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Banded Martin

Banded Martin
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-27 13:18
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Banded Martin ( Riparia cincta )

Status: The Banded Martin is an uncommon summer migrant to Southern Africa. Common in certain locations.

Habitat: Grassland and vleis near streams and dongas with vertical banks.

Habits: Usually solitary or in pairs; sometimes in small family groups. Non-breeding birds gregarious, especially on migration, up to 1000 birds together at times. Forages low over grassveld and vleis. They are more leisurely than other Martins, perches on telephone wires, fences and grass stems.

Food: Insects.

Source: Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa, Sixth edition.

I would like to wish all of you a peaceful and joyous festive season, and may 2006 be a happy and prosperous year for all of you.

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Perfect shot of this beautiful and pure look:))Sharpness,details,BG are great.Very similar to our Sand Martin.TFS and have a nice new year

That's a lovely bird you spotted there. It look likes a swallow in a way... I guess it is a fast and agile flyer !
All the best for 2006 to you too !

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-27 13:26]

Hi Jan Hendrik, you have a very sharp, clean picture here. Nice and simple, the best.
(Im planning to visit your country in march. Mostly kaapstad. I'm doing a lot of reading, I will visit some hospitals but like to practice with my camera also, if you have some suggestions?)
Thanks for posting. Reina

Hi Jan Hendrik

Unfortunately for me it is back to work, so I am sneeking this in while I sit at my desk and think of those enjoying their festive holiday. Nice work. Good POV and colours. Very well composed. TFS.

This is a fantastic capture, I like everything about this image. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-27 15:56]

This is lovely, Jan Hendrik. The composition is excellent, and the bird stands out clearly against the blurred BG. Very sharp details and perfect light. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-27 16:10]

Hello Jan, this is a lovely image. Details are great and the composition is excellent. Very well done.

Very good photo Jan,
In a difficult lighting situation with both dark and white feathers you retained all detail. Excelletn sharpness and composition. I like the fact that the bird is "hanging free" in the frame. The image would be less strong if the branch would run from bottom through the top. Excellent!

(Oops out of greenies today)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-27 17:30]

Excellente photo,l'éclairage et les détails sont parfaits.Félicitations pour la pose de l'oiseau et le Bg.

Merci et bonne journée.


Hi Jan Hendrik,
Superb composition and framing on this shot. The light here is perfect. The colors are soft and beautiful. Very sharp detail, and perfect DOF. Outstanding work!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-12-28 1:36]

Excellente photo Jan. La précision du post est remarquable.



Hi Jan Hendrik,
Excellent shot with sharp details,
the lighting and exposure are perfect.
Thank you and have a happy new year!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-12-28 15:20]

hi Jan....

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Graet POV and the DOF is very good, the bird stands out very well from the BG.
Great work.

I just drop in to wish you a Happy New Year.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2006-01-10 13:51]

Hi Jan Hendrik
This one is an absolute winner! love it, it has nevr bothered to pose for me - yet - will have to visit Rietvlei again!
Small nit 0 fade your USM - it is a bit too obvious - other than that, wish this one was mine!
Beste vir 2006 - dalkl moet ons saam by Rietvlei uitkom?

Superb capture Jan. I can't find a nit..
Perfect. A pleasure to view.
Thank You!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-18 22:45]

Jan, this is really very nice.

Excellent composition, pov and sharpness.

Lovely catchlight and pose; excellent bg.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-25 16:16]

Thank you, Jan Hendrik.
Sorry, I have no time these days to write complete comments.

I have not been to Rietvlei yet. Will try to get there next weekend. :)

This is very sharp and has a nice OOF BG. I have yet to get a shot like this. Very well done. I might consider cropping some of the space to the left. Maybe a portriat instead of landscape frame. It is a minor nit though.

Hi Jan,
Excellent capture and close up of this tiny bird, the composition, colors and light are excellent, the details are amazing. I think that is a great photo.


Great Portrait. I really like the Composition and sharpness and detail of ther pic. TFS,

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Very nice one. Beautiful bird and in superb pose. Excellent sharpness, BG and DOF. Nice light and colors.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-12-29 15:56]

Hi Jan. An excellent display of this small bird. I like the way it is entirely focussed and the background does not sidtract. Well presented. Murray.

perfect portrait, TFS Ori

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