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Southern Masked-Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS, UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-29 0:59
Viewed: 2352
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ploceus velatus (Southern masked-weaver)

Distribution and habitat: Occurs across southern Africa even in arid areas, extending into Angola, Zambia and Malawi. It generally favours semi-arid scrub, open savanna, woodland edges, riverine thicket, farmland with scattered trees, alien tree plantations and gardens.

Food: It mainly eats seeds, fruit, insects and nectar, doing most of its foraging in small flocks, gleaning prey from leaves and branches, taking seeds from the ground and grass stems.
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Bon jour Bunyapon,
Belles couleurs sur une excellente lumière. Netteté parfaite.
Belle image

Hi Bunyapon,
The Southern Masked-Weaver is amongst the most interesting birds for photography and certainly my favorite. Love the simplicity in this warm scene and the perfect clean background. The bird pose is indicative and shows the elegance of its shape in the best possible way, I think. The image however is not sharp Bunyapon! If you enlarge it, you will notice this even further. Why f/10 when you do not need massive depth of field and this will reduce considerably your shutter speed at the given ISO? Perhaps 1/640s was not enough to freeze the bird and this was done in an expense of the detail ... well, Bunyapon maybe next time!
George Veltchev

Impressive focused red eye and intrigant warm tones. Lovely compo. very well done.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-29 5:40]

Hello Bunyapon,
very nice shot of this splendid bird with good depth, perfect focus and very good light.
Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-29 7:08]

Hello Bungbing,
Very nice photo, specially the matching colours of the bird with the colours in the background are very beautiful. Great POV and composition.

hello Bungbing
Great pose with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Bungbing,
a very nice and lively presentation of colourful Ploceus velatus taken from an ideal point of view to have head and chest an almost rectangular side view while the legs are spread in alert. Perfectly well isolated from a bright uniform background.
Can't complain about lack of sharpness. To me it looks reasonably good for a shot taken from long distance and probably a considerable amount of cropping from a much larger image.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

Interesting bird Bungbing! The sharpness is not the best but the pose of the bird, the composition, the BG and the colours are excellent.

Nicely caught, good background and colours. Good to see this interesting bird. regards yiannis

Hi Bunyapon,
Splendid picture for this bird. Details and lights are perfect. The pose of the bird is also very interesting.

Hi Bunyapon,

Very nice bird captured with great details.
I like the composition & the soft BG is nice. Well done & TFS.

congratulations for the picture Buny, lovely bird, excellent colors, focus and composition,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-29 13:06]

Hello Bungbing.
Excellent colors, Bg, POV, DOF perfect details, very crisp, Nicely composed and capture photo, I really like this POV a lot and the lighting.Best regards Siggi

Hello Bunyapon,
good capture of this beautiful bird with nice sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like the wonderful colours, the fine eye contact and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-29 15:59]

How is strange and nice this bird,a very good surprise and an excellent capture whit great sharpness and brilliant colors,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-29 20:38]

Hello Bungbing!
If this pic was mine, I would be very proud of it...So you can be very proud of yourself because your pic here is wonderful!Great BG and excellent lightness.Lovely POV ! Great eye contact! Well done! Thanks for sharing and also thanks for your short and interesting notes!
Regards from,

Hi Bunyapon,
What a great bird. Wonderful pose and excellant sharp red eye. Great background and perch. Very pleasing compostion indeed.

Hola Bungbing.

Magnifico disparo con un enfoque preciso,colores muy naturales y detalles excelentes.

Bonjour Bungbing,
Agréable valorisation du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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