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Anaplectes rubriceps

Anaplectes rubriceps
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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: 2007-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos, Loot's Favourites 1, Birds of South Africa 3, Red-headed weaver, Vanderschelden's weavers in Kruger [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-07 11:43
Viewed: 8702
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Why do they call this bird a Weaver? You can see this
They could be called architects. Not so long ago this 'birder' thought there's was some human help involved.

ISO400. Monopod, IS on. PP in Lightroom and CS3.

I didn't find a lot of data concerning this specific Weaver.
But to give you an idea about the subspecies I copied this from the Wikipedia:
Species list in taxonomic order

* Genus Bubalornis
o White-billed Buffalo-weaver, Bubalornis albirostris
o Red-billed Buffalo-weaver, Bubalornis niger

* Genus Dinemellia
o White-headed Buffalo-weaver, Dinemellia dinemelli

* Genus Sporopipes
o Speckle-fronted Weaver, Sporopipes frontalis
o Scaly Weaver, Sporopipes squamifrons

* Genus Plocepasser
o White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Plocepasser mahali
o Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Plocepasser superciliosus
o Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver, Plocepasser rufoscapulatus
o Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver, Plocepasser donaldsoni

* Genus Histurgops
o Rufous-tailed Weaver, Histurgops ruficauda

* Genus Pseudonigrita
o Grey-headed Social-weaver, Pseudonigrita arnaudi
o Black-capped Social-weaver, Pseudonigrita cabanisi

* Genus Philetairus
o Social Weaver, Philetairus socius

* Genus Ploceus (c.60 species)

* Genus Pachyphantes
o Compact Weaver, Pachyphantes superciliosus

* Genus Malimbus
o Yellow-legged Malimbe, Malimbus flavipes
o Red-crowned Malimbe, Malimbus coronatus
o Black-throated Malimbe, Malimbus cassini
o Ballmann's Malimbe, Malimbus ballmanni
o Rachel's Malimbe, Malimbus racheliae
o Red-vented Malimbe, Malimbus scutatus
o Ibadan Malimbe, Malimbus ibadanensis
o Red-bellied Malimbe, Malimbus erythrogaster
o Gray's Malimbe, Malimbus nitens
o Crested Malimbe, Malimbus malimbicus
o Red-headed Malimbe, Malimbus rubricollis

* Genus Anaplectes
o Red-headed Weaver, Anaplectes rubriceps

* Genus Brachycope
o Bob-tailed Weaver, Brachycope anomala

* Genus Quelea
o Cardinal Quelea, Quelea cardinalis
o Red-headed Quelea, Quelea erythrops
o Red-billed Quelea, Quelea quelea

* Genus Foudia
o Red Fody, Foudia madagascariensis
o Red-headed Fody, Foudia eminentissima
o Forest Fody, Foudia omissa
o Mauritius Fody, Foudia rubra
o Seychelles Fody, Foudia sechellarum
o Rodrigues Fody, Foudia flavicans

* Genus Euplectes
o Yellow-crowned Bishop, Euplectes afer
o Fire-fronted Bishop, Euplectes diadematus
o Black Bishop, Euplectes gierowii
o Black-winged Red Bishop, Euplectes hordeaceus
o Northern Red Bishop or Orange Bishop, Euplectes franciscanus
o Southern Red Bishop or Red Bishop, Euplectes orix
o Zanzibar Bishop, Euplectes nigroventris
o Golden-backed Bishop, Euplectes aureus
o Yellow Bishop, Euplectes capensis
o Fan-tailed Widowbird, Euplectes axillaris
o Yellow-shouldered Widowbird, Euplectes macrourus
o White-winged Widowbird, Euplectes albonotatus
o Red-collared Widowbird, Euplectes ardens
o Marsh Widowbird, Euplectes hartlaubi
o Buff-shouldered Widowbird, Euplectes psammocromius
o Long-tailed Widowbird, Euplectes progne
o Jackson's Widowbird, Euplectes jacksoni

* Genus Anomalospiza
o Cuckoo Finch or Parasitic Weaver, Anomalospiza imberbis - probably belongs in Viduidae

* Genus Amblyospiza
o Grosbeak Weaver, Amblyospiza albifrons

Thank you.

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Hello Annick,

Amazing bird and just perfect photo. Pose, composition, sharpness of detail, BG and DOF all just perfect. Excellnt work.



Hi Annick,
once again a great shot.
Sharpness and colors are great.
Good composition and POV
TFS Tatjana

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-07 12:03]

Hi Annick. Now this is a bird I have never seen or heard of before so thanks for posting. What a cute one with its fluffy orange feathers. You have captured a fine pose in the tree with a nice POV/DOF.well done TFs.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-07 12:21]

Hi annick

Superb shot of this colourful pretty bird, very nicely composed with a excellent POV and afine pose, very nice colours and lovely light.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-07 12:35]
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Hello Annick,
Very beautiful image of this Red-headed Weaver (Scharlakenrode Wever). Strange is the orange colour. The males are mostly deep red, the females haven't red at all. As always an excellent photo in every way.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-07 13:03]

Hola Annick,
preciosa captura, original bicolor, :)
bello bg y buen foco,

Splendida immagine e splendido uccello, ottimi POV e DOF, molto bella la composizione quadrata con i rametti in diagonale, anche quello sfocato contribuisce positivamente e bellissima posa, eccellenti i dettagli e magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenmti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-07 13:27]

Hi Annick,
What a beautiful bird with lovely colors. I liked your POV, composition and the color tones. TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-07 13:38]

Hola Annick.
Bellos colores en el pecho los que tiene este pajarillo. La pose y el encuadre escogido para la presentacion son ideales. Alta calidad en fotografia.
La nota escrita que acompaña a la foto es de gran valor.
Saludos Annick.

Hi Annick, cute bird with splendid colors and superb details, great focus and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

amazing colors,great sharpness and detail.very nice composition!

Hi Annik,
splendid colours and composition is just perfetct
I like very much this is again a great quality shot,

Hi Annick,

Wonderful shot of this little bird, beautiful coloring, excellent detail, well framed and composed, t.f.s Cheers Rick :)

Hello Annick,
Un ave muy bella, ninca imaginé una con esos colores, mitad superior naranja, la otra itad blanca y alas marrones?, una muy bella e inusual combinación

Hi Annick, The orange on this bird is very different! Fine work as allways. Like the pose, comp, and great sharp detail.
Thank you, Richard

Hi Annick,
An extremely beautiful and bright colored bird. great details captured with an excellent BG. The colors of the bird almost match the indian flag. Excellent lighting and exposure.

Great work!!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-07 18:12]

Bonsoir annick,

Bravo pour cette superbe composition. Superbe oiseau et merveilleuses couleurs.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-07 20:39]

Perfect shot my friend, what a great bird and a fabulous shot! Sharp and clear, great technique!


Hello Annick , excellent shrpnss , color saturation and comp.
TFS and good luck .

Hello Annick,

Beautiful colorful bird image and great note!!!
Excellent square composition with wonderful colors and details.
Lovely soft BG against wich the Weaver does stand out beautifully and wonderful pose and catchlight in the eye.

Best wishes,


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-08 6:10]

Hi Annick,
What a sweet and colorful little bird. You caught it in an interssting expression, that makes it look very lively and ready to fly away, or sing.

Cool Annick - He was a 50/50 popsicle bar in his last life :)
Nothing to complain about here, you did this most beautiful specie of weaver justice mf. Great technique to get it so sharp @ 1/200th.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-08 9:43]
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Hello Annick,
This must be one of the most beautiful of the Weavers! Brilliant capture of it in a lovely pose from a fine POV. Great DOF, excellent sharpness and beautiful colours. I like its perch on the Acacia twigs too and the contrasting background. Lovely shot!
Many thanks, Ulla

hello Annick

WOW ! what a beautiful shot of a beautiful bird,
fine POV and framing, excellent DOF, lovely luminosity of the image
and colours of the bird, great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Annick,

Amazing portrait of a beautiful bird! Thank you,



What a colorful entry. The bird looks like an Indian Flag. Excellent details even in shadows.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-09 8:30]

Gorgeous image of this Weever, Annick!
Vibrent colours and superb light.
Very good sharpness and clarity.
Lovely composition.
Superb DOF.
Well done!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-11 9:54]

Hi Annick.
What a nice fluffy beauty and its strained pose. Surroundings (created by fine twigs and superb BG) are amazing. Colours, their clearness and richness, three-dimensional effect and perfect composition allow me to summarize by this way – Bravo. Great job.

Annick, firstly thankyou for your critique! Your photos are spectacular and truly represent where I want to go with my photography. This photo is just terrific - it's clarity, depth of field, composition - simply wonderful - congrats

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