Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 207 - Lapwing

This week continues the theme of birds that rely on damp grasslands for breeding.  As a kid I would have called these birds Peewits and they were a (reasonably) common sight on ploughed fields and on the permanent grasslands on the Mendips.  Today, they are not so abundant.

Technically I think these birds are now called Northern Lapwings, and enjoy a double barrelled scientific name - Vanellus vanellus.






You may not be surprised to find out that these pictures were taken on Orkney in Scotland.

You may also not be surprised to find out that you can join in with WBW by clicking on the blue button below!  SM  (As ever I an dreadfully behind with comments.)

35 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That Lapwing is a handsome critter! Very nice photos!

Bas van Es said...

de Kievit in zijn eigen omgeving is hij ook op zijn mooist.

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the Lapwing. Nice to see them as I had a hard time coming close to them this season. :)

Frank Boxell said...

Very handsome and distinctive wader. Definitely not a common sight inland compared to many years ago.

Findlay Wilde said...

Great birds. We have a pair that have bred in the next field along from the one behind our house.

Margaret Adamson said...

yes these are called Northern Lapwing and a lovely wader. Many thanks for hosting.

Linda W. said...

I like the tall feathers on top of this bird's head!

Mary Cromer said...

I think that the Lapwings are so pretty and happy to see these great images~

eileeninmd said...

Hello, gorgeous shots of the Lapwing. I would love to see this bird in person. Thanks for hosting. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Brian King said...

I like these guys! That little cowlick thing they've got going on makes them look rather regal!

TexWisGirl said...

neat birds.

mick said...

Great photos of a very interesting bird.

Beth said...

Love the crest on the lapwings - such distinctive birds! Thanks for hosting once again.

Valerie said...

Fascinating critters! Great shots

Tiina V. said...

Great photos!
I like lapwings very much.
I see them almost every day here in southern Finnish countryside.

Lady Fi said...

The Orkneys seem like an amazing place. Lovely photos.

diane b said...

Love its hairdo.

Tony McGurk said...

A beautiful Lapwing. I like the feathers that stick up on top of it's head. It looks like it has antennae.
Coincidentally Stewart I did my WBW post featuring a air of Masked Lapwings before I visited here, then when I came to link up I was surprised to see that you featured a Lapwing as well.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

aw...the world needs more lapwings

Adam Jones said...

I'm fortunate to have Lapwings nesting a few miles down the road from me, on my patch. Great birds to see and hear all year round. Numbers are dwindling year after year though.

June Caedmon said...

What a neat looking bird, Stewart! Love his headdress! Happy travels.

babsjeheron said...

Delightful birds, and excellent captures, Stewart!

Marie C said...

Gorgeous lapwing shots, Stewart! Sorry I have been so absent lately. Just don't get out of the house into the heat unless I absolutely have to! Won't be moving till the end of Sept....after that I am hoping I will have many many opportunities to get some new great photos!

Phil Slade said...

"Not so abundant" is a real understaement Stewart. Lucky you were in Scotland becusue in the breeding season Lapwings are becoming increasingly scarce in former strongholds of England.

TheChieftess said...

Interesting headfeathers!

Andrea Priebe said...

I don't see anything about these birds that would cause me to call them Lapwings or Peewits for that matter. Didn't anybody notice that they have an antenna on their head ... shouldn't that be considered when naming the bird? What an interesting bird ... very similar to our California Quail I think, but much stockier. You manage week after week to find birds I have never heard of before ... either you are pretty amazing or I am pretty ignorant( I prefer the first explanation :). This is a Handsome bird and great pictures, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Missy George said...

Love the head feathers..Great shots..interesting name

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The Lapwing really is a fascinating bird with that great head-dress! I'd love to see one in real life (but this is not my first virtual sighting -- If not from another one of your personal posts, then by linking to some of the other amazing birders on WBW -- either way it is thanks to you. .. and my life-list would be incredible if I could count my virtual sightings ;>)

A Quiet Corner said...

What a beautiful bird!!! I never heard of it Stewart but I love it's little "hat"...reminds my of an old time hat way back when...:)JP

pattisjarrett said...

What a beautiful Lapwing! Striking with the plumage.

Dave Lewis said...

Great shots! And finally you have a bird that I've seen!

Linda said...

Love the head feathers! I also like the name Vanellus vanellus. Reminds me of vanilla!

genie said...

This one prissy little fellow....love those head feathers and the black and white coloring is so pretty. I am still thinking about our walks into the central chamber at Newgrange. NO touching of the walls. I remember that so well. It is fun to talk with someone who has had a similar experience. It is one of a kind. genie

Bob Bushell said...

Beaytiful image of the Lapwing.You're in the Orkney Isles I suppose!

Mama Zen said...

Marvelous shots! I love their "do!"