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Crowned Lapwing

Vanellus coronatus

Description:

David against Goliath! Have a look at the whole series and find out why this pair of Crowned lapwings are so frantically agitating around this juvenile elephant.

Habitat:

Savannah, Marai Mara.

Notes:

Crowned Lapwings prefer short dry grassland for their nests, and can become aggressive and territorial. The elephant was "defeated" and moved on, and the eggs were safe. Photographed from the top of a vehicle from a distance using a telelens. For elephants in a neighboring area see http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/736... Apologies for the quality of the short video (lots of shake, filmed at the long end of a 500mm zoom) but it gives an idea of the energy the bird was putting in keeping the elephant away.

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59 Comments (1–25)

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 5 years ago

yes, definitely david against goliath :)

Dixie
Dixie 5 years ago

Fantastic!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

This is brilliant, Daniele. These birds know no fear. I've seen them go for people, dogs, cars, ride-on lawn mowers... and now an elephant. They have earned my respect as protective parents.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Glad you liked it Caleb :-)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

the only thing i want to know is WHY THE HECK DIDN'T I FAVORITE THIS EARLIER!!!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Leuba and madalena. Glad you liked it!

mendes.madalena
mendes.madalena 6 years ago

love the series and the video

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Just fantastic, Daniele. Just came across this one- belated Congratulations !
I am glad the elephant moved away. These lapwings seem the same all over the world - mad !!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

A belated thank you to everyone for your comments!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 6 years ago

Congrats Daniele!

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 6 years ago

Wonderful serie Daniele !! Congrats ;-)

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

Love it! :-)

DonnaBollenbach
DonnaBollenbach 6 years ago

Great story and happy ending. Congratulations on the SOTD. Well deserved!

TL
TL 6 years ago

wonderful, and congrats!

Congratulations on SOTD Daniele, well deserved.

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 6 years ago

Way to go Daniele! Another SOTD for ya! I just played the video of the bird and my cats immediately went crazy! :-)

Nice shots!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 6 years ago

Congratulations on this totally amazing spot. SOTD. Great job! Very interesting. Wonderful to have video too.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Awesome spotting, congratulations DanielePralong! Very unique.

Bravo, awesome spotting, Congratulations on the SotD !

Daniele my friend :-) great capture,beautiful situation,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing such a amazing spotting page

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

The bird sounds very angry! Congrats Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Claire and Nuwan!

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

That is a great series...the ground nesting birds sure have a tough way of it.
Congrats!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Congratulations Daniele!!

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Narok, Kenya

Lat: -1.52, Long: 35.14

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Mar 15, 2013

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