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Sociable Weaver

Sociable 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
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Weavers, Birds of Namibia, Etosha National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-15 7:48
Viewed: 5544
Points: 32
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Sociable Weaver

in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Ploceidae

Genus: Philetairus

Species: P. socius

Binomial name
Philetairus socius
(Latham, 1790)

The Sociable Weaver or Social Weaver (Philetairus socius) is a species of bird in the Ploceidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Philetairus. It is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-15 8:09]

Hi Annick. A good pose of the bird collecting grass for its nest. You have captured a good side view with natural colours and fine detail. well done TFs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-15 8:27]

Hello Annick
Nice capture with fine details and natural colors. Well done.

hi annick!
good capture!
i like the grass in the beak
and the birds pose
sharp and well composed
well done!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-15 9:52]

Hello Annick,

You have taken this photo with the bird in a very fine pose. It seems being gatering materials for nest. You have made good use of the fine light getting fine colors. The sharply shown bird looks nice aginst the blurry background giving depth to the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Annick,

Yuo caught this one with a nice pose and composition. The grass in the beak makes the image dynamic.

Well seen


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-15 11:04]

Hi Annick,
Lovely capture.Lighting,exposure,3D effect and moment you caught are great.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-15 11:38]

Hallo Annick,
Alweer een beauty. Ondanks het felle zonlcht toch mooi van kleur. Goede scherpte en compositie. Het grasje in de bek maakt de opname speciaal. Uitstekende diepte in de foto.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-15 11:39]

Hello Annick,
A fine capture of a Sociable Weaver with nesting material in its beak. The pose and POV are excellent, as well as the lighting that makes the bird show ell against the OOF natural BG.
TFS and best regards,

HI Annick,
that's a wonderful bird with a mighty beak, I like the pose with the stick in his beak, also excellent sharpness, thanks, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-15 12:44]

Hi Annick!

You present us a beautiful picture of a bid from Southern Africa. The picture is well composed and it shows us the bird during its work. Well seen!

Kind regards


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-15 12:59]

merhaba Annick
wonderful capture of this cute bird that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, POV, sharpness and informative note


What a great shot of the nest building bird. I like the focus on the bird. I seems to me but the picture seems to be a little over exposed. Even with that, it is a very good catch.


How oh how could this wonderful piece...so sharp, so naturally soft in tones...how did this get so many points when my obvious winner (I jest a lot tonight in hopes to bring up the mood)...the sun setting through dust......:-)))..I think I did that one for Joey..I love his work as I do yours...you are so sharp...and you rarely drop a beat...you're there or been there and you have the chutzpa to travel to places people do not go...!

A fine and informative portrait of a Weaver on the job Annick, TFS indeed my friend!
P.s.: A lot of our friends in TN, including you, habitually omit "Subphylum: Vertebrata" from their classifications, I wonder why, my friend?

Hi Annick,
A nice capture of this Sociable Weaver. Excellent sharp details. Good composition also. But I think the BG is not a typical A.Vanderschelden's work. ;) Still then its A.Vanderschelden's work. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-25 10:06]

Hi Annick.
Very attractive busy hero. You have pictured it at very cute moment. Its pose and head turning are wonderful as well as nice and natural scenery around it. I like perfect bokeh and a bit cold green-grey colour palette. Composition as usual is superb. My kind regards and TFS.

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