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Blacksmith Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-10-23 11:18
Viewed: 3140
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken at one of the smaller salt lakes (pans) in the Etosha National Park. I waited for over 2 hours to get a shot away from the bank to eliminate the dry grass reflection in the water. But to no avail. Sorry for the dry grass reflection in the water.

Blacksmith Lapwing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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 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.

Behaviour and food
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 the same areas afterwards. They feed on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-23 11:34]

Hello Carl,
Another very nice photo. Light and colours are beautiful and good sharpness. Pleasing reflection on the water, composition and eye contact.

Hello Carl,
Great capture taken from good POV with excellent light, colours and details. Maybe the sharpness isn`t the best but it is still acceptable. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-23 12:16]

Hello Carl,
super clear and well exposed shot. Tones on whites and lighter plumage have great detail and sharpness. Fantastic reflection in the water. Very well presented.Best regards Siggi

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-23 22:05]

Bonjour Carl,
Belle image avec un reflet des plus intéressants.
La lumière est bonne et la netteté très bonne.

Hello Carl
Interesting bird and impressive photo with wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-24 7:41]

Hi Carl,
Another nice portrait of a beautiful bird.Nice colours and good composition.
Very nice reflection the bird in the water.
Regards Jiri.

Nice and simple shot Carl. I would push the contrast slightly and probably decrease the brightness of the highlights selectively! In regards to your question how to engrave your name into the image the answer is simple but I will just take your attention to the easiest way although we have few different ways. So, in Photoshop just open a new file with the following dimensions: width 50mm, height 10mm and resolution of 72pixels/inch.( these are just suggested sizes, but obviously the text can be any size. I prefer more discrete sign.) Make sure that Background contend is marked: Transparent. Click OK button.Go to Horizontal type tool which is marked as main latter "T" on the tool bar on left.Click on the newly created transparent box, click and type your name, but before that chose your font and its size. To do that go to Window and click on Character. Then a new tool bar called Character will open on your right. Chose the size of your font and the font itself. Type your name on the new box, chose a color. White and black is a classical choice and they work well on most backgrounds despite the background colors. Once you have the name written, go to Select>All and then copy the file.Now go to the already re-sized image which you are preparing to post and Paste the copied file. Moved it to the corner of the image. If you are not happy with a white text on a bright image simply Invert it into a black text...Image>Adjustments>Invert. You can also control the density of the text by going to its Opacity which is on the Layers window, and by moving the slider from 100% to the left the Text will become from a solid color to transparent.Question of practicing I guess!
George Veltchev

Ciao Carl, lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic reflection, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Boet,
This is a beautiful image of this Lapwing standing in the muddy water. I like the reflection in the water and the catchlite in the eye. Excellent detail and clarity. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Carl,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Blacksmith Lapwing. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nie day.


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