Sunday, November 16, 2014

From Kenn's Sketchbook: African Wattled Lapwing

Kenn Writes:
Random sketchbook: African Wattled Lapwing

The lapwings are large plovers, often with strong color patterns and strident voices. Various species are conspicuous in open country in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America; but for some reason, North America missed out. In North America the niche of the common open-country plover is filled by a smaller bird, the Killdeer. Watching this African Wattled Lapwing walking about on the roadside yesterday, I was struck by the absurdly long legs as well as the odd face pattern.

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