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Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-17 8:55
Viewed: 5554
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today once a posting out of my archives,it is made on last years visit in the krugerpark in the satara restcamp,just after a heavy rainshower,hope you like it and tfw,

Crested Barbet
The Crested Barbet is a small bird with a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, red markings on end of body, its colour blends well in the bush. They have a distinct shrill

Name: Trachyphonus vaillantii

Habitat: Forests, savannah, sub-urban gardens, woodland thickets and watercourses.

Distribution: Common all over Southern Africa.

Diet: Insects, other birds eggs and fruits.

Socialisation: Crested Barbets are usually found singly or in pairs. They hop around on the ground looking for food. They do not fly easily and then only for short distances. Crested Barbets roost in holes in trees. They are very vocal, the call being a trill that can continue for long periods. Crested Barbets are aggressive towards other birds in their territory and chase off both nest competitors such as other Barbets and other birds such as doves and thrushes.

Reproduction: Crested Barbets nest in a hole in a tree or a Sisal log in a garden. They are monogamous and territorial during breeding. Eggs are laid between September to December. 1 to 5 eggs are laid at daily intervals. Incubation lasts between 13 to 17 days, beginning with the second or third egg and mainly by the female. The young hatch naked and blind. They are fed insects by both parents.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-17 8:58]

Hi Paul

Great close-up of this barbet. The detail is good throughout - but especially the eye.


Hi Paul,

What a great close-up of the crested barbet. Nice vivid colours, excellent details in the plumage and a beautiful light in the eye. Very well done!


Paul, great use of flash, feather detail is excellent. The Kruger Park is such a wonderful place for photography in that the birds and animals are relatively not fearful of man. Good take !!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-17 9:14]

Ha Paul,

Dit is een lekker brutaal vogeltje. Heb hem in Zuid-Aftika meerdere malen gezien. Goed dat je de flits gebruikt hebt. Hierdoor wordt de foto nog levendiger.


Hallo Paul,
Beautifully captured bird. I like the details of the beak, feathers and eyes which are very sharp in details. You managed to do great work. Thanks for sharing it.
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-17 10:16]

Hej Paul,
The wet plumage almost makes this Barbet look like a different species! AMmazing range of colours in the plumage - I wonder what he looks like when dry! :-) Excellent close capture showing very sharp details and fine colours against the brown background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-17 10:56]

Hallo Paul,
Deze Kuifbaardvogel schijnt nog een beetje te moeten bekomen van zijn natte pakje. Prachtige details in de veren. Erg mooie kleuren door het gebruik van je flits. Steekt goed af tegen de achtergrond.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-17 12:22]

Hi paul .This is a very colourful little bird. an odd looking one at that. you have captured fine detail . with a low POV. well done TFS. good notes too.

The markings of this bird make it look like it just couldn't make up its mind what it wanted to be! : ) It is a very sharp image with good details.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-17 20:47]

Hi Paul,
Wonderful shot of this charming Crested Barbet with such awesome colours and details on its plumage. Nice posture captured and the flash lifhting had brought our the details perfectly. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-17 22:40]

Hello Paul,
Extremely detailed and well colored image of this strange looking bird, I have not seen before. Thank you Paul for the great work.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-22 1:24]

Hi Paul,
He has such a colorful and beautiful plumage. I liked the details and the composition. TFS

Kuifie! I love this guy - he lives in my yard too, but he is a real treat to photograph - this is a splendid shot, nice colours and you got him in a typical pose too!

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  • buff (26)
  • [2009-01-12 10:46]

Hi Paul,

Great photo of a crested barbet. The colors are so bright it looks like he is right in front of you.

Have a great 2009


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