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Southern Masked-weaver

Southern Masked-weaver
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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: 2017-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-12-18 3:16
Viewed: 1461
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Masked-Weaver or African Masked-weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa.
This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks.

The Southern Masked-Weaver is 11-14.5 cm long with a short, strong, conical bill and pinkish brown legs. The adult male in breeding plumage has a black face, throat and beak, red eye, bright yellow head and underparts, and a plain yellowish-green back,
The female has a pinkish-brown bill, brown or red-brown eye and is dull greenish-yellow, streaked darker on the upper back. The throat is yellowish, fading to off-white on the belly. The non-breeding male resembles the female but retains the red eye. The juvenile of this species is like the female.
The call is a harsh swizzling, similar to other weavers. It also utters a sharp chuk alarm note.

The Southern Masked-Weaver nests in colonies, mainly from September to January. Males have several female partners, and build a succession of nests, typically 25 each season. The nests, like those of other weavers, are woven from reed, palm or grass. A female will line a selected nest with soft grass and feathers. The nest is built in a tree, often over water, but sometimes in suburbia. his weaver also nests in reeds.

The Southern Masked-Weaver is usually seen singly or in small groups. It may also form larger flocks, alone or with other seed eating species. It eats insects, seeds and nectar.

Source: Wikipedia

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Nice one Peter ! Where the shot was taken ? Good Day my old friend from the distant past :)

Brilliant capture of this bird from South Africa, Peter.
Exceptionally sharp and colourful image.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-12-18 11:57]

Hi Peter,beautiful capture of this tiny yellow friend,great exposure of the difficult light and very bright colors too,another interesting species very rare to find on TN. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
Beautiful shot, excellent pose, composition, sharpness, colors and contrast. Breathtaking photo, one of your best ones. The size of the bird in the frame and the place where you composed them as the subject is second to none. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-12-18 19:08]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful capture of the Southern Masked Weaver. Posed in a way which shows off its lovely plumage colors and markings. Great eye contact and wonderful clean BG.

Hello Peter,
Always coming with impressive species.....What a nice colorful bird....Excellent image with high quality.

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic colors, perfect focus, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas and Happy new year, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,

A fabulous capture of the AFrican Masked Weaver. Gorgeous vibrant colors captured to perfection. Excellent sharpness & details.

Warm Regards,

Hi Peter,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Southern Masked-weaver. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Happy New Year 2018.


Very nice clarity, one can see every detail in the feathers. Such a beautiful pose! Well done. :)

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2018-01-11 11:09]

Hi Peter
Beautiful bird, excellent composition and perfect sharpness.


Hello Pete

Wonderful capture of this magnificent bird. The eye is he window to the soul. You caught it well


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2018-01-22 14:52]

Excelente foto com nitidez e cores muito boa meus parabéns.

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