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Red-billed Buffalo Weaver

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
Photo Information
Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 5, Kruger National Park 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-16 23:35
Viewed: 9423
Points: 56
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Red-billed Buffalo Weaver / Bubalornis niger

The Red-billed Buffalo Weaver is the 4th in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park, which I am currently sharing. Enjoy!

This bird was photographed in front of the bungalow where stayed in the Satara campsite. It was pecking around on the ground together with various other birds like the Crested Barbet, Red-billed Hornbill, Cape Glossy Starling, Dark-Capped Bulbul, a variety of doves and some House Sparrows. There are always plenty of bird life around the bungalows and the birds you find in the camp are very use to humans and will even come as close as the veranda where one is sitting having something to eat or just relaxing away from the hot sun.

This bird is not one of the prettiest I have seen or managed to capture, but has it own unique qualities, one being its robust red bill, hence its name and its sturdy built. What fascinated me time and time again about this bird were its paws. It is rather thick set and flat, and comparatively large in proportion to the rest of its body. I have extensively searched the gallery and couldn't find any previous postings of this species. I think it is a TN 1st and so I've added it to Loot's theme for "Rare or Significant contributions to TN".

The Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Ploceidae bird family group which includes birds such as Weavers, Queleas, and Widow birds. It is also known as the Buffalo Weaver. It is neither endemic or near endemic to the Kruger National Park, it is however a common resident. The height of the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver is about 24cm and its weight is about 80 grams. The male has physical features that are different from the female bird. The bird is mainly black with white wing patches. The bird is common and seen throughout the Park. In flight, it might be mistaken for Pale-winged Starling but the chunky red bill should eliminate confusion.

Feeding Habits
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten. This bird attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten. The Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs also eating fruits and seeds.

Breeding Habitat and Nesting Habits
The Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous). They breed communally, making untidy masses of sticks in large trees or on electricity pylons. The preferred habitats for these birds are woodlands. You will normally see them in flocks and they have communal nesting areas in larger trees. The nests they build generally face north or north east away form the prevailing winds. They can thus act as a type of navigation beacon on cloudy days. This bird is usually seen in family groups or in large flocks.

Names of this avian species in other languages
Afrikaans ... Buffelwewer
German ... Buffelweber
Portuguese ... Tecelo-de-bico-vermelho
French ... Alecto bec rouge
Dutch ... Roodsnavel-Buffelwever


I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-16 23:51]

Hi Anna,
It's a Beautiful capture.I liked details on black feathers,cross framing and 3D effect a lot.Your notes are excellent as always.Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Anna! Mysterious black bird. Excellent topic. Very good note. Perfect capture. Original work. Well done!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-17 0:37]

Hello Anna
Another unknown bird for me. Thanks for sharing
Have a nice Sunday.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-17 0:39]

Hello Anna,
again we have a rarity. Since I have never seen such bird.
A wonderful capture with very good fit.
Do you want a wonderful weekend,

P.S. I hope you like dedication that you have provided.

Ciao Anna, my today neighbour, splendid capture of lovely bird in great pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna, as you say, he probably isn't the prettiest bird we've seen, but he sure has a great personality, which you have captured to the hilt. I love the glossy plummage and that red bill. Look at the way he's posing, he owns the place. Even his name is cool. TFS and have a lovely Sunday, Lisa

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-17 1:44]

Hello Anna,
By far the best and most beautiful photo of this species I've ever seen. Fantastic colours and very good sharpness and details. Very nice pose, POV, eye contact and contrasting BG.
I can't see the result of the flash.
TFS and regards,

Hi Anna,

Incredible close-up capture of this cute Buffalo weaver in a fine pose MF.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

Ps. sorry i could not write detailed comment since i had a heavy influenza at this weekend!

hello Anna,
fine subject well photographed from good POV, with your characteristic output in colours and rich sharp details, good presentation and notes!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-17 3:59]

What a great bird is this lovely Bubalornis niger!
Very well done the colors and the details.

Very good photo, Anna. It would have been perfect if it had a glint in the eye, but one cannot always have everything. Is it possible to get a bit more feather detail in the black areas? This, of course, is on of Africa's Small Five. Overall, a very good close-up of this bird, you were fortunate to see one so close. Well done!

Hi Anna,
this shot is excellent and you captured a lovely bird here. Interesting beak and feet - in orange and so strong.
It realy was a nice model for you and posing so nice. I like it very much, thanks.
Enjoy the sunday
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Interesting beak and feet of this bird!
Nice capture.
Best regards.Alin.

hello Anna
great sharpness picture of this bird
great big feet
i like this picture
great details
greeting lou

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-17 8:47]

Hello Anna, wonderful shot with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Hello Anna, superb shot of this cute bufalo bird (is this one with symbiotic with bufalo?) with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Anna,
Very good colours and details. A lovely capture with excellent sharpness and clarity.
Nice shot.

Hi Anna,
This is such a beautiful image of the Red Billed Buffalo Weaver!
I love the detail, sharpness and color. Very well done and thanks for sharing. Have a good night.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-17 14:54]

Hi Anna

Great shot of this striking bird - I don't think I have ever got remotely close enough to one to get a shot this good.


PS I am emailing you

Hi Anna

Very good capture and composition for you red-billed buffalo weaver. Does it not also have the name because it is found on buffalo?

Very interesting note with your POV and good data for bird-lovers.

You also managed excellent detail on the bird with a good exposure to illustrate beautifully what has been said.

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-18 11:19]

Hello Anne,
Excellent photo of this Red-billed Buffalo Weaver. Sharpness, details, colours and DOF are fantastic. Very good pose and great composition. Best regards Siggi

Hello Anna,
Its difficult to believe that you are taking photographs of these birds & animals with cybershot. They look DSLR variety perse their richness in the subjectís details & sharpness within the frame of reference. TFS

Dear Anna,

Extremely wonderful photo and useful note of a bird which I've never seen before. Great exposure and colors. I don't agree with the opinion this isn't the prettiest bird - by my opinion every creature of nature is pretty except for mankind (overall). Incredible "this-is-my-territory" pose, while photographically a second to none capture. Bravo Madame.

At the same time I'd like to say a big thanx to You for all the in-depth and useful critiques You used to write about my fungi shots. It's fantastic to know there's someone living so far from me, but she likes my "models" as much as I. This is what's called "TrekNature-spirit". Persons like You are the ones we're here for.

Friendly regards from the European winter, LŠszlů

hello Anna

excellent close-up photo of this Southern African bird,
with fine low POV, fine DOF, superb focus great sharpness
and details, you managed very well your camera to obtain
details of its dark plumage, TFS


Hello Anna,
a very beautiful capture of the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver taken with superb sharpness in a great pose on the ground, i like the grazing lighting, splendid warm colours, excellent low POV and close composition.
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-24 16:38]

Hello Anna,
A wonderful photo of this beautiful bird that you encountered while at Kruger. I must say the very first thing that caught my eye was it's large feet and stout looking legs. With legs like this he could be a running back for any football team.
You managed to capture fine detail and excellent exposure in what appears to be very sunny conditions. I'm not sure if it is reflection or just the angle of the shot, but he seems to have some orangish coloring on his breast.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-25 7:21]

Hello Anna,
During our absence I missed out on some of your shots.
This fine capture of a Red-billed Buffalo Weaver caught my eye. The sharp details and colours make this a fine portrait taken from an excellent POV against a contrasting sandy BG. The side lighting is just right too.
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Anna
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver is very beautiful passerine bird. It has large feet and bill. Probably I have seen it firstly. I enjoy to see it with your great shot. focus, exposure, eyes contact and composition very nice. also colors.
Thanks for sharing, have a good night

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