Beauty in the Bush
|Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2)
|Date Taken: 2010-01-31|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-08-03 12:18|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|One from my archives. Not a good clear detailed photo but to me it was a beauty just to be able to take a photo of it. This was when we went for the first time to Tshukudu Walk with the wild. After we walked with the cheetahs we had breakfast at the lodge when I suddenly saw this beautiful bird amongst the other birds eating at their own restaurant.|
Enjoy and comments are welcome.
Long-tailed Paradise Whydah
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The name Long-tailed Paradise Whydah can also refer to the Exclamatory Paradise Whydah (Vidua interjecta).
The Long-tailed Paradise Whydah or Eastern Paradise Whydah, Vidua paradisaea, is a small brown sparrow-like bird of Eastern Africa, from east Sudan to south Angola. During the breeding season the male molts into breeding plumage that consists of a black head and back, rusty brown breast, bright yellow nape, and buffy white abdomen with broad, elongated black tail feathers up to 36 cm long (approximately three times the length of its body). Males and females are almost indistinguishable outside of the breeding season.
It is a brood parasite to the Green-winged Pytilia. Male Long-tailed Paradise Whydahs imitate the song of the male Green-winged Pytilia. The whydah chicks are larger and louder than the host chicks, so the foster parents will give them more attention instead of their own chicks.
Although difficult to breed in captivity because of their brood parasitic nature, these finches, particularly the males, are sold as pets in the United States and other countries. When breeding these birds in captivity, a single male is usually given access to multiple females and each female needs access to multiple active Green-winged Pytilia nests.
Widespread throughout its large range, the Long-tailed Paradise Whydah is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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- [2011-08-03 12:29]
Hi Natley,this is a beautiful and interesting specie,what a magnificent plums,it seem a wedding clothes...ehehe...very excellent choice of point of view and impressive sharpness,colors and light balance,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.
- [2011-08-04 19:20]
As you stated it may not be tac sharp, but WOW!!! what an awesome looking bird. The tail feathers are stunning to view and the coloring of it's plumage is beautiful. I have never seen this species of bird before and am thankful that you decided to dig through your archives and post it. Well done!!
I agree regarding the sharpness/focus, but never the less, to me a seldom capture. Great plumage, colours and note.