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Blacksmith lapwing 2

Blacksmith lapwing 2
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-19 4:11
Viewed: 2600
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 14
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No points please!

The family Charadriidae comprises 67 species, of which the Blacksmith Plover is one of the 11 species breeding in the southern hemisphere. Blacksmith Plovers are resident in South Africa, moving only small distances from their breeding territories.

Adults are striking in shades of black, white and grey. By far the most impacting character is their shrieking call when defending territories, eggs or chicks. Males and females are very similar in size and color. Blacksmith Plovers breed mainly from July to October with a peak in August and September but nests may be laid in any month if conditions are right. Nests are scrapes in the ground lined with a thin layer of small stones or vegetation. They are usually found near to water, marsh with short vegetation or mudflats. In some cases nests are found long distances from water, for example, Red Cross Children's Hospital in the middle of suburban Rondebosch. They have been observed to breed in places that Crowned Plovers prefer to breed. They usually lay three to four eggs but clutches of two and clutches of 5 or 6 have been recorded. Blacksmith Plovers are territorial when breeding and can have nests as close as 100m apart.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400

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hi George,
you don't need points for this. because 2 points are too less to justify your photograph. i have no word to explain it properly. simply perfect. well, that's what expected from Canon 5D. but hats off to you too for perfect timing, good adjustment of exposure.

  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-01-19 5:49]

Hi George
this great bg color is just fine with the b&w bird and its red eye
Good job!

Hi George,

Excellent timing to capture the bird in flight... The exposure, the color, the highlights are just perfect...

Great job!!


Fantastic in flight photo George! The timing, the framing, the BG, the lighting and the sharpness are impressive!

Oh my goodness!!! This is perfect!!! Wow! A_M_A_Z_I_N_G !!! Great , great great!!!
I am ...speechless ! yes ! I donīt know what to say!!!
Many many congrats and ...be happy dear George! You deserve this!And be proud also! Very proud!!! YOU CAN!
Big hug from,

Hello George

Great in-flight shot of this Blacksmith lapwing
and shot at the best moment of his cry,
with fine POV and framing, and always great
focus sharpness and details, TFS


  • paolo49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 63 N: 888] (6200)
  • [2012-01-19 8:59]

Hello George,
excellent capture. sharp detail, nice colours and lighting. Fantastic the moment captured. Regards Paolo

Hi George,
what a pose of this bird. Excellent point of view. Very good sharpness.
Nice blue sky as a background.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao George, amazing inflight capture, great pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-01-20 3:24]

Excelent shot and perfect composition, I like it.

Hello George,
Lovely capture in flight of a interesting species of birds.
Outstanding contrast against the dark blue sky.
He is looking very nice and it has the shape of the nortern lapwing migrating in my country in spring.

  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-21 6:00]

Hello Friend George,
what a breathtaking capture. The moment and action is well frozen in its best sharpness. The colours are really arresting and the simplicity really drives a splendid attraction.
You deserve the best shot here. Such an exciting shot.


PS- My respect to the NPP!

Hi George,
A fantastic in-flight capture of this Blacksmith Lapwing. I can clearly hear the sound coming from it's open bill and see the excitement in the eye. The sharpness and detail is immaculate complimented with natural colours against the beautiful BG. Well done my friend!!
Best regards,
I was not aware that a fixed lens could be used for moving subjects at that speed? Did you use aperture priority or shutter priority and which of the two is the best for in-flight captures?

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