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White-headed Buffalo-weaver

White-headed Buffalo-weaver
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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: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 7:29
Viewed: 5792
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The White-Headed Buffalo-weaver, dinemellia dinemelli,
is 18-19 cm.

Eastern Africa, primarily Ethiopia, northern Kenya, western Somalia and northern Tanzania. Found in dry savannah, open thorn scrub and acacia woodland.

Small and medium seeds of grasses and shrubs including acacia, small insects, and small fruits.

Usually seen in small flocks or family parties which sometimes include Superb or other starlings. Noisy and conspicuous when climbing about in trees. Reminiscent of parrots with their acrobatic manoeuvres and habit of hanging upside down. Can be very aggressive towards other species in territory, but altercations are usually vocal and seldom fatal. This species is monochromatic and monomorphic, making sexual identification difficult. Both cocks and hens are bold, so behaviour is not much of a clue, either.

Buffalo weavers nest in open, loose colonies. The nest is built high in a tree in a fork of branches. It is a large, rather untidy structure of twigs and coarse grasses, the short tubular entrance being on the bottom. Fine grasses and feathers provide a warm lining and both birds work on the construction.
Clutch size ranges from 3-5 eggs. Greenish white in colour, they are sometimes marked with red or brown spots and streaks are the cap end. Incubation lasts 14 days and the young, fed mostly on insects and small seeds, fledge in about 3 weeks.

Argus, uleko, CeltickRanger, siggi, septimiu_nemes, jaycee, nglen, bahadir, boreocypriensis, albert, haraprasan, Silvio2006, MMM, maurydv has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-09 7:32]

Hello Peter,
Another gem from you, this time a fine capture of a White-headed Buffalo Weaver. Nicely taken among the contrasting grass with good sharpness and from a fine POV that shows its features.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-09 7:44]

Hello Peter,
Another new species for me! A fine POV of this spectacular Buffalo Weaver clearly showing the beautiful hind plumage. Interesting note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hello Peter

excellent photography of this African bird,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Nice picture with great sharpness,good composition.

Anil Pinto

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-09 9:30]

Hello Peter,
A nice capture of this Buffalo-weaver,well exposed and portraited against a nice an natural bg,well done and tfs

Best regards Siggi

nice species in this photo , Peter !
wonderful colours and good natural light ,
great POV ,
well done !

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-09 10:38]

Hi Peter,

Another bird I have not seen before! An interesting looking one with the bright orange feather. Nice colors and details. I love the pose surrounded by the green grass and the composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-09 11:31]

Hi Peter. One more to add to the list of bird i have not seen before so thnks for posting. once again with a lot of birds unusual markings. With the white head with the red tail wing. Good detail in the feathers with natural looking colours. Interesting notes too. well done TFS.

Hello Peter
Wonderful shot of this colourful bird. TFS.

Hi Peter,
Very nice capture of this Buffalo Weaver; great POV, composition, sharp details and natural BG:

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-09 16:22]

Hi Peter, "White-Headed Buffalo-weaver" is very different and beautiful birds. Very good capture. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Peter, Good Morning MF!
An lovely and fine capture of a beautiful bird which i did not see before.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Peter,
A great capture with fine details of this White-Headed Buffalo-weaver.
Never seen before

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful Buffalo Weaver. Excellent composition and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Peter, beautiful bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-10 11:48]

merhaba Peter
good capture of this interesting and beautiful bird
i like composition, POV, DOF and informative note

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-10 19:55]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot of this cute looking White-headed Buffalo Weaver. Very neat and sharp image with fine colours on its plumage. It really stands out well among the green grasses and the natural lighting provides perfect illumination. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

hello peter,
nice capture of the White-Headed Buffalo-weaver, the bird looks beautiful resting in the green grass, lovelky colours and contrast, good composition too,
tfs & regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-12 7:09]

Hi Peter
I had never seen that specie before.You got an interesting POV that provided the chance of having a good look at the subject from back and side.Good light and nice detail.Excelelnt text to.
TFS Michel

Hello Peter,
a beautiful picture of White-Headed Buffalo-weaver taken from a great POV with good sharpness, splendid colours; congratulations for your Ethiopia series of birds.
Have a good Easter Weekend

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