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Vitelline Masked Weaver

Vitelline Masked Weaver
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-03 3:32
Viewed: 7419
Points: 10
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Vitelline Masked Weaver - Ploceus velatus

Descriptive notes.

14 cm. Closely resembles Masked Weaver but crown mainly chestnut with a very narrow black frontal -band. Male has forehead chestnut, crown golden-chestnut, nape yellow, remainder upperparts olive-yellow. A conspicuous black, mask with clear-cut edges enclosing lores, ear-coverts, cheeks, chin and upper throat. Underparts bright yellow, the lower throat washed with chestnut. Iris orange. Bill black.


Ranges widely and commonly, almost all habitats except evergreen forest and castal bush. Mostly savana farmland, semi arid scrub, often near water, but also in waterless Kalari and Namibia.
Frequents open thorn scrub.
Usually remote from human habitation.

Food and Feeding

Gregarious, foraging flocks usually 5-20 birds. Forages on ground or in trees, gleaning from bark and leaves, mainly seeds and insects..


Singly or in small colonies. Typical retort-shaped Ploceine nest of woven grass strips with a lining of grass heads. No visible spout. Suspended from branch of thorny or soft-leaved tree.
2-3 eggs, variable, usually pinkish or pale greenish-blue spotted and blotched with different shades of brown and lilac.


In Israel subspecies Ploceus velatus feral, record breeds in Yarkon River banks, near Tel-Aviv.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-03 4:08]

Superc capture, Elroyie!
What a beautiful little bird!
Excellent POV, nice eye contact, very sharp details, lovely colors, but the best thing in your picture, in my opinion, is the beautiful warm light.
Very well done!

Bravo nad TFS

Great shot though maybe could have been a touch brighter. Nice pose inthat eucalypt tree!!! Good sharpness and eye contact.

Excellent capture Elroyie,
Really like the color, exposure, and the subject stands out well from this BG..
Very well composed with excellent POV, sharpness, detail, DOF, and notes :) I did a quick WS..
Very well done.

Hi Elroyie

You have done a super job here. Very nicely composed, good POV and the depth of colour is spot on. Well done! :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-03 17:03]

What beautiful colors on this little bird, Elroyie.
I like his pose. Good POV.
Sharp details and great composition.
TFS. : )

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