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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 1000, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-12 2:37
Viewed: 4418
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Northern Lapwing at Oare Marshes nature reserve. The picture was taken just before the sun set and the light was very low.

From Birdguides:

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

In: Northern Lapwing Ca: Fredeluga gregària Da: Vibe De: Kiebitz Es: Avefría europea Fi: töyhtöhyyppä Fr: Vanneau huppé It: Pavoncella Nl: Kievit No: Vipe Pt: Abibe Sv: Tofsvipa US: Northern Lapwing Ru: Чибис

Lapwings are easily identified wading birds, medium sized, black and white with white faces and a long upright crest. In flight, the floppy, rounded black and white wings make them unmistakable.

Breeds from the coast to the uplands on marshy areas and farmland. Winters on estuaries and farmland.

At nest site utters excited, characteristic 'pee-wit' call and performs acrobatic display flight. Once the male has decided on a nest site, he advertises it by bending down with his chest to the floor so that the tail sticks up to show his orange undertail coverts.

Complex patterns of movement within Europe, with some birds largely sedentary and others highly migratory. Generally birds move west or south during the winter, particularly if cold spells occur.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-12 2:52]

Hi Pekka,

Despite the low light it is a great capture of this lapwing and its reflection,
details are still very well seen,tfs


Hi Pekka,
An impressive and lovely shot of this pretty lapwing in a fine pose and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-12 3:52]

Hi Pekka
Nice capture, good details, i like the reflection of bird in water.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-12 4:09]

Hello Pekka
Lovely image with a fabulous low POV and nice natural colours. Lovely light, nice framing and a great reflection captured.

Best regards Siggi

Hi Pekka,
the lapwing is a beautiful bird and is one of the first bird
we see up here in the spring, Sometimes it arrive to early.
Very fine low POV, well composed with a nice pose.
You did well in the weak light, fine exposure and details.
Well done.

Salut Pekka,
This is a superb capture of a cute lapwing.
I like theeffect of reflection. Beautiful natural colors and good lighting.
Well done

hello Pekka

beautiful photography of the Lapwing, shot with fine POV, DOF
and framing, i love that you did not a big zoom on the bird
and you included all his reflexion on the water in the image,
i am writting that because some time on some images
i see that the bird is closer and the reflexion is cut,
i love much better like this with th bird a little bit from far
and with him we see all his reflexion on the water, TFS


Hi Pekka,
A beautiful capture of this nice looking lapwing. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Pekka
super composition
and very sharpness
good colours
i like this picture
greeting lou

Hi Pekka, A beautiful sharp close up & a lovely rippling reflection, the light & colours are both very good, & TFS, kind regards Wilson.

Wonder full grab of this Northern Lapwing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-12 10:53]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture of this Lapwing.POV,colors,reflections on water,3D effect and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-12 11:10]

Hello Pekka,
It's not easy to take a photo of a Lapwing in this way. I've tried it several times, but they are very shy.
So I'm admiring this photo. Excellent POV and very beautiful colours. Great sharpness. Nice reflection and composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-12 12:14]

Hej Pekka,
Excellent close capture of the Lapwing with a nice reflection in the water. A nice POV, sharp details and beautiful colours of the plumage. Very well done in spite of the poor light!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-12 15:16]

Hi Pekka,

A wonderful capture of this Lapwing and its complete reflection. The low light did not prevent you from getting a great shot. Beautiful colors - I love the various shades of the wings. Fine details of the face and feathers - his crest is marvelous. Lovely setting and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-13 22:47]

Hello Pekka,
Nice capture of a lapwing that has just got its winter plumage taken from a great POV as it stands in the water. Good sharpness and lighting and the reflection is a fine part of the image.
TFS and have a good weekend,

Well composed, great reflection captured Pakka.
Very good POV, DOF, detail, color, and exposure of the B&W plumage.
Nice shot!

Hi Pekka, wonderful composition with beautiful bird, fantastic reflections, good details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Pekka
Very good close up with clear and fine quality details of this Lapwing. Lovely mixture of colours and patterns of the plumage. It is a really pretty bird, and I like the arrangement of autumn colours in the plumage around the face, and the swanky crest. The reflection in the water is stunning and rounds of this very special image. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards


Another interesting bird. Again, I get to see a bird we don't get here in the central part of the US. Thanks for expanding my mind.

I love you detail your picture provides, especially the color of the feathers in the back. The reflection really sets the picture off.

Thanks - Bob

HI Pekka,
that's wonderful, this bird is so pretty and I like the "hairdress" so much.
Also a fantastic reflection in the water, excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-15 7:41]

Hi Pekka.
Nice, clean shot of a very cute bird and its mirror reflection in the water at so fine scenery. Sharpness of the image is excellent despite the rather long exposure tine. You managed to reproduce every feather and reflect its colouration precisely. I also like fine framing of the scene and perfect composition of the picture. My best regards and TFS.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-21 2:02]

Merhaba Pekka,
Her nekadar ışık koşulları sizi zorlamışsa da bu güzel kareyi kusursuz bir şekilde çekmeyi başarmışsınız. Yansımayla birlikte göze çok hoş görünen bir çalışma olmuş. Emeğine sağlık.


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