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Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 24 February 2012 in Animal & Insect.

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Canon EOS 7D 1/320 second F/11.0 ISO 400 500 mm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Töyhtöhyyppä is there. In this region, it is time for the general. It nests in open fields and some farmers have to move their hives from the side to be able to do work in the fields.

24 Feb 2012 5:41am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Lovely coloration!

24 Feb 2012 6:11am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Wonderful capture! Beautiful bird with great reflection.

24 Feb 2012 6:14am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Love this shot! That reflection is fabulous!

24 Feb 2012 7:02am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely image with the bird's rainbow wings and reflection.

24 Feb 2012 7:14am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! like a rainbow
well done
have a lovely day

24 Feb 2012 8:07am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

a fine portrait, and an enjoyable morning.

24 Feb 2012 8:11am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Stunning, magnificent!

24 Feb 2012 8:14am

STEED from D, France

Hey !!!!!!!!!!!!! A great one .....

24 Feb 2012 8:33am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

And I thought they were just black and white......lovely frame.

24 Feb 2012 8:34am

@Nigel: The feather's physical structure acts like a diffraction grating, giving the splashes of colour. (i.e. it's not a colour produces by a natural dye). To see it, you need the sun behind you, and as strong as possible-and they need to be somewhat sideways on to you....that's why most folk think that they are black and white

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Oh! it is beautiful. A superb image as I like. Good day *****.

24 Feb 2012 8:44am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot.. lovely reflection

24 Feb 2012 8:57am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb capture and great reflections !

24 Feb 2012 9:31am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Speaking of well done!!!

24 Feb 2012 9:41am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful image of the bird smiling and elegantly dressed in colorful feathers ... Great job I congratulate you ... Best regards, Adela

24 Feb 2012 9:44am

tataray from france, France

Avec ces couleurs merveilleuses ?...
Sublime miroir. Une superbe image.)

24 Feb 2012 9:57am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un superbe plumage arc en ciel!! :)

24 Feb 2012 10:58am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & beautiful!!!!

24 Feb 2012 10:58am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

That is a handsome bird! Nice reflection too. I'm assuming this is breeding plumage?

24 Feb 2012 11:00am

@Julie L. Brown: this was shot in May 2010, so I guess this would be "Left over" breeding plumage. The colours are as much to do with the angle of the sun and camera as the time of year(Just like magpies and starlings look black, unless you get the angle right)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Superb portrait of a lapwing, love those rainbow wings

24 Feb 2012 11:06am

Kat from Lorraine, France

Great colors and reflection !!!!

24 Feb 2012 1:02pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Hey those colours are just superb!

24 Feb 2012 1:03pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

love the iridescence - great frame

24 Feb 2012 1:09pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

LOVE these birds - when they arrive in my hometown in Scotland it signals the beginning of spring. That irridescence on it's wing is just spectacular!

24 Feb 2012 1:09pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, never seen one if these before. What a gorgeous shot of a very unusual looking bird. Well done!

24 Feb 2012 2:01pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Stunning shot, simple bird beautiful colours.

24 Feb 2012 2:31pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

A real stunner, got bang on

24 Feb 2012 2:35pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent photograph!

24 Feb 2012 3:30pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A splendid shot with a great reflection !

24 Feb 2012 4:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. So beautiful. Great capture. Love the colours and reflection. :)

24 Feb 2012 4:32pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

This is a wonderful bird image...both for the nice resolution and colors, but also for the bird's beautiful plumage.

24 Feb 2012 5:20pm

David from Avranches, France

Beautiful colours, rainbow-tastic.

24 Feb 2012 5:35pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Klasse Aufnahme. Schöne Spiegelung.

24 Feb 2012 5:50pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

Fantastic that you caught him walking in the water...great colours!

24 Feb 2012 7:21pm

David Ahrens from Roseville, California, United States

Beautiful image!

24 Feb 2012 8:43pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a beautiful bird. I like his irredescent feathers. Beautiful reflection!

24 Feb 2012 9:35pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

looks like it wants to be left alone.

24 Feb 2012 10:19pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

"Upside down or right side up, I'm so pretty.... Don't you think?"

24 Feb 2012 10:24pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful shot of this colorful friend!

24 Feb 2012 11:39pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Wow, what fine detail on those feathers!

25 Feb 2012 4:12am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow the colours of those feathers are amazing.....the reflection is great too.

25 Feb 2012 7:53am

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Excellent capture there. Beautiful colors.

26 Feb 2012 12:11am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

really nice capture, bravo chris

28 Feb 2012 7:11am

Canon EOS 7D
1/320 second
ISO 400
500 mm