This close-up of a Southern Lapwing, a large South American plover, is our new photo of the week. Gallery member May Haga shot the photo in August 2011 in northern Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands and posted it to our World Gallery.
She was visiting Posada de la Laguna, a lodge within the Iberá Natural Reserve. In the photo, the bird is displaying its red wing spurs, which are used to fight off competitors and predators. “The lapwings would fly into the grounds around the lodge first thing in the morning,” May says. “They would come in small groups and were often rather noisy.”
She lay on the ground and shot the photo with a Nikon D300s and a 300mm lens.
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