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Old Sep 4, 2004, 2:15 PM   #1
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This little 3 banded plover and her chick gave us hours of amusement[and capturing on camera of course]









The Chick sitting under the mother [the adult birds are not much bigger than a sparrow]


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Old Sep 5, 2004, 12:03 AM   #2
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Jake, those are some very closeup and sharp pictures you were able to get of these plovers. How did you get so close?

The eye of that adult bird really is something to look at. The chick is very, very cute!
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Hi Geoffs, thanks for the comments, the camera I use is a Panasonic FZ10, which has a 12 optical zoom [equal to 420mm], with f2.8 throughout the range, so that is a huge advantage in getting "close up" to one's subject. Also the animals and birds in the Kruger park are not really threatened by humans and they haven't learnt to be fearful of man [relatively speaking], so also getting close to them is a lot easier



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Old Sep 5, 2004, 12:25 AM   #4
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Yep, I'm familiar with the FZ10, Jake. You really used it well for these photos!

This plover is similar in some ways to the Killdeer, another plover that occurs all over North America. When approached too closely during the breeding season the killdeer performs a broken wing act, usually away from the nest, to draw attention away from the eggs or young chicks. Does this plover of your area have a similar behavior?
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nice shots, they are very cute.
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goeffs, we in fact watched this particular mother draw a Burchels Coucal away from the chick using the "wounded" tactic, very interesting to watch, but too quick for my reflexes to get it captured
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BTW geoffs, I have [and will be] posted a few scenes on the landscapes forum, also using the FZ10, if you're interested

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