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Blacksmith Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-11-15 7:25
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to southern and southwestern Africa. The vernacular name derives from the repeated metallic 'tink, tink, tink' alarm call, which suggests a blacksmith's hammer striking an anvil.


Blacksmith Lapwings are very boldly patterned in black, grey and white, possibly warning colours to predators. It is one of five lapwing species (two African, one Asian and two Neotropical) that share the characteristics of a carpal (wing) spur, red eye and a bold pied plumage. The bare parts are black. Females average larger and heavier but the sexes are generally alike.
Habitat and numbers

The Blacksmith Lapwing occurs in association with wetlands of all sizes. Even very small damp areas caused by a spilling water trough can attract them. In South Africa they are most numerous in the mesic(1) grassland region, less so in higher-rainfall grasslands. Like the Crowned Lapwing, this species may leave Zambia and Zimbabwe in years of high rainfall and return in dry years. It avoids mountains of any type.
Blacksmith Lapwings expanded their range in the 20th century into areas where dams were built and where intensive farming was practiced. Consequently they are now numerous and established in the western Cape region of South Africa, where they were absent until the 1930s. In this region they have also entered estuarine mud flats in winter where they aggressively displace other waders.

The species reacts aggressively to other lapwings or African Jacanas that may enter its wetland habitat. It breeds in spring, but its choice of nesting site and timing may be opportunistic. The young separate gradually from their parents and do not return to natal areas afterwards. They feed on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.

(1)In ecology, a mesic habitat is a type of habitat with a moderate or well-balanced supply of moisture, i.e. a mesic forest, a temperate hardwood forest, or dry-mesic prairie. The opposite of mesic is xeric.

Capture time: 15:00
ISO 400

Digital workflow: Lightroom 1.4, Camera Raw v4.6 and PS CS3

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jconceicao, cicindela, siggi, angela926, nglen, Adanac, crs, haraprasan, Alex99, horia, Dis. Ac., LordPotty, albert, hester has marked this note useful
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Hi Annick,

Excellent shot.
Focus and sharpness are good.
Colours and details are splendid.

Hello Annick!
The mosaic of colours in this species are simly great! A little limilar to European Pica pica, but on the other hand totaly different combination.
This species in new for me and thanks to your note I learned a lot about this interesting bird.
All the best from Lodz!

Excellent shot different interesting bird.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-15 9:20]

Ha Annick,

Een mooie opname van deze lapwing,een agressief vogeltje,hij staat er fraai op met goede lage POV en een groene onder en achtergrond,iets wat wij deze keer niet veel gezien hebben,groetjes,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-15 10:15]

Hello Annick,
Very nice capture, good composisition and pov, superb sharpness and depth of field, lovely natural colors and good light.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Annnick, Great capture, excelletn composition and pov, good sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors, good clarity, nice oof background and superb details,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-15 11:42]

Hi Annick. A very fine close up of the Lapwing. You have captured a good pose with the bird looking back. your picture showing a good view of the feathers. which you have taken with natural looking colours. well done tFS


Hi Annick

Great shot of this classic African species. Great composition and low-down POV. Brilliant sharpness and plumage details and presented on a great OOF contrasting background.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-15 12:31]

Hola Annick,
bella captura y estupendo encuadre,
buen foco y color,

Hi Annick,
Excellent capture of this Blacksmith Lapving with great pose, POV and composition, sharp details.

Hello Annick

A beautiful capture of this lapwing.
The plumage detail is very good and the markings show well.
Very good sharpness and focus.
It has a very bemused expression on it's face.
Lovely composition.
Nicely done.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-15 18:23]

Hi Annick,
Plenty of detail in the plumage and that incredible eye. Wonderful composition and notes my friend, thank you.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-15 22:17]

Hello Annick,

I like the low POV you have chosen to show this bird. You have had a nice eye contact with the bird despite your rear position. As image is sharp good details of the bird can be observed. In the mean time bird's image stands fine against the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Annick,
A nice capture of this beautiful lapwing bird. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-15 22:33]

Hi Annick.
Great shot of the beautiful bird. I am impressed with pleasantness of lights and colours, amazing combination of sharpness of the bird image and delicate blurriness of the BG. Exposure and reproduction of texture and colour tones of the bird feathers are precise. My compliments and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-15 22:55]
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Hi Annick

Great close-up from you again, my friend!
I really like you low POV here that allows us such an intimate view of this Blacksmith Lapwing but also gives a terrific, far away BG that makes the subject stand out even better,
The sharpness of your shot is impeccable and the natural colors are also very beautiful.
On a different level: you say your digital workflow envolves Lightroom and Camera Raw before PS...what do you usually do with the first two?

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

Hallo Annick,

mooie belichting van deze vogel, de rode ogen komen mooi uit in het zwart van zijn vederkleed.
Je hebt veel mooie foto's gemaakt daar in Afrika, zodat je daar nog steeds uit kan putten.

De detailering van het verenkleed is werkelijk verbluffend overal goede doortekening in.


Hi Annick,
What a beautiful bird!
I love the contrasting black and white patterns fading into grey at the rear.
This is one I haven't seen on TN before and is totally new to me.
Interesting post.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-16 3:25]

Hallo Annick,
Fantastisch lage POV weer. Hierdoor steekt de plevier prachtig af tegen de vage achtergrond. Leuke pose met zijn gedraaide koppie. Scherpte en kleuren zijn als van ouds, uitstekend. Fraaie compositie. Een foto om jaloers op te worden.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-16 4:36]

merhaba Annick
its new and beautiful lapwing subspecies for me
i like POV, DOF, colours and sharpness

Hello Annick
Great photo as usual
Kind regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-16 10:47]

Hi Annick,
this is quite literally perfect!
The composition is superb.
Very sharp with great detail.
Excellent blurry BG.

Very well done,

Hi Annick,
This is a detailed capture of a nice and cute specie. Exposure and colors are natural in good composition. You managed well with those pale and dark tones. Interesting notes too! Greetings,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-11-29 13:34]

Hi Annick

Perfectly composed and with a great POV. I love the backwards glance at you and the lovely exposure on the difficult black and white feathers.



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