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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark October 2008
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 8:57
Viewed: 5645
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the first capture of or kruger trip last weeks made in pretoriuskop restcamp,the picture was wrongly exposed but luckily shot in Raw so I could adjust it a bit,but after a long flight and drive the photographing skills were probably a bit lost,picture is made and metered against the light,it would have been better exposed when I had metered against the green bushes under the tree and would have locked the meter reading,anyway as I did not see this bird before on my previous krugertrips,especially not when doing their business,I wanted to share this upload,hope you like it,

The Black-collared Barbet

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 ...

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-11-11 9:19]

hi paul,
brilliant picture. lovely colours in it and good details.

Hello Paul,
First of all a very interesting moment again.
Secondly the focus is very good. I think that short shutter speed was necessary in this situation.
About the exposure issue you mentioned in your note:
I'm convinced it's very difficult to get the right exposure here. The contrast between the birds and the sky is just too high. And whether you overexpose or measure through spotmetering instead of evaluative metering, etc.. I believe the enhancement will be limited.
An editor isn't the solution as well..
That said..I'm quite astonished about the quality as you can see details anywhere in the birds...
So, well done...

Not used to this kind of birds. Good shot of this bird in a unsusual position. Are they fighting or mating?

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-11-11 10:19]

Hi Paul

Good capture os these two pretty bids..
I really like the pose of the birds and the colors of them.
Nice POV and DOF.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-11 10:53]

Hi Paul. In Reading what Annick has writen i agree with him . Its a very good well detail shot of the pair together taken in a difficult light. you have done well with this picture. TFS. Interesting notes too.

Hi Paul,
this moment is lovely and I like the shot.
Would be perfect if the light were on them and not only at the stick, anyway it's a perfect post today and I enjoyed to look at them, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-11 11:40]

Hello Paul,

You have shown well these interesting birds. Your photo has a sharp image as you have very well focused on the birds. Even if there might be some problems with the exposure the colors of the bird are well rendered.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-11 12:02]

Hallo Paul,
Wat een schitterende Afrikaanse naam weer. Klinkt veel beter an het Nederlands: Zwarthalsbaardvogel. Wel jammer dat het rood in de kop niet zo goed tot zijn recht komt. Want het zijn echt juweeltjes in kleur. Wel een prachtige actiefoto in uitstekende scherpte.

Very good shot of this bird.......

Hi Paul
A beautiful unconventional dynamic photo.
Best regards

hi paul,
harika bir zamanlama.

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