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.
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.
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.
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.