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Lilian's Lovebird

Lilian's Lovebird
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Colourful Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 11:43
Viewed: 4969
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I was in Malawi in Liwonde National Park I have seen them, but was not in the case to make a good photo of them. In Avifauna, the birdpark, I had my chance.
The Lilian's Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae), also known as Nyasa Lovebird, is rare and endemic to Malawi. Often mistaken for Agapornis fischeri but are smaller in size, and lack the olive-green hood and the blue lower-back of the Fischers. Nyasa species is one of the least studied of all lovebird species. There have not been any previous ecological and field studies of this species but there is a new Research Project conducted by Research Centre for Parrot Conservation (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa). This study represents a very important step towards defining Nyasa Lovebird ecology and conservation.

The Nyasa Lovebird currently inhabits Liwonde National Park (LNP) and a few cluster groups occur in the surrounding forests outside LNP. Its distribution is rapidly becoming restricted to LNP because their feeding and breeding habitats are being exploited over for agricultural purposes. The extent of habitat loss outside LNP has not been determined scientifically although remaining habitat outside the LNP are fragmented Miombo Forest Reserves. Liwonde National Park is located in the southern region of Malawi, which has the highest human population density in the country approximating 100-115 inhabitants per kmē (FAO, 1997). LNP is greatly impacted by population growth and agricultural activities than any other national park in the country. Recently, cases of Nyasa Lovebird poisoning have intensified although it is not known why poachers are poisoning the birds. Nyasa Lovebird Researchers assume poachers mean to poison larger mammals and Lovebirds fall victims.

Nyasa Lovebirds have proved to be a difficult species to rear in captivity. Many breeders worldwide struggle to breed the species.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-31 11:50]

Hello Peter,
Magnificent capture.POV,contrast between BG and bird,vivid colors,expression on face and use of backlight are excellent.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-31 13:45]

Hello Peter, beautiful Lovebird, the POV, and composition are fantastic, nice pose too. congratulations in a fine capture...

Very nice contrast of the brilliant color of the bird on the dark background, beautiful image with a good light, sharpness, composition and color.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-01 11:11]

Hi Peter,

What an adorable face and expression. Beautiful colors and nice details. Shows off so well against the black bg.


Very colorful bird, well taken, nice detail.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-02 3:32]

Hi Peter,
Colors and the pose is so nice. I liked the composition, POV and the way you managed the exposure. TFS.

Beautiful capture.
Perfect control of the light on the bird. Yet some overexposure on the branch (which is actually not too disturbing)
Beautiful counterlight effect.
Brilliant saturated colors.


Hello Peter,
In your notes ... "In Avifauna, the birdpark, I had my change." I'm sure you meant to say: "In Avifauna, the birdpark, I had my CHANCE. "
What a lovely pet; but these fellows cannot mimic any sound. However, they are excellent at RE-PRODUCING.
Loved the dark B/G. Looks like the sun is shining on its head.
Keep smiling, Peter. It looks great on you.
Best wishes from Mario in Canada.
P.S. Maybe this week I'll post something ... anything!

Hello Peter

WOW ! great shot of this exotic bird, with fine POV, very beautiful
lateral light and coor tones, and that wonderful eye-contact, TFS


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