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Architect, weaver, builder,...

Architect, weaver, builder,...
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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/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds, Weavers, Birds of Africa I, Birds of Namibia, Etosha National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-13 10:19
Viewed: 5769
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Economic recession? No way.
At least not for this yellow fellow. It's an African masked weaver with his nest under construction.

It's captured in Okaukuejo in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Capture time 13:45. Altitude: 1100m + 3m:-).

This is a male in breeding colors.
A male in breeding colors in Kruger National Park, you can find here

From wikipedia...Description

The Southern Masked-Weaver is 11-14.5 cm long with a short, strong, conical bill and pinkish brown legs. The adult male in breeding plumage has a black face, throat and beak, red eye, bright yellow head and underparts, and a plain yellowish-green back,
The female has a pinkish-brown bill, brown or red-brown eye and is dull greenish-yellow, streaked darker on the upper back. The throat is yellowish, fading to off-white on the belly. The non-breeding male resembles the female but retains the red eye. The juvenile of this species is like the female.
The call is a harsh swizzling, similar to other weavers. It also utters a sharp chuk alarm note.

The Southern Masked-Weaver nests in colonies, mainly from September to January. Males have several female partners, and build a succession of nests, typically 25 each season. The nests, like those of other weavers, are woven from reed, palm or grass. A female will line a selected nest with soft grass and feathers. The nest is built in a tree, often over water, but sometimes in suburbia. his weaver also nests in reeds.
The Southern Masked-Weaver is usually seen singly or in small groups. It may also form larger flocks, alone or with other seed eating species. It eats insects, seeds and nectar, and will come to feeding tables.

nglen, Miss_Piggy, robindb, eng55, uleko, cataclysta, pekkavalo1, marhowie, efsus, red45, Alex99, albert, haraprasan, bikefifty, Janice has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-13 10:24]

Hi Annick. I like the name you have given this picture of the Yellow weaver . You have taken this at a good time when we can see the start rather than just made. i like to see the way they weave the grasses. You have taken this with fine detail and bright colour. Well done TFS.

Hallo Annick
Great image with excellent detail, perfect colours and depth of field with not a hint of noise anywhere. Excellent framing and superb focus. The different layers of colours and markings in the plumage are just great. The composition and pose is stunning. I also fancy the reddish eye that you have captured so well. Thanks for sharing this delightful photo.
Best regards

hallo Annick
super scherpe foto
leuk om te zien hoe hij bezig is
zo mooi die kleuren
een plaatje
groetjes lou

Hi Annick,

Well detailed image showing this master builder in action. Good pose and composition. It is really fantastic watching these birds build the nest just using the beak to tie such intricate knots.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-13 12:28]

Hello Annick
You capture this bird with great details in a great moment and with vivid colors.
Well done.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-13 12:29]

Hi Annick,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,BG,colors,sharpness and details are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-13 12:51]

Hello Annick,
It's always very nice to see birds busily preparing their nests and this is really lovely! A nice action shot with great focus on the red eye and the lovely plumage. Grat sharpness, wonderful colours and very well composed.
Many thanks and enjoy the weekend! Ulla

Hi Annick
Architec in action Very ineteresting and beautiful shot. Nice moment, good sharpness, beautiful bird and informative note

wow amazing capture Annick !
wonderful colours and perfect sharp , fine details and nice composition ,
great POV ,
well done !

Hi Annick,
Excellent picture showing Southern Masked Weaver in nest building, good POV and composition, sharp fine details and brilliant natural colours.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-13 22:44]

Hello Annick,

It is very interesting to see how this bird is building the nest. You have taken the photo from a well chosen DOF showing well the bird and the nest. Image is sharp and good details of bird and nest can be observed.

Thank you for sharing,

hi annick,
nice moment capture, this weaver is busy preparing a nest , the blue sky gives nice bg colours, the colours are beautiful and the composition is pleasing,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-14 0:20]

Merhaba Dostum Annick,
Bu kuşu gerçekten orada olup, izlemek isterdim. Gerçekten de ekonomik kriz onları teğet geçmiş anlaşılan. Üreme döneminde hiç bir sıkıntı, onların yuva yapmalarını engelleyemez. Çok sevimli bir kareye imza atmışsın dostum. Detaylar mükemmel. Sevgililer gününde (Valentine's Day) çok hoş bir kare. Ben de sizin sevgililer gününüzü kutluyorum. Hoşçakal.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-02-14 1:46]

Haha, Annick - I like your note. Looks like recession didn't take place in Africa. Very nice looking developer building its new hoous. Or maybe it'll be house for rent? Who knows. Anyway, great picture - very hot, perfect for our European winter.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-14 4:12]

Hi Annick.
Wonderful shot. Both subject and colour palette are fantastic. The builder and its contrition are amazing. In our places we cannot meet them. And you have reflected the most impressive moment. Rich colouration of the nest and bird have been supplemented by delicate and fine BG perfectly. Bravo.

Hello Annick,
It's always interesting to see this hard worker in action !
Great photo

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-02-14 6:36]

its three in one,excellent shot

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-14 8:07]

Annick, Fantastic shot and a lovely lovely pose. Superb presentation. Nice colors and sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Annick,
A nice capture of this beautiful masked weaver bird. Excellent sharp details and very well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.


This is a beautiful capture of the hard working bird. I like the contrast of the yellow bird against the green nest. Good composition.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-15 14:11]

How wonderful to see the nest maker building his love nest for his missus.
He looks so intent and wants to build her the best he can - it is a great capture Annick

Awesome shot Annick!
TFS & Cheers

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