Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Liben Plain, Ethiopia
17 January 2014
A characteristic bird of dry inland plains, Crowned Lapwing is a handsome bird indeed with a very distinctive head pattern. I have several pictures of this species but none front on to the bird. It seemed that every time we spotted a small group, and it was not uncommon in appropriate habitat, it would move twenty or thirty metres away from us and stop in its characteristic upright stance.