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Blacksmith Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing
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Copyright: Morne Landsberg (ABON) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-10
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-10 7:29
Viewed: 3545
Points: 16
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I took this photo in Etosha and I was actually busy shooting an eagle when this Lapwing appeared and couldn't resist it.

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.

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Hello Morne,
Very nice captured of the Blacksmith Lapwing, good sharpness details, lovely full reflection of the bird in the water, and what I really like here is the warm colours of this picture, that I know you get from natural low light, I have been try to get a decent shot of this bird but not succeed it yet:)
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Beautiful exposure and the reflection in the water is excellent. Good feather and eye detail.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-10 11:19]

Hello Morne,
Very nice photo of this Blacksmith Plover in beautiful colours and good sharpness. Excellent composition and a pleasing reflection on the water.

The f/4 did a magic here Morne! Good evening! Brilliant point of view, great simplicity and moderate sharpness here.I love the subtle white colors and the reflection of the bird in the water!
George Veltchev

Hi Morne,

Wow what a superb capture of this Blacksmith Lapwing here my friend, splendid low natural warm lighting, great sharpness with nice detail, love the full reflection, lovely exhibit Morne and well done,
Best regards,



Good POV, sharpness, detail, lighting and composition to show the reflection. I did a similar post with the reflection of a Hamerkop some time ago.

Hi Morne,
What more can I say than a fantastic image. You should also try the Neat Image program I told your dad about. It truly makes a difference. Very well done my boy and tfs.
Aunt Natley

Hello Morné,
I echoe all the positive comments above and, when it comes to bird photography, if PeterZ says so then it is so. A very pleasant image indeed. Personally, and for comparison, I would have removed the three reflection bottom right to see if it would make a difference. Best wishes.

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