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African masked weaver

African masked weaver
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds, Red Eyed Birds, Birds of Namibia, Etosha National Park, eliz's Favorites II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-10 8:15
Viewed: 6610
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This yellow fellow is captured in Okaukuejo. Okaukuejo is the main administrative resort in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
The counterpart of Kruger National Park's Skukuza in
South Africa.
I checked the Map of Etosha with illustrated animal and bird identification and figured out there are eight Weaver species listed.
I think this is the male of the Southern masked weaver.
The Southern Masked-Weaver or African Masked-weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa.

From wikipedia...

This weaver is very widespread and found in a wide range of habitats, including shrubland, savanna, grassland, open woodland, inland wetlands and semi-desert areas. It also occurs in suburban gardens and parks.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-10 8:19]

Hello Annick
Excellent capture, Very sharp details and wonderful colors.

Great focus, right on, with a narrow DOF
Great yellow on this green
Nicely slightly off centered
Bravo Annick

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-02-10 8:43]

Very beautiful and a different bird and wonderful colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-10 8:49]

Hallo Annick,
Oh, wat een beauty! De geringe scherptediepte in de foto werkt hier erg goed. De wever springt uit de foto. Prachtige focus op de kop. Schitterende kleuren en een erg leuke pose.

Hi Annick!

The delightful colours of the bird and the magnificent background make this picture an outstanding one. I like it very much, it's so colourful. Moreover, the bird's position is very pleasant and the blurred background highlights the rich details of it. But it's that superb yellow spot in the refreshing green that mostly attracts my eyes.

Kind regards


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-10 10:01]

Hi Annick,

The Weaver is beautiful and the picture is beautiful. An amazing looking bird wit wonderful colors. The expression on his face is priceless. Superb details of the face, eye, beak, wings and plumage. A marvelous pose on the tree. The setting and composition are outstanding.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-10 10:15]

Hi Annick, well done!
Very beautiful capture.I liked colors,DOF you managed,pose of bird and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-10 10:18]

Hi Annick. This is a beautiful lucking bird with the bright yellow featehrs, and the black face and large orange eye. You have tae this with fine detail and a good POV and DOF. I like the way you have just the bird in full focus. well done TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-10 10:30]

I have loved your portraits of mammals and I have to confess I even like more the portraits of your birds. This is beautiful, Annick, with a perfect dof right on the bird, wholly sharp. The colours are beautiful and I love the background with the leaves shaped like a fir. Thank you!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-10 10:32]

Hola amigo,
preciosa captura y buen foco y color...
saldos Annick

That's an amazing bird, Annick, the colour is so beautiful - this brilliant yellow, the red eyes, this black face, just fantastic, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-10 10:41]

omg ! stuning ! what a beauty !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-10 12:01]

Hello Annick,
Terrific capture of this gorgeous little Weaver in a lovely pose. The colours are stunning against the very beautiful background. Excellent sharpness too and well composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-10 12:17]

Ha Annick,

Hier ben ik ook geloof ik enige dagen gewwest,hebben ze hier niet een verlichte waterhole (s'avonds/s'nachts),dit is trouwens een mooie wever die je mooi hebt weten te portretteren,los van voor en achtergrond,


hello Annick
jeetje wat een mooie
zo scherp en de kleuren !!zo mooi
een super plaatje
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-10 12:39]

Hello Annick,
A great portrait of a male Masked Weaver. I like the pose and POV and it is well emphasised by the OOF almost misty BG of acacia. Good use of the low aperture!
Thanks and best regards,

Annick merhaba,hem çok güzel,hem çok çekici bir kuş.Rengi muhteşem,kırmızı gözü capcanlı bakıyor,ellerine sağlık :)

hi annick!
this i s a very fine bird and you
captured it in a very nice way
sharp and well composed
like the background to
good work!

great portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Annick,
Excellent capture of this beautiful African Masked Weaver; great POV, composition, sharp fine details, bright natural colours, working DOF, nicely blurred BG.

Hi Annick,
This is a very interesting looking species.
The head and colour scheme are quite unusual.
IS this related to the weaver birds of India ?
I remember the ones in Rudyard Kiplings 'Rikki Tikki Tavi'
Great shot.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-02-10 19:40]

Hello Annick,
Thank you for inquiring how I am, I have been struggling a bit lately as you can probably tell by my attendance here but things are improving.
Annick this is an incredibly beautiful species you show us here. That striking yellow plumage and black face is splendid. I am jealous of your amazing ability with a camera and your travels. For me I fear Africa may only be a dream now, buy living it through your images is an excellent substitute.
Thank you my friend.


Another perfect capture. The color combination is truly phenomenal. Great work! TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-10 20:27]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding shot of this great looking birdie with such lovely yellow coloured plumage and a black face. Very neat and sharp image with beautiful lighting. Very attractive image done with perfect POV and DOF. Very nicely composed.

Beautiful colortones Annick, the bird has that intense look about it..
That amazing red eye probably has a lot to do with it eh?
Very good detail, and this beauty looks great framed in green :)

Hello Annick,
A great capture of this masked weaver, nice compo and real colours
Well done

Hi Annick,
this picture made me smile ^^ The bird looks very funny and cute.
Great shot, one again ;)
TFS Tatjana

Hi Annick
It is beautiful. Delicate pastel colors in background and vivid yellow bird. Great effect with OOF leafs. I like it very much

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-11 14:42]
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Hi Annick

I'm again a bit behind on my critiques...sorry about that :(
This is another superb shot from you, my friend!
Once more i love the way you managed to used a shallow DOF that blurs both the FG and the BG leaves here, leaving just a few centimeter's of sharpness - where the entire subject is found.
The details and colors on this very beautiful African masked weaver are impeccable and the overall exposure parameters are spot-on.

Bravo and TFS

PS: I know you've voted for Italy, but if you can change your mind and are able to come to Poland (since most of the members voted for that) we'd love to have you and we'd really like to know your preference as for the period. Thanks again :)

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-12 1:17]

Merhaba Annick,
Bu ne kadar güzel bir kuş . Az kalsın görmeden geçecektim bu sevimli kuşu. Gerçekten çok başarılı bir sunum olmuş. Renkler ve kompozisyon enfes. Tebrikler.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-12 8:32]

Hi Annick,
yet another faultless shot from you!
This is very sharp and full of detail.
The vibrant-plumaged bird stands out really well.

Excellent work mf!


Hi Annick,
fantastic red eye this bird has and in it's way is like a negative version of my yellow head blackbird upload of today,without that great red eye however.It looks like it may of been raining at the time of the shoot for this capture and with the shutter speed so very fast I'm surprised that you didn't stop down more.The details are very mellow and there is a pastel softness the light has that looks just beautiful in my eyes.The exposure is very good and I see no overblown highlights.Thanks for sharing this interesting species with a nice glow to it. Bob

Hi Annick, beutiful bird with fantastic bright, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Simply stunning! Perfect exposure with a beautiful subject. I love the contrast of the plumage on this masked weaver that is so appropriatly named. Well done Annick! :)

Hi Annick. Wonderful exposure on this. The black face mask shows up in perfect detail. I wish the DOF was wider to see the branches better. The bird is perfect. Nice and sharp with great colours and details. You can even notice the rust corona. It's framed fantastically. I also like the catch-eye look. Very well done. TFS Trevor

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