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Northern Red (Orange) Bishop

Northern Red (Orange) Bishop
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-24 3:24
Viewed: 6950
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Northern Red Bishop or Orange Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus) is a resident breeding bird species in Africa south of the Sahara Desert and north of the Equator. It has been introduced to Puerto Rico, Martinique and Guadeloupe in the West Indies. It was formerly regarded as a subspecies of the Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) of the southern half of Africa. The two are now usually classified as separate species.

This common weaver occurs in a range of open country, especially tall grassland and often near water. It builds a spherical woven nest in tall grass. 2-4 eggs are laid.

The Northern Red Bishop is a stocky 13-15 cm. bird. The breeding male is scarlet apart from his black head and waistcoat, and brown wings and tail. The conical bill is thick and black. He displays prominently, singing high-pitched squeaks from tall grass, puffing out his feathers or performing a slow hovering display flight.

The non-breeding male is pale yellow-brown, streaked above and shading to whitish below. It has a buff supercilium. Females are similar, but smaller. Young birds have wider pale fringes on their flight feathers.

The Northern Red Bishop is a gregarious species which feeds on seed, grain and some insects, all the time making a thin tsip call.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-24 3:47]

Hello peter,
A fine frontal-view capture of a male Northern Red Bishop in strikingly coloured breeding plumage. Well composed among the acacia foliage with which it contrasts well in this sharp image.
TFS this beauty,
Best wishes,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-24 3:48]

Merhaba Dostum Peter,
Bu ne kadar süslü ve güzel bir kuş böyle. Kırmızı ve siyah renklerin bu kadar yakıştığı başka bir kuş görmedim. Üzerinde bulunduğu ağaç da mukemmel bir kompozisyon oluşturmuş. Seyredilmesi büyük zevk veren enfes bir kare. Emeğine sağlık. Yeni karelerde görüşmek dileği ile. Hoşçakal.


Hallo Peter
Great photography. Every little detail is just great. The strong colours of the feathers are really eye-catching. I love the pose of the bird, showing the red breast feathers that give the impression that the bird is wearing a bib. Details are sharp and the green leaves of the tree highlights the warm colours of the Bishop. I fancy the shiny black beak. A fine composition, perfectly framed and put together into a lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-24 6:14]

Hello Peter,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Sharpness,details and colors are excellent.
Very well done .TFS..

Ciao Peter,
bellissima cattura di questo uccello che emerge in tutto lo splendore dei suoi vividi colori fra le foglie di acacia, eccellente nitidezza.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-24 7:17]

Hello Peter,
The thumbnail really caught my eye and when I opened it I was not disappointed. The brilliant colors of this species along with great detail make this a standout, thank you Peter.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-24 8:10]

Hi Peter.
Simply fantastic colour palette of the shot. Every colour tone is clean, rich and fine. Pictured scene is sweet with great DOF and details. Exposure is spot on too despite absence of sunlight. Perfect job and my kind regards.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-24 8:24]

Hi Peter,
Lovely capture of this bird.Colors,conrast,POV,catchlight in eyes and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-24 10:10]

Hi Peter,

I can always count on you to introduce me to a new amazing bird. This Bishop is absolutely striking with the wonderful red and black face and plummage. The details are marvelous showing off the textures of his feathers. He looks stunning perched on those lovely green leaves.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-24 10:37]

Hi Peter
very nice colors of bird
very nice image
well done.

Hallo Peter,

mooie foto vn deze mannelijke wevervogel.
Prima kleuren en eens een andere pose van de vogel.


Ciao Peter, splendid bird with fantastic colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-24 12:33]

Hola Peter,
preciosa captura,
bello pose y colorido...
excelente pov.

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Northern Red Bishop with very good pose and composition, sharp details, bright natural colours and nice BG.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-24 15:31]

Hello Peter,
What a beauty this little bird is.
The red and black colors offer a striking contrast,
especially against the pretty green fronds with the delicate little leaves.
An interesting POV.
TFS. : )

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-24 16:21]

Waaw Peter,this is fantastic! This black and red bird in a green background is one the best pic never seen on TN this year,simply great!! My best compliments and thanks to show us this beauty of nature so perfectly,have a nice day,Luciano

Ahhhh... what a cute and colourful bird Peter. A novelty for me indeed. Details sharpness and composition are perfect.
TFS and cheers,


hello peter,
fine capture of Northern Red Bishop, the colors look great, the pov is god and the composition is nicely done, the branch adds to the beauty of the shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-24 21:57]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful birdie with such gorgeous colours on its plumage. It stands out so well from the greenery and the image looks very attractive. Excellent composition.

Peter, I just can't express in words my sense of wonder and joy while I look at this marvellous picture of a beautiful bird I have seen for the first time.
The green acacia leaves enhance the brilliant colours on this bird.
The frontal POV is inimitable.
Thanks and regards.

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  • albert Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
  • [2008-11-24 23:41]

Hello Peter,
Great photo of this beautiful bishop, colours are strong but natural

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-25 11:24]

A fantastic bird my friend! Well done Peter, the details are crisp and the exposure is very well done. The composition is fine and the note is very interresting, thanks!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-25 11:32]

Hi Peter. This very colourful bird looks like its been hand made. I love the texture in its feathers. which you have taken with good detail and rich colours. and a nice pose sat up in the tree. well done TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-11-25 15:39]

Hi Peter

This little passerine bird I can't remember seeing before,
so thanks for the introduction.

A lovely capture showing great details of this male bishop showing
its splendid breeding colours. The appropriate aperture selection took
care of a wide enough DOF to cover the full range of the subject. Although
not much OOF the green leaves of the acacia provided an attractive and
complimentary BG and the exposure ensured eye-catching colours and lighting.

Well done and TFS.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-25 21:44]

Hello peter,

This bird is looking very special due to it's beautifull colors. You have rendered them very well as colors look well saturated making a strong contrast with the green leafs arround. Image quality is very good shaowing fine details on bird and plant.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-11-25 22:54]

Une belle bavette pour ce charmant oiseau.
Bonne journée.

Hello Peter, great shot of these beutifully coloured bird with nice DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and greetings,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-26 1:20]

Hello Peter,
This is such a fabulous bird and it looks great against the leafy background. Excellent capture showing fine details and lovely colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter,
Striking color with great exposure, detail and DOF..
And F/11 has brought in those fern-like leaves, they make for excellent natural framing :)
Very nice!

Hello Peter,

Excellent capture.
Nice colours with beautiful details.
Lighting and composition are good.

Hello Peter,
very beautiful species, with red and black plumage. and you captured it with a great shot on green acacia foliage. Great POV, focus and composition. eyes contact also very nice. I like such colorful birds very much. maybe somebody also and they introduced it to America. thanks for sharing this beauty. gutten nicht

Hello Peter

I don't know how you do it,you are amazing.
What a lovely capture of a brilliant creature.
The foliage of the tree is beautiful too and makes a terrific setting.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The details and colours are fantastic.
Great job.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-29 4:31]

Hello Peter,
This bird really wears well is name! And its pose is very noble too. I like the way you took the picture, leaving quite a place to the very beautiful leaves in the middle of which he poses so well.
Again a very interesting posting.
Thanks a lot

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-29 5:34]

Hello Peter
Another wonderful shot of a colourful bird. Details and compo very beutiful.
TFS and G's,

Hi Peter,
this bird is beautiful, the red feathers are so brilliant.
Excellent shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-12-01 13:16]

Hello Peter,

Beautiful presentation of this colourful bird perched in an acacia tree. Excellent sharpness. Good light and splendid vivid colours.

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