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Blacksmith lapwing

Blacksmith lapwing
Photo Information
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: 2007-10-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2, Vanderschelden's Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-06 9:06
Viewed: 4326
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 2...
(2/20) in Kruger...
Thank you for your critiques yesterday.

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.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS 5D

Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
280,0 mm
Image size
4368 x 2912
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
AI focus AF
Picture Style

marhowie, JoseMiguel, Jamesp, nglen, medio, Royaldevon, pierrefonds, jcoowanitwong, Debz, JORAPAVI, Luis52, XOTAELE, Argus, horia, uleko has marked this note useful
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Bel effet de miroir bien meilleur que ceux fait par photoshop.
Bonne journée.

Hi Annick,
A clear and bright image!
The straight POV let us admire the particular pattern of the bird's plumage with great details.
I like the composition made with the full reflection of the bird into the framing.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-06 9:48]

Hi Annick

Great shot of this Plover - very good detail. The relatively plain BG helps, whilst the reflection is excellent.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-06 10:24]

Hi Annick. What a fine shot of this very nice looking bird one i have not see so thanks for posting. A very good refection in the water.your sharp focusing has given fine detail and natural colours.good light in the eye. a nice POV. very well done TFS.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-12-06 11:00]

for the reflection of the bird being partly rippled does help for it not to take away the focal beauty of the subject..
for me reflections are for landscapes and give double beauty
you got a really sharp eye and highlight..blissful feather detail and textures and water movements..

Hi Annick
Nice shot of this Blacksmith lapwing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-06 12:09]

Hallo Annick,
Wat een fantastische serie foto's heb je ons inmiddels vanuit het Krugerpark laten zien. En er komt (gelukkig) maar geen einde aan. Ook deze is weer topklasse. Heel bijzonder vind ik de reflectie van het water in de veren.

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-06 12:44]

Hola Annick,

Una gran imagen, la toma es muy buena el reflejo en el agua le da un toque excelente, muy buen encuadre el enfoque y el encuadre perfectos una foto preciosa!!!
saludos José

Hi Annick,
This is a very nice shot, Clean and sharp and the reflection is great.

Hello Annick,

This bird is new to me and you have presented it very well! Lovely sharp image with fine details of its plummage. The reflection is an added bonus!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Annick,

A nice image of the Blacksmith lapwing and of its reflection in the water, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Annick,
Seems like the lapwing is admiring his own mirror image!
A well composed presentation, the bird is captured with fine details in the plumage...
Attractive colours!
Pablo -

Very nice capture with the reflection. Excellent detail as usual. Strangely enough this bird, although very common in Southern Africa, is very seldom seen in water which makes your photo particularly interesting.

Hi Annick,
Nice shot. Reflection and water ripples make this picture very interesting. POV and composition are great.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-07 2:50]

Hi Annick, super clear and well exposed shot. Tones on whites and lighter plumage have great detail and sharpness. Fantastic reflection and soft ripples in the water. Very well presented.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-07 8:28]

Hello Annick
Very nice presentation.That reflextion of your subject in the water is excellent.
TFS Michel

Hola Annick,
Otra fantástica toma, bellísima composición con su reflejo en el agua y el ojo, gran definición, saludos
José Ramón

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-12-07 8:46]

Wonderful image with that reflection. Perfect work Annick.I love the catchlight in its eye. TFS
Regards Rose

Hi Annick,
Beautiful Bird and nice reflection. It is a lovely composition and class picture.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-07 15:28]

Hola Annick.- Otra bella foto. Exelente el reflejo en el agua. Muy hermosos colores y gran nitidez.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-07 19:55]

Hello Annick

This has a wonderful artistic look to it.
I think the lighting,colours and reflections come together to give this image an almost painting like quality.
The composition is well done,and the reflections are superb.
The water helps illuminate the plumage adding extra detail and definition.
The POV is excellent.
Great job.You excelled on this trip.


Hola Annick.
Una magnífica y clara imagen. Hermosa ave adornada con su reflejo. Una equilibrada presentación.
Buenos detalles.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-08 4:06]

Hello Annick,
I missed this superb capture of the African Blacksmith Lapwing.
Apart from the excellent technical qualities, the lighting is superb here. The colours and of the water and the refection make a superb BG as well in this great composition.
One of the best wader shots on TN!
Well done and have a good weekend!

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-12-08 10:17]

Hi Annick,
This is a very nice shot

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-09 12:28]

Bonjour Annick,

Superbe oiseau et parfaite composition.
Bravo pour la compo et les détails.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-10 13:42]
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Hi Annick

Trying to catch-up desperately with what i've lost :(
Again i find myself in a huge lack of time so i'll only refer to a couple of your magnificent shots in hope you will understand :)

Another fantastic close up and an outstanding composition created by this bird and it's reflection.
However, i think that there is much more to it than just that:
- i find the nice ripples on the water to be a great touch and addition for the picture
- also, fact that the bird is black&white (mostly) attract attention and even more brings it out in a very warm and nicely colored reflection of its habitat (in the upper part of the frame).
All these elements, plus the terrific details and excellent DOF make this one impressive shot, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-11 4:34]

Hello Annick, very nice shot of that beautiful Lapwing, it's really sharp, the light is beautiful and I love the reflections, thanks.



Wow! J'aime beaucoup cette photo, l'effet miroir est excellent, la capture de l'oeil est superbe, très bons détails dans le plumage. La douceur du background ajoute un + à cette magnifique prise. Bravo!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-13 6:07]

Hello Annick,
I thought I had already commented on this fine capture but now realize that I mixed it up with Loot's!! This is another wonderful view of the Blacksmith Lapwing. Great focus and very sharp details. Wonderful light and reflections in the water too. Excellent work!
TFS and regards,Ulla

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