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Baglafecht Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver
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Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 61] (368)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 60D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-30 11:43
Viewed: 1992
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht) seen mostly in East, Central and West Africa has interested scientists on the evolution of species. There are eight subspecies of this bird from Nigeria to Malawi with each sub-species restricted to specific area separated and isolated from other sub-species by at least 1,000 KMs. Yet they share a common ancestor indicating that the isolated population must have been continuous once upon a time. Evolutionary scientists and climatologists attribute the isolation to the climate change that took place in Africa 12,000 to 18,000 years ago (http://safari-ecology.blogspot.ca/2013/01/common-birds-case-of-baglafecht-weaver.html ).
It was quite difficult for me to identify this bird. The interesting book “Birds of East Africa” by David Richards helped me to identify this as a female Baglafecht Weaver ( I wonder how it got its name!!) since it has a black head whereas the male has yellow crown. I found this on the banks of Lake Victoria at Bukoba in Tanzania.

It was on the top of a tree pecking at lichens. I am not able to make out whether it is holding a worm or piece of lichens.

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Hello Bala - Very beautiful picture of this "Baglafecht Weaver". I haven't seen this species picture after joining TN, most probably. In my leisure time, I watch members old picture and once I found this species in Peter's (PeterZ) "Ethiopia" gallery. Nice colour with splendid sharpness. I like its active moment with food in its beak. I always prefer a story behind a picture and here its present. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-30 14:33]

Hi Bala,the quality of this pic is absolutely perfect,a difficult location and backlight too,but not a problem to you as i can see,great exposure to show us this interesting yellow beauty not often seen on TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Bala
very good composition with beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Clear noise in back ground plz.Good work.

Hi Bala,
Beautiful bird (sharpness and colors are top notch), useful note, pleasant composition. The background noise is a little strong though - I advice you to use the free demo of Neat Image (www.neatimage.com). Many of us use this proggy as module of Photoshop and other softwares for TN-sized photos. Thanks for sharing this interesting bird on such a good image.
Best regards, László

Ciao Bala, great captyure of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors,fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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