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Crowned lapwing

Crowned 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: 2007-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-05 6:41
Viewed: 4768
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Almost sure this is a Crowned lapwing. Besides my royal connections:-)), I compared it to my reference 'The Kruger National Park map'. Actually the only thing that doesn't match is the greyish colour; this is actually printed rather brownish in my Bible. Maybe it is the difference between male and female or juvenile and adult, or maybe breeding colors or not?
...just a printing mistake?

Thank you for critiques... and a nice day

The Crowned Lapwing, Vanellus coronatus (also "Crowned Plover") is a bird of the lapwing subfamily that occurs contiguously from the Red Sea coast of Somalia to southern and southwestern Africa. It is an adaptable and numerous species, with bold and noisy habits. It is related to the more localised Black-winged and Senegal Lapwings, with which it shares some plumage characteristics.

The Crowned Lapwing is easily recognised by its combination of brown and white colours, with most tellingly, a black crown intersected by an annular white halo. Adults are noisy and conspicuous.

Males measure on average 3% larger than females. Juveniles are dull versions of adults, vermiculated on the wings and mantle, the legs yellowy rather than red and the bill lacking the red base.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
11/10/2007 13:43:27
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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hello Annick,
wonderfull shot and beautiful portraid! TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-05 7:25]

Ha Annick,

een mooie shot van deze kroonkieviet,deze heb ik ook in het kruger mogen fotograferen,maar kon niet zo dicht komen als jouw geloof ik,mooie close up met goede kleuren en details,


Hello Annick,
It is always a pleasure to see healthy birds with a well groomed feather coat!
A pleasant portrait with this fellow, sharp fine details and a fine colour palette...
There is a brownish tint to this one too so it may only be a matter of colour reproduction!
Pablo -

hello annick,
fine capture, the dof is precise and the details of plumage are good, liked the closeup, nice composition,
tfs & regards

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-05 7:36]

Hoi Annick,
Geweldig portret van de kroonkievit, heel gedetailleerd en kleurvol.

Hello Annick
Cool portrait of this Crowned Lapwing captured with good quality.

Hi Annick,

An amazing portrait with sharp details, nice colors and wonderful background! May be just a little bit tightly framed at right and top, what do you think about? Thank you,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-05 7:54]

Hello Annick,
Great close capture of this Lapwing showing excellent sharp details and fine colours. Very pleasant background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Great portrait - and hey - yours has a brownish tint, too. Maybe it's an age thing - as in many birds, the older the browner or vice versa...
Wonderful detail, too!
Cheers, Klaus

Hello friend Annick,

A wonderfull portrait of this beautiful Crowned lapwing. As I always say: "perfect"! TFS friend.
Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-05 9:34]
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Yep 99.9999% this is a Crowned Lapwing (You can never be 100%!)
I think this picture will assure you :)
Excellent portrait.
Very good detail and sharpness.
Great composition and a perfect POV.
Nice lighting and colours.
Great BG that has excellent bokeh.
Well done Annick.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-02-05 10:10]
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Hi Annick,

great portrait of this beautiful bird. The photo is so sharp that we can see the "tooth-pick" in her beak. Could you tell me the distance between you and bird?
TFS, Dan.

There are times, as well should be, when we come back to the real meaning of nature...the close in portrait in which the bird in this case can be seen not only in detail, but in a feeling way..You are perhaps one of the top guys in this area..and even if for only a couple of Kruger trips..one of those who documents are REALLY worth while!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-05 18:34]

Hi Annick,
Right down to the dirty beak, this is an exceptional portrait my friend, thank you for sharing.

Hello Annick,
That's a fantastic close up.very sharp and clear, very nice depth of field,nice colors and excellent details. well done!

Hello Annick,
Beautiful shot that 400mm 2.8 lens really is an amazing piece of hard wear and I note you used a 1.4 converter, just stunning, excellent detail and I love the tight crop, I wonder if I can convince the wife to buy me one {properly not} :( , all the best Cheers Rick :)

Excellent detail and composition. This is definitely the Crowned Lapwing, very common throughout Southern Africa although in the Cape it seems to be reducing in numbers at the expense of the Blacksmith Plover. TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-06 0:46]

Hi Annick

Great detail and pose here. The isolation of the subject is excellent.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-06 1:07]

Hi Annick,
Very nice portrait of this royal bird. You should have named this "portrait of nobility" :o) Color tones, POV, composition and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Annick,
Excellent closeup profile, well composed. Nice & sharp with very good color, detail, and DOF isolating the lapwing from the BG well.
Hope you don't mind, but I did a WS to try and improve this great image.

Hi Annick, beautiful portrait with splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-13 4:32]

Hello Annick, very well done on this bird portrait, well composed with a very good technical side, thanks!


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