Northern Lapwing – Vanellus vanellus

Celebrating my first sighting of the Northern Lapwing this year. Because I was in the train when I saw it flying over a field where there has been a pair for the last years, here are some pictures of last year. I took the pictures at the Neeracher Ried.

Male Lapwing with his shiny feathers:

Here you can see the tuft, the all black throat and breast and the red legs of the male.

The female has a shorter tuft and her throat is not all black.

Courting rituale: The male in the background lifts his tail to show the female in the front a nice place for a nest:

Two male Lapwing doing their spectacular flight to show off.

The Lapwing is smaller than a Mallard.

~ by Natalie on March 15, 2010.

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