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Snug as a Bug

Snug as a Bug
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Copyright: Chris Neumann (chrisruth) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-06 4:28
Viewed: 4041
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-collared Barbet/Lybius torquatus

I took this photo while searching for this Barbet that landed in this tree. I almost thought I had lost it as I was sure where it landed but couldn't seem to find it.
As it was getting dark it didn't make things easier. Eventually it peeped out of this tiny hole it had made as a nest and I managed to get a shot.

Hope you all enjoy it and I hope to send you a full Barbet shot soon.

The Black-collared Barbet is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Lybiidae bird family group, which includes birds such as Typical Shrikes.

The Black-collared Barbet is known in Afrikaans as Rooikophoutkapper.
The Black-collared Barbet has a height of 20 cms and weighs around 58 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Lybius torquatus has a red coloured throat, black legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are red.
Feeding Habits
The Black-collared Barbet is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .
The Lybius torquatus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.
The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits
The Black-collared Barbet is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured white.
The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.
The Black-collared Barbet is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.
This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests
Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally

Post Processing done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 4

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-06 4:51]

Hello Chris,
A fine capture of the Black-collard barbet peeping out of its nesting hole. The hole looks hardly big enough to accomodate it! It is head is seen with fine sharpness and colours from a great POV. It would be nice to see the whole bird!
Thanks and best wishes,

Ciao Chris. You've fonded a good contrast and exciting bright colours. Very good focus on bird. Best complimets!


Hello Chris,
a very beautiful capture of the Black-collared Barbet, good sharpness and fine detail of the head, a nice composition with a good contrast of colours.
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-06 5:44]

Hello Chris,
This Barbet seems to have found a cosy place for himself! Perhaps there are some little ones inside the tree trunk too? The red colour of the plumage is quite striking and I like the way it is watching you with its sharp eye!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Chris,

The flash has been slightly higher than necessary. But the picture itself is a highly successful paper. Excellent POV to a very flashy. Good work and excellent note attached.

Greetings and thanks for sharing.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-06 6:45]

Hello Chris
A wonderful bird that is unknown to me.
Thanks for sharing

Waw...what a beautiful capture this lovely little bird head!

Hello Chris,
Fantastic photo of this Rooikophoutkapper (funny dutch name). You were there on the right place and the right time. Splendid colours and very sharp. Good composition.

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  • alin-m Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 472 W: 1 N: 126] (1773)
  • [2010-01-06 10:00]

Hi Chris.
Interesting and funny image.
Nice photo.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-06 15:20]

Hi Chris,

A wonderful shot of this Barbet peeking out of the tree and looking right at you. I'm trying to figure out how he got into that hole! The colors and details of his face are excellent. I love that eye.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-06 20:04]

Hola Chris: Una especie fabulosa en un momento perfecto a la hora de la foto...saludos.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-06 20:37]

Hello Chris,
A super photo even though you only managed to get a head shot. The bright vivid colors of this bird are gorgeous. Love the natural setting you captured him in. Wonderful detail and just the right amount of exposure. Well done!!

nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-08 2:46]

Hi Chris,
A simple and beautiful image.
An outstanding catch with some very beautiful colors and excellent details, congratulations ..
Have a good day,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-08 12:37]

Hello Chris.
A wonderful capture of this Black-collared Barbet out of his hole. His face is razor sharp with fine details and a wonderful eye. I like your composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-11 7:06]

Hi Chris,
great timing in this shot, excellent details and eye grabbing colours - well done!

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