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Southern masked weaver

Southern masked 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: 2007-10-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Yellow Birds, Birds of South Africa 3, Vanderschelden's weavers in Kruger [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 7:50
Viewed: 4480
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At least I think it is a Spottedbacked weaver. In breeding colors. The image isn't really what I expect it should be. No further comment. Up to you;)
Busy to try to install the CS3 upgrade. Second attempt
after yesterday's try....ppffff. I have an old CS3 beta version, wonder if that might cause the trouble.
Worth mentioning...it is a rather big crop. Take into discount the iso 800 and quality wise...you know.


Update: Thank you, Steve. I refer to the critiques and the thread. It is actually a Southern masked weaver and not a Village weaver.
It is good as now we can compare

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
9/10/2007 17:21:48
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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What amazing colors this bird has,
Bet you can see this things flying for miles,
Great shot and catch light,


Hi Annick
Beautiful bird. ilike colour vivid yellov VS gray. Nice OOF background, goos sharpness and compo
Best wishes

Hi Annick

What a beauty! The eyes look especially lovely. Excellent POV.


hello annick,
fine capture of Spottedbacked weaver, the almost uniform and monochrome bg makes the bird atandout well in the composition, nicely composed shot, liked the eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Annick,
Kind of a toughie, and I can understand your ID.

However, not Village Weaver. The reasons: the thickness of the black above the upper mandibular insertion (Village has it thinner); the orange-buffy wash on the posterior forehead and crown (absent in Village); the less massive bill (respect to Village); the hard to see, but still perceptible thicker yellow primary edges (respect to Village).

So, adult male Ploceus velatus (Southern Masked-Weaver).

Nice portrait!

P.S.: So as not to confuse - Village Weaver aka Spot-backed Weaver - same bird.

Hello Annick!
Beautiful bird in very optimistic colours :)
Good sharpness and details too.
Best greetings,

Hi Annick
Beautiful bird well captured and presented.

Hi Annick,
Very nice capture, amazing colors, nice contrasting dark color on the birds face.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-30 9:57]

Nice bird, Annick!
I like your mummals more that birds, bit this one is so cute. Wonderful color and detail, composition and exposure are very good, as always

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-30 10:27]

Hallo Annick,
Dit keer zijn het vooral de contrasterende kleuren in deze foto die ik erg mooi vind. Deze maskerwever staat er schitterend op. Goede scherpte met een verbluffend goed oogcontact en prachtige compositie.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-30 10:30]

Hi Alnick. A very colourful looking bird you have for us. with its fine detail and bright colour. i like the black face and dark brown eye you have used the light so well. a good POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-30 10:40]

Bonjour Annick
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-30 10:42]

Hi Annick
this is very lovely bird
very good color and sharp
have a nice day

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-30 13:27]

Hi Annick

Great close up with fine detail and colours. Great isolation from BG too.


How do you get your 400 on a plane?

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-30 13:47]

Hola Annick,
excelente captura, bello pájaro...
sensacionales colores y pose original,

I do not know this species Annick, but surely it is a lovely cute little bird captured perfectly from a low POV against a finely OOF BG. Thank you for this take indeed!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-30 18:11]

Hola Annick.
Very nice colors of this beautiful bird. Excellent sharpness and great pose too. I also like the colors of his eyes.
Your friend

Hi Annick,
A Beautiful bird, stunning colours, love the framing really stands out against the soft background, nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

I agree with all the comments about the BG. The bird stands out so well. Superb photo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-31 0:30]

Hello Annick,
What a beautiful Weaver bird very well captured. A nice profile with fine focus on the eye. Amazing black markings, not quite a mask. Very clear against the neautral grey background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-31 0:33]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful yellow Weaver. Nice details on its plumage and the colour looks bright and saturated. Nice pose you have captured and the DOF is precise. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-31 1:56]

Hi Annick,
beautiful colours on thie Weaver!
We can see evidence of a heavy crop yet the quality is still superb.
Great composition and POV.
The DOF is also great!
Well done,

Cool birdie Annick..I like the layed-back pose :)
Everything looks very good, but I see some areas about the bird where you missed on the NR..
I know what you mean..I struggle with getting lower ISO usage..Would love to have a lens that was brighter..When R U shipping that lens over for the weekend? ;}}
Excellent post again mf,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-31 7:10]

Hello nnick
INice capture.Excellent POV , I like the pose of that lovely bird I never saw before.Sharp image whit lovely colors.Very well composed.
TFS Michel

Hello friend Annick!
Great composition, and beautiful lighting. Great shot of this masked weaver. I liked especially its mask! Lovely :) TFS.

Hello Annick,
A very fine close up composition of the weaver!
very sharpness with warm colouration and details in the shot!
good exposure and focus too

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 19:01]

Hello Annick,
What an outstanding image of an amazing bird. Your superb camera work makes this birds' plumage sharp and well detailed. thanks my friend.

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