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Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet
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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: 2007-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 9:12
Viewed: 3616
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here a colorfull bird we saw in satara restcamp on a rainy and clody day,the crested barbet wa just hammering in the wood,

Crested Barbet
The Crested Barbet is a small bird with a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, red markings on end of body, its colour blends well in the bush. They have a distinct shrill

Name: Trachyphonus vaillantii

Habitat: Forests, savannah, sub-urban gardens, woodland thickets and watercourses.

Distribution: Common all over Southern Africa.

Diet: Insects, other birds eggs and fruits.

Socialisation: Crested Barbets are usually found singly or in pairs. They hop around on the ground looking for food. They do not fly easily and then only for short distances. Crested Barbets roost in holes in trees. They are very vocal, the call being a trill that can continue for long periods. Crested Barbets are aggressive towards other birds in their territory and chase off both nest competitors such as other Barbets and other birds such as doves and thrushes.

Reproduction: Crested Barbets nest in a hole in a tree or a Sisal log in a garden. They are monogamous and territorial during breeding. Eggs are laid between September to December. 1 to 5 eggs are laid at daily intervals. Incubation lasts between 13 to 17 days, beginning with the second or third egg and mainly by the female. The young hatch naked and blind. They are fed insects by both parents.

Hope you like it and TFW

Matt-Bird, horia, ralfsworld, ellis49, JORAPAVI, Adanac, Juyona, SkyF, cedryk, IndonesiaWild, Tamrock has marked this note useful
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Quel acrobate ! Bel ensemble de couleurs complémentaires
Bonne journée.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-27 9:50]

Ha Paul,

Dit is een bijzonder eigenwijs vogeltje. Heeft een komische uitstraling. Hij doet het goed in deze houding tegen een donkere achtergrond. Vooral de diagonale lijn in deze foto doet het erg goed.


Hi Paul,
Clear and sharp image. The flash has really brought the barbets colours out well, nice shot.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-27 10:00]

Hi Paul

Another wonderful capture from you, my friend!
The contrast here between the highlights and the darker areas is terrific and very eye-catching and the pose you captured it in is also excellent.
Great details, lighting and diagonal composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

hi paul,
lovely capture, nice compositiom, the dark bg is in good caontrast with the bird, well saturated colours, nice pov, good dof, liked the framing too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Paul
Really cool bird well presented. Details & colours are nice.

Hej Paul
a very good picture of this beautiful bird.
Fine details, nice colours and very good DOF.
I like the composition too, the diagonal trunk looks nice.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-27 11:29]

Hello Paul,
This is a superb capture of a Crested Barbet with excellent sharpness, composition, BG and expert use of flash!
Nice to see!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Great to see such a shot from your visit to SA!

Hola Paul,
Bonita foto de este esquivo y bello pájaro, el detalle y la luz reflejada en el ojo es excelente. Saludos

Hi Paul,

This is a great image of a barbet. This picture demonstrates how strong there talons are when gripping onto the tree.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-27 13:18]

Hello Paul,
My education continues, thanks for the great note and superb capture of a bird I hadn't seen before. great details and colors allow a great view of this somewhat scruffy looking fellow.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-27 14:33]

Hallo Paul,
Behalve dat ik ook dit weer een juweeltje vind, verbaas ik me steeds over het prachtige gedempte licht dat in al je foto's terug komt.
Nergens vormt scherp zonlicht een belemmering. Nu ben ik ook maar een amateurtje, maar het maakt me wel nieuwsgierig.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-27 16:50]

Hoi Paul,
Great shot of the crested barbet, very sharp and colourfull, and your POV is great.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-27 17:19]

Hola Paul,
gran captura y magnífico trabajo,
original pose y bello pov,

Old bird Paul. Excellent coloured presentation
Picture is good arrected. well done. tfs. Stev

Excellent capture Paul! Great composition, nice colors, wonderful details and good DOF. Very well done and TFS!

bonjour paul
a premiere vue je pensais que s'etait un pic a cause de ses couleurs et de son plumage mais la tête ne correspond pas!
j'aime beaucoup la pose da cet oiseau que je ne connaissais pas.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-29 14:33]

Hi Paul,
now this one is different, I don't think I seen one of those before. Interesting what we can see and learn here on TN.
Very well captured. The POV is wonderful it gives us a nice view of the details in the birtds plumage. Sharpness, colors and the composition with the OOF BG looks great.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2007-03-29 23:37]

Beautiful bird well captured, great colours.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-03-30 10:18]

Hello Paul,

Wonderful picture of this unknown bird to me. He has the tail and the wings colors of a woodpecker and it is obvious to me here that birds came from reptile!!! Great bg and I like the diagonal formed by the tree... Excellent pov and composition!



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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-30 10:47]

Hello Paul,
Very interesting bird species. Great shot with good POV showing some behavioural aspect. I like your extensive and informative note too.
Best greetings and TFS!

I don't know about barbets at Kruger but in my neck of the woods (Indonesia) these birds are easily heard but not easily seen. I'm impressed! Nice composition and good sharp capture. :)

hello paul!
amazing bird and you show him
on a very nice way
sharp with fine exposure and
good composition
well done!

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