La Pavoncella / The Northern Lapwing

Oggi vi presento un’altro uccello migratore che, già da un po’ di tempo, è tornato in Svezia: la Pavoncella (Vanellus vanellus).
Di medie dimensioni (Alto: da 28 a 31 cm; Apertura alare: da 70 a 76 cm; Peso: da 150 a 300 g) in italiano è così chiamato perché i riflessi bronzei del piumaggio ricordano molto quelli del pavone. Caratteristico poi il suo ciuffo appena dietro la testa che può raggiungere anche i 10 cm e che, a seconda della posizione o del vento, la fa sembrare alquanto buffa.

Ho scattato queste foto qualche settimana fa, durante il periodo degli accoppiamenti ossia quando i maschi cimentano in azzardate e veloci piroette nel cielo: un vero spettacolo!

Cercando info sulla rete, ho purtroppo scoperto che questo uccello pare sia a rischio estinzione, almeno in Svizzera, a causa della bonifica dei territori umidi, suo habitat naturale.
Per questo, Birdlife Svizzera lo ha designato quale uccello dell’anno per il 2019.
Anche la International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) ha classificato questa specie come minacciata.
Foto scattate con Nikon D750 e Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD G2 SLR

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Today I show you another migratory bird that has been returning to Sweden for some time already: the Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).
Medium size (High: from 28 to 31 cm; Wingspan: from 70 to 76 cm; Weight: 150 to 300 g) in English is so called because of the “lapping” sounds its wings make in flight, while in Italian is called Pavoncella (little Peacock) because of the green colours of its plumage on the back.
Characteristic then its crest just behind the head that can reach even 10 cm and that, depending on the position or the wind, makes it seem quite funny.

I took these pictures a few weeks ago, during the mating period, when the males try their best in risky and fast pirouettes in the sky: a real show!

Looking for info on the net I discovered, unfortunately, that this bird seems to be at risk of extinction, at least in Switzerland, due to the drainage of wetlands, its natural habitat.
For this reason, Birdlife Switzerland has designated the Northern Lapwing as the bird of the year for 2019.
Also the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) considers this bird at risk.

Pictures taken by  Nikon D750 e Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD G2 SLR

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5 thoughts on “La Pavoncella / The Northern Lapwing

  1. Those images came from a 150-600 lens??!! Of what I’ve seen of some telephoto lenses, Ive not been impressed with the fidelity, BUT THESE are amazing!!! Bravo! And how exciting to travel Europe do see such diversity of nature – wild life.

    I am sorry for their decline! The California Condor (a very ugly bird but one with a very distinct and valuable purpose in nature) was nearly extinct in my life time, but conservation and breeding efforts have restored their population. I am so glad you captured such beauty, and I am glad efforts are being made to preserve them!

    Your work in play and discovery is so much appreciated.

    1. Hello Ian! Yes, Tamron 150-600, maybe not the best lens but after a couple of years I started to know it and, hopefully, to get the best out of it. But, as you probably know as a photographer, we always look for the perfection… and usually that’s expensive 😃😉.

      Thanks a lot for your comment and compliments, and yes, is so sorry to hear about more and more species at risk. But I think it will help to try to stop this course if we can share as much as we can the beauty of Nature, trying to get people more aware of what we are risking to loose for ever.
      I hope to do something about it, and I’m really happy it is appreciate and understood.