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Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-05 4:27
Viewed: 4906
Points: 48
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Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) / Vanellus armatus

The Blacksmith Lapwing is the 37th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy!

This is a bird one can hear a mile away. They are very vocal; calling, sounding alarm, or conversing seemingly non stop. They are very protective over their chicks and will not hesitate to attack birds larger than themselves to defend their territory or their off-spring. They would even attack an elephant if it should wander too close to the nest.

This photo was captured late afternoon with the sun lying low down on the horizon causing long shadows and giving a warm, golden glow to the image.

General Overview
Blacksmith Lapwings have a striking pied appearance, the white forehead contrasting with the black of the nape, face, front of the neck and breast. The mantle and back are black, and the wings are bluish-grey. The hind neck and belly are white. The bill legs and feet are black and the eye is a dark ruby-red. The legs of this species are particularly long, an adaptation to its wading habits.

This species is usually found near water and can occur in fairly large flocks in suitable habitat. Blacksmith Lapwings prefer the shoreline of water bodies, but may be found feeding on open ground near water. Movements are typically slow and deliberate, the bird moving forward, pausing and then pecking at the ground for food. When not feeding, birds will often sleep standing on one leg in the shallows, the other leg tucked into the belly feathers to conserve body warmth.

They make a sharp metallic "klinking" sound, reminiscent of someone striking an anvil, giving rise to the common name of this species.

The diet consists of worms, insects and mollusks.

They breed mainly from July to October, and less commonly in summer. The nest is a scrape on the ground, often lined with small pieces of dried plants or stones.

They are sometimes confused with: The Crowned Lapwing. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Ciao Anna, lovely bird in nice walking pose, wonderful warm colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Anna
Magnificent picture, beautiful details and natural colors and great composition. Very educative note. Job well done!
Regards Hedesan

Hi Miss Piggy - a great capture. excellent sharpness with perfect lighting. TFS


Good catch light in the eye of the subject. I also like the detail and composition.

Hello Anna,
Another beautiful image with the low light making the detail visible. I still marvel at the excellent bird photography you do with your little Sony. Well done. How far were you from the bird?

hello Anna

excellent close-up photo of the Blacksmith Lapwing
with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful warmer light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-05 7:32]

Hello Anna,
Wonderful photo of this Blacksmith Plover in fantastic warm light and taken from a perfect low POV. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good composition.

Ciao Anna. Intrigant playing of light and colours with good details and sharp.


Hello Anna,
Splendid Lapwing with longer legs than those migrating in my country. Fantastic composition, excellent details and amazing natural colors.
Perfect focus. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-05 9:42]

Hello Anna,
A superb capture of a Blacksmith Lapwing.
The timing to get the leg position is great and the fine low lateral POV shows it with excellent sharpness, natural colours in lighting that gives a nice catchlight in the eye. The BG of the natural habitat is sufficiently OOF to let the lapwing stand out well without making the habitat too blurred.
Thanks and hvae a good weekend,

Hello Anna,
Always great to be back in KNP through your images. Of course I know the Blacksmith Lapwing. Especially in terms of photography:-). Concerning the former I could state that the easy part is the focusing as the bird is slightly bigger than some of his feathered counterparts and secondly the plover isn't too shy either which offered me lot of opportunities to get the job done.
The difficulty might be the black versus white areas resulting in respectively clipped blacks or blown highlights. 04:27 and some clouds might be helpful in order to achieve the right dynamic range:-).
Thanks for sharing this wonderful plover as well as bringing me back into this wilderness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-05 11:55]

Hello Anna,
Outstanding portrait shot of this beautiful Blacksmith Lapwing . Very sharp and clear details with nice colours and fine focus. Perfect natural lighting and nice pose captured. Excellent POV and DOF. I like its gorgeous reed eye. Very nicely composed.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-05 15:54]

Hi Anna,a beautiful close-up on this very bird,i like a lot the impressives legs taken so well,but all the composition is excellent under all therms of valutation.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Two things strike me....a mile away or the call to be heard is quite the distance....then the loooong legs are very cool:-)

Hi Anna
You can start your own bird guide by now! Great photo, nice to see some movement! Very sharp and good feather detail, nice catchlight in the eye. The Sony strikes again, well done!

Hello Anna
this 37th bird fromthe Kruger Park is also a beautiful species an very well captured, walking on the soil in the sunshine, nice natural environment and amazing sharpness
Have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-06 21:45]

Hi Anna.
Once more impressive 3D-image of a very cute bird. Its details are simply ultimate and exposure also cannot be better. All colour shades of the feathers are reflected perfectly. Patch of light in it's eye gives some charm of the picture. Natural surrounding supplements the refined image of the bird nicely. Well done and kind regards.

Hi Anna
Impressive bird and beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours, and good sharpness.

Hallo Anna,
what a beautiful capture of the Blacksmith Lapwing, superb sharpness, marvellous warm colours and lighting, splendid red eye detail, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Best regards

Hello Anna,

A lovely capture, that shows the characteristics of the bird so well!
Accurate focus and super details in the plumage, and the fine light renders vivid and natural colours...
Good eye contact with the bird as it is striding along on long legs..!

Pablo -

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-02-10 7:16]

Hello Anna,
what a lovely capture of this long legged bird! The sharpness is simply great. The brown shiny eye is very well seen and the plumage in different colours are well shown.
The side view is well taken to give the features and the patterned BW for this bird.


Hello Anna,
Beautiful bird captured with great details, nice colours and excellent composition. Well done!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-02-14 13:30]

Hi Anna,
Very nice catch, the natural environment is a great photo
Congratulations and best regards ..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-02-14 16:55]

Hello Anna,
I have noticed from your photos that you seem to have a fair number of birds in Africa which have stilt like legs. This is another beautiful example of one of those birds.
The contrasting black and white coloration of it's plumage is very attractive and that red eye demands immediate attention. Excellent detail and lighting and captured from a nice low POV. Well done!!

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