SOMERSET LEVELS 313 – LAPWINGS, TEALHAM MOOR

 

 


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Driving westwards across Tealham Moor, and a long line of birds, high up above, caught my eye.  There was no traffic on the narrow road, so I stopped, watched and waited, wondering where they might be headed.  They came lower and wheeled about overhead, and I saw them to be Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus), a type of large plover, that form large flocks in winter.  I started taking pictures.

Here, the flock is flying across in front of a bare, winter tree, and there are a few smaller, darker birds below them, which are Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris).

Compositionally, the flock is almost “resting on top” of the tree, the combination of the birds and tree making a ‘T’ shape within the image.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Tealham Moor, on the Somerset Levels; 30 Nov 2018.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

10 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 313 – LAPWINGS, TEALHAM MOOR

  1. bluebrightly says:

    There they are, lapping at the air….I like that strong marking on the wing underside. The photo shows it beautifully. I didn’t realize lapwings are so boldly colored, but I recognize the plover shape and the collar, like some of our plovers. We have the Killdeer, with its famous broken wing display, and Black-bellied (Pluvialis squatarola – maybe you have that one too?) and Semi-palmated plovers are pretty common here too, I think. Learning the birds here is a very slow process!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      The Lapwing is the one of a “tribe” of large plovers that is found over western Europe, with other, often boldly plumaged, members to the south (Africa) and southeast. Yes, squatarola is here, we know it as the Grey Plover. A 🙂

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  2. paula graham says:

    marvellous sight makes for a super photo…I see lots of goldfinches in town plus a small gathering of starlings as well.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks! Yes, Goldfinches seem to be doing well now – there are some “mini-Levels” close to where you are, in the valley between you and the motorway, tho I’ve never visited them and don’t know about access. 🙂

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      • paula graham says:

        Yes, I cycle there everyday, if I can..in between waiting for people to help me get the flat straight.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Also, there’s a path that goes off southwards down the coast from your town; I used to walk it a lot years ago, birdwatching – I think I used to park the car at the west end of Old Church Road and then walk on from there. The path is immediately behind the beach, and as I remember it very suitable for cycling. 🙂

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