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Three-banded plover

Three-banded plover
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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: 2007-10-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 1, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-04 2:10
Viewed: 3960
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 10 (10/20) in Kruger National Park.

Overnight Camps:
from Mopani
...to Shingwedzi. My most Northern Camp in Kruger.
So we are in the tropical part of the KNP. 1/3 is tropical. 2/3 subtropical.

Photo of a waterbird; the Three-banded plover.

The Three-banded Plover or Three-banded Sandplover, Charadrius tricollaris, is a small wader. This plover is resident in much of eastern and southern Africa and Madagascar, mainly on inland rivers, pools and lakes. Its nest is a bare scrape on shingle.

The adult Three-banded Plover is 18 cm in length. It has long wings and a long tail, and therefore looks different to most other small plovers in flight, the exception being the closely related Forbes's Plover which replaces it in west Africa.

The adult Three-banded Plover has medium brown upperparts, and the underparts are white except for the two black breast bands, separated by a white band, which give this species its common and scientific names. The head is strikingly patterned, with a black crown, white supercilia extending from the white forehead to meet on the back of the neck, and a grey face becoming brown on the neck. The eye ring and the base of the otherwise black bill are red.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
13/10/2007 07:33:44
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
Tone Curve : Standard
Sharpness level : -
Pattern Sharpness : -
Contrast : 0
Sharpness : 3
Color saturation : 0
Color tone : 0

Thanks for having you and a beautiful Sunday!

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Hi Annick,
It seems to me one of the best photos, a very pretty combination of colors. A suitable light.
Salutacions cordials. Ferran

Hello Annick,

Superb shot! Very good composition with and beautiful luminosity. I like most of all the good captured natural colours.
Have a nice day,

Hi Annick
lovely pose and great colours

Hi Annick
Beautiful bird, well captured and presented in his natural environment.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-04 2:47]

Hallo Annick,
Prachtige foto van deze Driebandplevier. Vooral de focus op de kop en het oog is perfect. Erg mooie natuurlijke kleuren en goede scherpte. Goede diepte in de foto.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-11-04 2:47]

Bonjour Annick,

Superbe prise nature,bravo pour le bel éclairage qui fait bien ressortir les belles couleurs et les détails du plumage de l'oiseau.

hello annick,
nice capture, liked the composition and the pov, the image is sharp with good details, the eyeslooks beautiful, the reflections add to the beauty of the shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-04 3:35]

wow fantastic shot,i like the reflection in the water of the red of eyes,perfect sharpness and detials,best whisshes,Luciano

Hi Annik,
Amazing shot with a beautiful reflection and excellent details.details in the eye in the reflected image is simply too good.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-04 5:12]

Hello Annick
Beautiful Presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp iamge whit great details.The pose is very nice.Lovely colors and I also love that reflextion in the water.
Congradulation and TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-04 5:22]

Hello Annick,
I love Plovers, they're such beautiful birds and this one is no exception. Excellent capture in beautiful light and details are very sharp. What an amazing orange eye ring which is also reflected in the water! Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-04 6:28]

Hi Annick

Half way through the Kriger Park photos and the images seems to get more and more colorfull :)
This is a splendid shot with terrific details on this Three-banded plover.
The composition you managed to create here by including just the reflection of its head is outstanding and it focuses out attention more on this amazing species.
Great timing and DOF, too, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Annick,
you returned with an ample collection of splendid shorts from your last safari. Very clear and well lighted portrait of that plover. I like the atmospheric softness of colours.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Annick,

A nice image of the Three-banded plover, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


One has to love that eye. I'm so glad you were able to get the eye reflection too. Really cool! The sharpness and natural color is superb.... again.

Evelynn : )

This is a funny looking bird. Kruger counts so many exotic and strange animals to me :) I like those beautiful details, pose captured, exposure and composition. I an ideal world, this grass wouldn’t have been there but we don’t live in a perfect world. This is much interesting post. Thanks,

hello Annick

excellent composition, i love that little action
and the pose od the bird, great luminosity on all the image
wonderful colours in the eye and bill and excellent details
of the plumage of the bird, i like also the way the bird
is framed on the image and hes reflexion on the water



Beautiful photo. The detail is fantastic - I haven't seen this much detail through a pair of binoculars.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-05 2:29]

Hello Annick,
What a interestin bird, that eye is great!
Picture is superb, colors, sharpness, composition... great job!
Regards, Dejan

Hi Annick.
Superb sharpness, detail, exposure and colour. Love the composition of reflection and grasses in the water, beautiful.

Sorry I have run out of smilies but wanted to leave a comment anyway to say superb photography.

Hi Annick,
Beautiful composition, sharpness and definition.
Just excellent.

Hello Annick
Wonderful shot of this Three-banded Plover,
Great focusing,reflection and exposure,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Great! Love the reflection - and of course the detail in your shot! Great work! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-05 6:31]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot and you have handled the natural light to perfection. Very sharp details on the plumage and I like the red band around its eyes and the red bill which reflects fabulously on the rippled water. Very attractive BG and surrounding. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-05 9:38]

Excellent bird shot Annick, very sharp, well composed and a perfect exposure even in the high lights ! Good reflections ! Thanks,


Hi Annick,
Great shot of this Plover
the eye is wonderful and a sweet reflection
Is it eating or kissing it's image? :-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-05 15:10]

Fabulous details in both the bird and its reflection!
I love the composition of this

Hello Annick,

Very nice picture of this plover, feeding... I like very much the head reflection in the water... and you managed excellently to have the beak just between the 2 twigs! Excellent exposition and very nice picture!



I've never seen this one before.
Nice shot and TFS


hi annick
A very beautiful bird in a
nice situation,good sharpness
and fine composition
like the reflection to
well done!

Ha Annick,

Weederom een pracht shot
Perfect sherp met uitstekende details
jammer dat de reflectie niet helemaal compleet is

TFS Thijs

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