Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 291 - Summer Lapwings.

One thing I am trying to do this year photographically is to take more pictures that are not just portraits of birds.

When I was in Devonport, on the north coast of Tasmania, it was a hot day and the everything looked dry and crispy.  As I was looking for a place to stop, I saw this Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) in a dry paddock.  The whole scene seemed to present itself as a picture of a hot, dry Australian summer.




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21 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hope you did not get tooc loose tothese birds.thanks for hosting.Have a great week ahead. Stewart

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Broke out in a sweat just spying that lovely vista.

David Gascoigne said...

I think that all too often we focus exclusively on the bird and that is all well and good, but we should also add these landscape shots where one gets an idea of the habitat occupied by the species. Nice job, Stewart.

Marie Smith said...

Curious head on that bird!

Sharon Wagner said...

For me, I'm always looking for scene. Then, when a bird shows up, or flies into it, it's golden!

Kaya said...

I am glad that I found your blog and I am glad to participate in it.
I have never seen this bird before but it's wonderful. I would happy to see and photograph this bird.
Greetings from Utah.

Florida Farm Girl said...

I much prefer environmental shots to portraits of birds.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
That bright colour among the tawny is a delight. YAM xx

Rhodesia said...

We get Lapwings here (used to be called plovers just to confuse me) not quite the same as this one though. Hope your week is a good one. Cheers Diane

NatureFootstep said...

Your Masked Lapwing is a really cool bird :)

Brian King said...

Odd looking birds, but I love the yellow!

Ranten said...

New bird for me :-)) And yes, it locks hot and dry!

June Caedmon said...

What a neat bird! You did well capturing him in his environment. Thanks for hosting, Stewart!

Richard Pegler said...

Great images, Stewart, and a good point made!

I'm another person who falls into the trap of mainly shooting close-up portraits of birds. Quite often this is a matter of necessity as, if the view was spread much wider, it would include a mass of out-of-focus foliage, street signs, machinery, bird feeders, or other unsightly detritus. I do try to discipline myself to get some shots to show the subject in its natural environment - and occasionally I succeed!

Best wishes - - - Richard

photodoug said...

Stewart, an elusive bird. Thanks for sharing.

A Colorful World said...

A beautiful splash of yellow on that bird in the brown dry grass! Lovely shots! I forget sometimes you in Australia, New Zealand, etc. are in summer while we are in winter. :-)

BumbleVee said...

Oh, to be hot and dry for a few days...hahhahah.... although, when it happens in our summers..we always then wish for cold and snowy, which it is today ...and, every day for months of winter around these parts. Maybe I would like warm and middle of the road temperature..yeh, that would be really nice. Where can I move that would have those?

Missy George said...

You certainly captured the hot and dry..Pretty shots..I have a habit of cropping out the scenery in my pictures..Focus on the bird..You made me think..that's dangerous..Enjoy the rest of your week..

Linda said...

But I love your bird pictures! Still, your post on Dove Lake was marvelous.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Not a touch of green, but your Lapwing stands out!

Beth said...

The yellow on the face is very striking!