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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, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-06 10:52
Viewed: 3734
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One morning (07:45 AM) in September while driving from one waterhole to another near the camp Namutoni in Etosha, I came upon an area where the road separates a small pan from the known “Etosha pans” and noticed the abundance activity of the birds. When I stopped, most of the water birds flew away. After an hour most have returned to feed upon the mosquitoes on the water. Yes, all those dots/specks in the water are mosquitoes!! AND believe me, there were more around my vehicle.
Please enjoy and comments are welcome.

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 natal areas afterwards. They feed on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-06 10:55]

Hi Carl,beautiful point view and magnificent capture,i like a lot the reflections of the light from the water on the plumage,a very rare thing to see and very difficult to take.Very very well done,have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Carl,
nice photo of this bird. Very good point of view. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

excellent capture with game of reflections .. certain that the food is not scarce for Blacksmith Plover!!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-06 11:27]

Hello Carl.
The composition is well done,with a beautiful reflection and lovely lighting.The colours are well saturated.The bird is in excellent focus with sharp details.Nicely done.Best regards Siggi

Impressive photo Carl! The composition is excellent! The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-06 11:32]

Parabéns por esta foto com cores e nitidez boa,bela trabalho de composição meus parabéns.

Very artistic capture of this beautiful Blacksmith Lapwing, tanks for sharing the interesting south african fauna, regards, Ferran

Hi Carl, Very nice capture of this Blacksmith Plover, superb low lighting with fabulous warm colours, good strong composition, nice and sharp, great effort here Carl and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hallo Carl
This is a great "true to nature" image with great colours and wonderful details of both the birds. That is of course the real one and the one in the mirror image. Great photography in all aspects of this image. Composition, focus, point of view, background, natural sunlight, you name it and it is great. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
ps. Het jy my epos gekry wat ek vir jou Sondag al gestuur het?

Ciao Carl, fantastic reflections, beautiful bird in nice drinking pose, excellent sharpness and splendid details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Fantastic addition to your library Carl. Good day! I love the mixture of those tree tone colors. Great clarity, great cropp and great visual impact. You've executed the shot just in the right moment when the Lapwing takes a mosquito in its beak. Glad to see that you took the image from such an angle that the bank of the water pond in the background was not included into the frame. Very good shot Carl, in my opinion!
George Veltchev

great mirror capture, TFS Ori

wonderful scene moment and photo performance!
regards, Nasos

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-12-06 23:43]


An excellent mirror image that you have posted. The colours, composition, DOF, lighting and POV are all good.

Hello Varl

Most opportune moment and setting for this sharp snap.Superb composition and the grass reflection in the BG and those mosquitoes really insert a bite to the picture.Thanks

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-07 5:11]

Spectacular image, just too beautiful, lovely species with its reflection forming some shape, interesting. tfs.

Bonjour Carl,
Belle lumière et bonne composition grâce à la judicieuse utilisation du reflet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-07 7:11]

Hallo Carl,
Erg mooie foto van deze Smidsplevier. De spiegeling in het water is prachtig. Goede scherpte en mooie natuurljke kleuren. Uitstekende compositie.
Vriendelijke groeten,

hello Carl
very nice and sharpness picture
good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Carl,
Beautiful activity and reflection in this high quality image. The population of mosquitoes is just amazing and the bird is enjoying itself so much that its eyes are even closed. What a pleasure to view. Best wishes.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-07 13:05]

Hello Carl,
this image is splendid! Excellent sharpness, splendid light, great POV, beautiful colours and very nice blue background (with fantastic reflections on the water). Very well done!

Hello Carl,
A beautiful captured of this Blacksmith Lapwing, wonderful reflection, beautiful lighting and excellent details sharpness,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Carl,
very good sharpness and point of view. Many details. Great composition. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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

Ciao Carl. Great POV here and stunning details. Intrigant environment with reflections.


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 has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Elegante trabajo y además muy bien compuesto.
Saludos Carl: J. Ignasi.

Hello Carl

Beautiful photo with the reflection on water,
fine POV and appropriate framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Carl, this is a great shot of this bird. Also good reflection. Excellent sharpness and detail. Bill

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-28 12:42]

Hi Carl!
Wonderful composition! Nice lighting and fantastic reflections! Very good sharpness.
Beautiful colours.
Congratulations my friend.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2012-02-10 1:32]

Bonjour Carl, de trés beaux reflets sur l'eau and gorgeous colors, sharp details too. Congratulations, regards, Didier.

Hello Carl.
This is a wonderful lapwings shot with pristine reflection. Lovely blue background and vivid details of the plume.
Thanks and have a great weekend.

Hi Carl,
What a minimalistic yet fabulous image MF! No busy background, no too much colors - but a nice b/w bird with reflection. Brutally powerful by my opinion. Great contrast, well chosen shutter speed (even the rings on the water are well visible, and there are details on both the blacks and whites), obviously excellent sharpness - a magic image to be proud of. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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