bird.

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  9. The second and fourth are really my favourites. Lovely shots Keith.

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  10. Excellent post and pics on the Peewit.

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  11. Yes handsome indeed. You have captured the colours beautiflly Keith. On reflection the Lapwing is one of my favourite birds.

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  12. Oh wow, what an amazing lapwing, never knew such a kind existed, TFS.

    Regards,
    Angad Achappa

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  13. a beautiful and interesting bird. you have captured and presented him well.

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  14. Lovely photographs there, of what has to be one of my favourite birds.

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  15. A great set of images Keith. Only seen them at a distance and didn't realise they had such beautiful colouring.

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  16. Thanks Bob :)

    Cheers Frank.

    Keith, thank you.

    Thank you Trevor. The sun really brings out the colours.

    Angad, thank you for your comment. :)

    Thank you Doreen.

    NPT, thank you.

    Anna, thank you :)

    Thanks John. Yea, they have to be seen close to appreciate their beauty.

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  17. Beautiful bird, they must be breeding on your patch. I have had a trawl back through your blog. Some stunners in there.
    Sam

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  18. I'm sure the call is familiar but really didn't know the bird looked anything like this. Looks very strong and majestic in flight too

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  19. Lovely pictures Keith, I love the sound of the Lapwings and the Curlews up on the moorlands in the Northeast.

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  20. Thank you Emma :)

    Sam, thanks very much. Appreciate that.

    Debbie, thank you. Yea, they're beauties up close.

    Thank you Linda. Beautiful music. Throw in a couple of Skylarks, and the sounds would be hard to beat.

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