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Lapwing Female

Lapwing Female
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-04-13 2:14
Viewed: 2980
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lapwing, or Green Plover, Vanellus vanellus

Swedish name: Tofsvipa, which means the plover with a crest.

There are several English names for this popular European species. Another English name is the Peewit, because of the sound it makes and another is the Lapwing because of the way it flies.

This is a female, her breast having a little white among the black, instead of the pure black of the male and the male has more black on the face. See a male in the WORKSHOP. He is more striking than the female, especially when the angle of the lighting makes the feathers more iridescent with greens and purple.

The green Plover is common in most of Europe and it is a permanent resident in the SW and the UK where birds from the rest of Europe over winter. It begins to arrive in Sweden at the end of February.

It nests in damp undisturbed meadows.
This was taken near the Southern tip of the island of Öland, famous for its migratory birds.

This was taken from the car at a distance of about 10 meters.
After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened using the unsharp mask mode and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Great shot!! Curious why you would convert from Raw to Jpeg tho. Ok off to check out your workshop! Really enjoyed this TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-13 2:28]

Hi Ivan,2 beautiful captures,on the water to take so well the beautiful reflections,and on the grass to take at the best the colors reflections on the plumage,very nice work and the usual super sharpness,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Excellent angle of exposure, Ivan. The plumage of the bird with the suggestion of overlapping layers of subdued iridescent colours looks beautiful from this perspective. The picture has a great appeal for me by virtue of the natural settings in which you have shot it.
Best regards.

Hello Ivan,
wonderful capture of this interesting bird with good sharpness and nice reflections on the water. I also like the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
We also have plovers here but I cannot remember ever seeing a crested one. Or have I been ignorant that we do have crested but not green plovers here? Very beautiful. Well done and best regards.

PS: Very good also that you did not do any post-processing....processing in RAW being processing and not post-processing.

Hej Ivan,
tofsvipan have arrived to your area, it's great. I have not seen
anyone yet, they use to early but.
I like your picture very much, low POV, well composed and with nice and natural colours.
The reflection is a fine bonus.
Well done, mf.

Trevlig Helg.

ps. vi kommer nog ned till Öland den första eller andra veckan i Maj. Hoppas vi kan träffas dĺ.

Hi Ivan, Superb capture of this fine Green Plover my good friend, fabulous exposure/white balance, lovely colour tones, nice and sharp, good effort here Ivan and have a great weekend,
Best Regards,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-13 5:59]

Beautiful species both male and female captured well showing the colors of their wings, the female here drinking water shows some behavior, well made images. tfs.

Hello Ivan
Great capture of this beautiful bird.Wonderful composition,natural colors and fine details.I think a bit tilted to the left.Lucky You to have it on such short distance.
Thank You,
Kind regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-04-13 7:20]

Hej Ivan,
Fine work ..
Very nice photo of this Lapwing in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-13 8:01]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this Lapwing. Beautiful natural colours and great sharpness. Taken from a nice low POV. Excellent DOF and composition.
Enjoy your weekend,

hello Ivan
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
nice composition and the workshop picture are also very good

thanks greeting lou

Beautiful photo Ivan! Very good composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness!

Salam Ivan,

A beautiful capture with such lovely details, sharpness & natural setting. Very nicely done & TFS.

Have a great weekend & best wishes


Hello Ivan,
A Great sharp and detailed image of this Green Plover. First time that I see this interesting specie. As Neels mentioned we also have Plovers but not with this hair-do. Excellent colours tones and POV my friend.
Best regards,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-13 10:04]

Hello Ivan,
great capture of this Vanellus with beautiful ambientation and perfect POV; nice natural colours and lightness. Well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-13 11:01]

Hi Ivan.
You have pictured a pictorial scene. Surrounding (water and water plants). Main subject (cute bird) create altogether a wonderful composition. Details, reproduction of bird colouration are stunning as well as exposure of the image and WB. I am also impressive with 3D-looking of the image. Have a nice weekend,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-13 12:02]

Hello Ivan.
A superb image of the lapwing and of its reflection in the water, the photo has a very good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ivan. DOF is perfect here and very good natural colours. Excellent details and intrigant environment.


Hello Ivan.
There aren't many beautiful birds around my place on the ground. This lapwing has fancy headgear and such beauty under the light and reflection. Lovely details and artistic composition in this shot.
Thanks and have a nice day.

Hello Ivan

Photo shot at the best moment of the pose
of this female Lapwing, fine POV and framing,
great focus sharpness and details of the plumage, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Exceptional capture with superb clarity, details and very good focus. It is a wonderful composition with natural colors. The light, exposure and WB are great. This lovely birds have a very interesting and unusual flight falling from high to the ground with fast speed....
Thanks for sharing!

Bonjour Ivan,
Bonne valorisation du sujet dans une belle lumičre permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-04-15 20:39]

Hello Ivan,
this is an interesting capture of the lapwing. What I really like is its hairdo.
Very special and very unique view.
Nice simple shot with reflection as its exciting dimension.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-04-16 4:51]

Bonjour Ivan,
Un peu de retard pour commenter cette image naturelle et plaisante. Un oiseau qui a un plumage de grande élégance et aux reflets magnifiques. Intéressant aussi de lire la particularités de coloris des femelles et mâles.
Un belle semaine, pas trop pluvieuse, ŕ vous deux!

Preciosa Ivan. En mi zona los tenemos en abundacia... pero solamente hivernando; ya se fueron todos hace unas semanas hacia el Norte.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-04-17 12:30]

Hi Ivan,
nice and interesting bird (new forme), captured in excellent way (from the car...great!:))).
Perfect sharpness and splendid lighting. Very pleasant reflections on the water.
Also the WS version is excellent!
Congratulations my friend.
ciao! vanda

Hi Ivan,
I like the moment you recorded. The image is sharp and crisp clear. Very well done.

Hi Ivan,
Great composition, natural colors and other brilliant technical aspects, but which really sells the photo to me is the pose + the excellent exposure with good blacks and whites at the same time. Interesting image taken from an interesting angle. On the other side: the lapwing's head wasn't in focus enough and seems slightly oversharpened.
Tfs, best regards, László

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