Southern Lapwing – a Five-Photo Study

For today’s Pic du Jour I decided to add another selection to Piran Café’s small —but growing!— collection of bird photography with these shots of a Southern Lapwing that was hanging out and sailing over my hostel in Los Antiguos, Argentina, last February.

Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis), in Los Antiguos, Argentina
Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis), in Los Antiguos, Argentina

With the exception of higher parts of the Andes and some of the arid western coast areas, vanellus chilensis is common and widespread throughout South America. I saw and shot several throughout my seven-month trip on the continent last year; these were probably the best shots.

Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis), in Los Antiguos, Argentina, near the southern shore of Lago Buenos Aires

Wikipedia describes it as the “only crested wader in South America, 32-38cm (13-15in) in length and approximately 250-425g (8.8 to 15oz) in weight”; what I found most appealing and striking was the diagonal black mask covering part of its head and face and stretching towards its chest and belly.

Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis) 02

And finally, one more shot, this one grounded, which provides a much better representation of its colors. Note that all of these photos are heavily cropped so large prints are not available.

Southern Lapwing 05

More birds on Piran Cafe:

Photos:

~ Blue-Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)
~ Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
~ Chimango Caracara (Milvago chimango)
~ Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus)
~ Emerald Toucanet (aulacorhynchus prasinus)
~ James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)
~ Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) 1 | 2 | 3
~ Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) male |
~ Nazca Booby (Sula granti)
~ Southern Lapwing (vanellus chilensis)
~ White-Crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps) – seeking confirmation, please

Videos:

~ Blue-Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)
~ James’s Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi)
~ Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus)

Multi-species videos:

~ Bird Island (Isla de los Pájaros), a surreal setting in a mangrove near Puerto Pizzaro, Peru. Primarily magnificent frigatebirds, both male and female, but also ibises and great white egrets.

Or, browse through the website’s bird category list.

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  1. […] magellanicus) ~ Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) [male] ~ Nazca Booby (Sula granti) ~ Southern Lapwing (vanellus chilensis) ~ White-Crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps) – seeking confirmation, […]

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