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Cape Weaver

Cape Weaver
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-15 3:37
Viewed: 4903
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cape Weaver (813)

A large yellow weaver without a black facemask and with a pale eye. Size 17cm: A bit larger than a Cape Sparrow. Afrikaans: Kaapse Wewer

The bill is short, strong and conical, but longer and more pointed than that of other weavers. The Bill is black in breeding males and pale pinkish-brown in non-breeding birds. The eye of the breeding male is pale yellow, which stands out against the blackish colour between the eyes and base of the bill (the lores). The legs and feet are pinkish brown.

The male Cape Weaver in breeding plumage has a chestnut wash over the face, forehead and upper breast. This chestnut fades to yellow on the breast and belly. The back is dull yellowish-green with darker markings giving it a mottled effect

The female is greyish-green above and dull yellowish-white on the underparts. The breast areas are more yellowish, and the flanks are more greenish. It also has some darker streaking on the back. The female has brown eyes.

This weaver species is mainly a bird of the highveld and southern parts of the country. It does not occur in the lowveld, or dry karoo regions. It may be found in gardens in some areas, in farming areas, woodland, reedbeds and around copses of alien trees.

They eat insects, seeds, parts of flowers; pollen and nectar (especially from Aloes). Will readily visit feeding trays for bread.

The call is a harsh swizzling. It also utters a sharp chip, chip alarm note.

It nests mainly from August to October in the winter rainfall regions of the South-Western Cape , and later elsewhere. Males are polygynous (have more than one partner) and may nest at the same location as other males in a large colony. Males build several nests, which they then advertise to the females. The nests are typical weaver nests - made of tightly woven strips of reed, palm or grass.

carper, PDP, alainh, jhm, ellis49, RAP, nwoehnl, Robbrown has marked this note useful
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Ek haal jou aan: "Bliksem!" dis 'n goeie foto. The details are very sharp, the eye lively and you managed to retain the beak nicely with the dark BG. Nice informative note too. Thanx Japie.

very good capture here Japie,
The strong point from the photo is the great composition, with the fantastic colours, I love it, and a grate note, well, very good job you did here.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-15 4:26]

Lovely shot Japie, lovely colours especially the eye. The light is well ised too. Nice one.

bonjour Japie.
une sacrée lumière qui donne une bonne netteté sur ce bel oiseau. DOF parfaite. La note est tres bonne aussi

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-15 6:24]

Japi, deze Wever vogel zit perfect voor de foto, mooie kleuren en zeer scherp, mooi werk hier.
Japi, this weaver bird sit perfectly for the photo, beautiful colours and very sharp, beautiful work here.

Great Japie
Veru colorful , nice light and very sharp.
Good compo and good note
Good job

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-15 10:16]

Hermosa composicion Japie.
Desde la perspectiva y posicion del ave hasta el colorido y nitidez es una excelente captura.
Notas muy instructivas tambien.

Beautiful composition Japie.
From the perspective and position of the bird to colorful and the clearness it is an excellent capture.
Very instructive notes also.

Beautiful sharpness !
Colours are wonderful !
Nice done, Japie !

What a hairdo :-) Great colors and patterns in the plumage, and an interesting angle (even if you may not have had many other options to take it ;-). I also like the very alert-looking eye. Well captured, Japie, and thanks for the informative notes, too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-15 14:21]

One of our beautiful thieves - just try and grow a palm tree near these blighters and see what a lot job it is. Nice POV and details on him.

Beautifully sharp and clean capture of this little chap. The flash has been a bit harsh on a few of the straws, otherwise everything ship-shape ;-)

Very nice Japie enough detail to the suroundings with-out being distracting.
believe it or not I use to get one of these turn up with a flock of house sparrows to the bird table one winter, must of been an escapie from a collection.

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