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Southern lapwing; Chilean name Queltehue        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Southern lapwings are large, noisy plovers that live in open areas in Central and South America (all the way to the southern tip of Patagonia).   Like many large plovers it has spur-like structures at the wrist joint (visible in the upper right picture and in the images of the flying birds).   The bird in the images at center and right above, and below at left, was patrolling the town baseball field in Gamboa, Panama.   The other lapwings were in Cali, Colombia, near Parque Nacional Torres del Paine or near Valdivia, both in south Chile (note their darker throats and gray rather than brownish head, neck, and back coloration).  The individual with the somewhat duller coloration and mottled back pattern near the bottom of the page is a juvenile.

  • digital captures; Canon 30D, 1D3, or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens, 800 mm IS lens, or 100-400 Mk II zoom, some with 1.4X converter, fill-in flash for some images (2006, 2009, 2015, 2016)