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Northern Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus


About 30 cm in length, white below and brown above - brown with an obvious green iridescent reflection. The main feature is male's long crest; juvenile and female sport shorter crests - here, female.


Easily seen in wetlands, mudflats and intertidal zone. Here, we observed two of them (reportedly more) in coastal, saline marshes of Sené, a highly protected ornithological reserve in Morbihan bay of Brittany, France.


The marshes of Sené are waders' paradise, and I wish we had some more time to explore them more. In one afternoon we observed plenty of avocets, stilts, barges, dunlins, shelducks, egrets, lapwings, terns and gulls; unfortunately, we missed spoonbills, but got some kingfisher, swallows, wrens in exchange... Great place, great volunteers ready to explain and answer your questions; and I sincerely recommend it if you are around.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Sarzeau, Bretagne, France

Spotted on Jul 14, 2020
Submitted on Aug 5, 2020

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