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Ploceus velatus

Ploceus velatus
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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: 2007-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites 2, Vanderschelden's weavers in Kruger [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-24 16:52
Viewed: 5382
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Southern Masked-Weaver or African Masked-weaver (Ploceus velatus) is a resident breeding bird species common throughout southern Africa.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This male in breeding plumage has been captured at the end of a hot day. It was the first sunny day after several rainy days. I believe it is photographed in restcamp Mopani during sunset.
Mopani camp overlooks the lovely expanse of Pioneer Dam. The bird life is prolific.
The photo is taken while standing on the delightful wooden deck overlooking the dam.

Hope you'll enjoy it and I wish you a very nice day/evening/night/morning:-)!

Pentaxfriend, crs, JYB, Argus, siggi, robindb, Juyona, pekkavalo1, JoseMiguel, jusninasirun, mala-zaba, Silke, jaycee, maurydv has marked this note useful
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Ha Annick,

Wat een BEAUTY
hier zie je ze alleen in een kooi

TFS Thijs

Well it is afternoon here! : ) and it is nice, thank you...perfect temperature, gentle breezes, incessant rain just a dim memory.

As to your photo: **sigh**...just perfect.

Evelynn : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-24 19:51]

Hello Annick, another suberb shot, your pictures are always top class, you're a hero my friend! Well done, thanks!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-24 20:54]

Hi Annick,

What a beautifull photo! The way you used light is impressing as the bird is like a burst of colored flames feeling the image with life. This feeling is enhanced by the gray blurry background.


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  • JYB Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
  • [2008-07-24 21:08]

Hello Annick,
Splendid picture for this bird. Details and lights are perfect. The pose of the bird is also very interesting. Simply beautiful. JYB

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-24 22:17]

Hello Annick,
The pose, POV, lighting and contrasting neutral BG make this a fine portrait of a Southern Masked Weaver taken with excellent sharpness. The map shows what a fantastic place this must have been to visit.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-24 22:59]

Hi Annick,
lovely bird with splendid bright colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, Best regards Siggi

Hi Annick

Once again a superb shot with nice feather texture, colours and clarity.


Hi Annick,

This is a lovely composed picture of the weaver bird, beautiful colours, sharpness and what a stunning eye with catch light. TFS

Que belleza !! y que bien captada ...
Independientemente de la luz, los colores y los contrastes, que son excepcionales, creo que es un excelente trabajo sobre todo de encuadre y centras el foco y la atención en la cabeza del ave. Una fotografía encantadora y atractiva.
Muchos elogios, pero es que lo merece.
Saludos Annick: Josep Ignasi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-25 0:19]

Hola Annick,
preciosa captura,
color, pose y sensacional foco.

Hi Annick
This is superb. The lighting is perfect, the composition excellent, and the sharpness just fantastic. This would be good enough in any high-quality coffee-table book.

Hi Annick,
Very nice capture of this colourful Weaver with good pose and composition, pin sharp details and natural colours.

Hi Annick,

You still remember me? :-D
All that bright yellow looks great, specially over the neutral grey background.
I like a lot the pose got, the red eye detail and the composition with that tiny branch along the frame.

Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello Annick. Pristine shot at this bird. I like the perch and strong color against the muted background. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Hi Annick,
Nice yellow bird! The contrast with the background is very good. The bird is sharp and have a good eye contact.
Well done

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-25 10:26]

Impressive details in this superb capture - every feather is crisp and clear
Superb colours and expert composition (neatly on the thirds)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-25 10:28]

Hi Annick,

What a beauty this is! I doubt I have seen one of these Masked Weavers before. The black face against the vivid yellow is stunning and the eye is as well. Wonderful pose, colors, details, background and composition.


Ciao Annick,
meravigliosa cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, fantastici i colori e BG.
Grazie e complimenti

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-26 0:06]

Merhaba Annick,
Tek kelimeyle harika bir kuş karesi.

Sharpness 5/5
Focus 5/5
Noise 5/5
Composition 4/5
Depth of Field 5/5
Detail 5/5
Background 5/5
Pose 5/5
Difficulty 4/5
Colours 5/5
Saturation 5/5
Light 5/5

Overall 4/5

Well done.

Will be back for points

Hi Annick, great capture of this lovely bird in great pose, beautiful blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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