Masked Lapwing

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Masked Lapwing

JO ANN CLEVELAND 2/14/2016 7:09:37 AM

A beauty for sure Mickey...great colors and clarity! I really enjoyed your history on them too! A fave!! #1649694

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The Masked Lapwing is sometimes referred to as the Spur-winged Plover because each of its wings is armed with a yellow spur at the ‘elbow’ (or carpal joint) — Indigenous people used to say that the birds were carrying yellow spears. Lapwings use these spurs when diving at potential predators or intruders during breeding season, while chicks are running around or when the eggs are just about to hatch. While these attacks are quite unnerving, the birds seldom actually strike their ‘victims’, preferring a close approach to scare them away.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/2000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 220.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 6D

Uploaded on 2/14/2016 5:21:23 AM
Entered into contest on 2/14/2016 5:22:26 AM Editor's Pick

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