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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: 2007-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 11:23
Viewed: 4443
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Blacksmith Lapwing, photographed in the golden evening light.

I took this photo along the Sabie river a few kilometers east of Kruger National Park’s main restcamp Skukuza.
There was a rainy storm at night and thus a lot of shallow water between the tarred H4-1 road and the Sabie river especially at the look-out points.
There I spotted this Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus).
The plover used the temporary water to take a bath. This is after the bath; the drying moment.
No towels apparently.

Car. Open window. No beanbag. IS.
Another image…same session, same bird, taken with a 5D+70-200+1.4 extender: here.

Lightroom and PS CS3

…tire kicking
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
5/10/2007 16:38:53
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Thank you very much!
Annick Vanderschelden

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To PeterDF: Than you very much, Petervanderschelden 1 06-01 11:13
To carper: Wederzijds Jaap...vanderschelden 1 05-12 11:37
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well Annick leuk je weer eens te zien.
Ja wat kan ik hier van zeggen. U bent nog verder gegroeid als natuur fotograaf, en dat is welgemeend. zeer fraaie pov, goede kwaliteit uitstekend fotowerk.
proficiat jaap

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-12 12:15]

Hola amigo,
interesante captura,
hermoso disparo,
buena iluminación y detalles...
sensacional link.
saludos Annick.

This is filled with stunning details. The white isn't hot and contrasts so nicely against the black. The colors are vibrant, and the pose is priceless. Wonderful exposure, the capture is sharp, and overall, the composition deserves a ten!

Hi Annick,

Excellent capture with great composition, nice pose, sharp details, very good lightig and natural bright colours.



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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-12 13:28]

Merhaba Annick,
Excellent shot! Great details. Excellent POV and well saturated colours. This is a first class photo. TFS Hüseyin

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-12 14:01]

Hi Annick . This picture of the bird looks 3D on my computer not to sure why. But it looks great. you have sharp focusing with good detail and colours.good use of the wearm light. well done TFS.

Excellent portrait. Great focusing, background and lighting,
Best wishes,

Hello Annick,
Superb shot as usual! you have captured the bird at an excellent moment - feathers all ruffled. The sharpness and details in the plumage captured are very impressive. beautiful lighting too.

Hi Annick
Crystal clear image with superb detail and wonderful natural color tones, not easy to achieve in birds that are white and black
tfs jon

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-13 8:39]

Perfect shot of this beautiful litle Lapwing!
The DOF is exceptional and makes the bird stand out very well.
Sharp with incredible detail.
Excellent composition too.
I love the low, warm light.
Very well done, Annick!


This is a good picture of a bird that i've never seen before and as usual this picture has a stamp of your class! The details, colors and sharpness are too good.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-13 12:18]

Hola Annick, otra excelente fotografia esta con una luz muy agradable, buena definición y un lujo de color. Un saludo

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-13 13:06]

Hoi Annick, prachtige compositie met lichtval. Details voor in de foto zijn erg subtiel. Wat is fotografie toch een prachtig iets.
Bedankt voor het delen van alle mooie indrukken en de betreffende details erbij.
Groet reina

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-13 15:23]

Hi Annick

A great shot with and excellent detail, light and colour. Well observed and captured.



What a capture! The lighting in this image is amazing. It looks like the setting sun made everything in your picture look 'warm' The pose of the bird, colors, POV and detail are all perfect. It is a great image amongst many others in your wonderful gallery. This is top notch work my friend! TFS

Best Regards,


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-14 3:24]

Hi Annick,
Very good! Exposure control, and details are lovely. Well done and TFS

Hello Annick,
Great capture with excellent focus
BG very nice too

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-05-14 18:16]

Superbe oiseau et bonne qualité d'image.

Beautiful shot here of a great bird. The sounds the Blacksmith Lapwing make at waterholes and such are extraordinary and you have captured the bird so beautifully! Very nicely done.

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