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Blue Waxbill

Blue Waxbill
Photo Information
Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM, Tiffen 77HTDUC Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-02 9:56
Viewed: 4079
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During our August/September 2011 holiday in Etosha, Namibia we moved from the camp Okaukuejo to Namutoni the last camp. Due to the corrugations on the Park roads and pulling caravans, we decided to exit the Park and travel by tar road to the Namutoni gate. This way we could replenish our supplies as well. Unfortunately my vehicle broke down and we had to spend two nights in a caravan park in Otjiwarongo. What a frustration!!! Fortunately for me I stumbled upon this little fella while wandering through the caravan park. I knew the speed was slow for a free hand shot but I think my gambling paid off.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.
Best regards,

Blue Waxbill {Uraeginthus angolensis}

The Blue Waxbill is a small, slender powder-blue bird, smaller than a sparrow. The bill is short and conical and pinkish-grey in colour. The crown, back of the head and back are light brown.

The rump is light blue and the face and upper breast are light blue. In the male the underparts, save for the belly centre and undertail coverts are bright sky blue. In the female, the blue extends only onto the breast and flanks, and the belly is off-white.

Quick Facts

Name: Uraeginthus angolensis

Distribution: Common all over Southern Africa.

Habitat: Woodlands and grasslands with shrubs.

Diet Description: Insects and seeds.

Size: 12 cm

Usually seen in loose parties, or in pairs when breeding, they are often in the company of other small seed eaters. Fly into the nearest tree when disturbed

They breed mainly from December to May. The nest is a small round ball with a short spout like entrance on the side. The nest is built from green, flowering grass stems.

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Hi Carl,
perfect point of view. AMazing colours. Very good composition.
A lot of details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Carl,
great to see a wonderful post from you again. I was chasing this little fellow unsuccessfully for a long time, but you did it so flawlessly here. I can hardly imagine more beautiful color combination for a bird to be honest ...simply spectacular play of nature! Brilliant white balance great depth and complicity ..bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Carl
good colors and lovely pose, almost perfect
however 2 things could be improved
a daylight flash would have brought a lovely catchlight in the eye
at f/10 the bg is a bit to present imho
but this IS a lovely picture

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-02 11:32]
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Hallo Carl,
Prachtige foto van dit 'Gewone Blousysie' of 'Angolees Blauwfazantje' in het Nederlands. Fantastische scherpte en mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Erg goed is het lage standpunt van waaruit je de foto gemaakt hebt.

Bonjour Carl,
C'est très beau dans une splendide lumière qui fait resplendir d'étonnantes couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-04-02 12:19]

Hello Carl,
What a gorgeous little bird in fabulous blue colour. I like your low POV and the sharp details. Very nicely framed too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi Boet,
I think it's an excellent image despite what you say. These are birds that don't normally sit still for long and you've managed to capture it superbly with great detail and POV. Great notes.
Well done Boet.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-02 14:12]

Hi Carl,how are nice the colors of this little friend! Magnificent close-up whit impressive plumage details and very nice position too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Beautiful bird Carl! Beautiful photo too. Wonderful colours and great sharpness.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-02 22:34]

Bravo, Carl.
It is great clear picture. I am impressed with magnification, brilliant details of the cute birdy, superb use of DOF and achieved 3D-look. Lights and natural colours are also amazing. Well done and TFS.

Hello Carl,

A very detailed photo of this blue brown bird. Nice eye contact & eye-details. Proportionate DOF.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-04-03 0:00]

Hello Carl.
Lovely capture.I liked POV,vivid colors,details,simple BG,and composition a lot.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Carl, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-03 4:40]

Very cute bird with interesting colors, fine capture. tfs.

Hello Carl,
A very good captured of this lovely bird, wonderful colours, excellent clarity and great composition,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Carl,

Hope you are well. I am so glad to meet you, pleasure is all mine....smile. Thanks a lot for commenting on my White Arab butterfly photo, stand obliged. I have come to return thanks....this is an elegant bird you have photographed here, the colours are so exquisite and the combination of light blue with grey is amazing indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing a superb shot friend.... hope your sister is doing fine, she is a great lady....take care...warmest regards to both of you.....Abid

Hello Carl,
This bird has very interesting and unusual colors. Very nice photo with fantastic details of the plumage. Perfect WB and clarity....

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-08 14:13]

Hello Carl,
splendid image and great POV; excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours; perfect light and nice eye contact. Very well done!

Hello Carl,
Just beautiful. Fabulous colours. The mauve colour of the beak is particularly interesting. Wonderful pose and very good POV. Well done my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-13 11:26]
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Hello Carl,
A superb capture of a Blue Waxbill.
The low POV is great for the pose, taken with top sharpness and good DOF to show this little bird well against the busy OOF ground. The cxomposition couldn't be better too.
This species seems new for TN. If so congratulations!
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hi Carl,
I know its not so easy to take such good photos of the smaller birds. They are so fast and leave you little time to react. Well done with a splendid photo!
Kind regards
Dankie vir jou insetsel. Ja, ek is ook 'n 1952 outjie.
Treknature is ook een heerlike ding in my lewe, soos jy weet het ek ook maar die ander dag die webwerf ontdek. Jy is reg, ek leer net so baie van die ouens se kommentaar en dit is regtig waardevol.
Ek het nie een van daardie "groot" kameras nie, maar geniet die vryheid met my superzoom, dat ek nie met 'n sak lense hoef te stap nie.
Ons is ook stappers, kampers en deesdae het ek ook so 'n ou 4x4 Condor by my swaer oorgekoop waarmee ' ons darm ook op die meer eksklusiewe plekke soos die Weskus kan kom. Die natuur is wonderlik!
Maak 'n draai as jy in Melkbosstrand se rigting kom.
Vriendelike groete

Hello Carl

The Blue Waxbill it is a beautiful bird,
excellent close-up photo with very fine low POV,
beautiful eye-contact from the bird, TFS


Dear Carl

I am delighted to see such a good photo of a Blue Waxbill!

I have been living in the Lowveld since 1989 and have not one good capture. They love our feeder and the bath, but do not appear to be able to stand still for more than a few seconds...

Even the videos are disappointing, because I do not follow the birds' movements fast enough.

Congratulations on a fine photo,
Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam,
Ingrid Shaul

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