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crested barbet 2
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 300\4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-31 5:14
Viewed: 3608
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 38
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The Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii) is a species of bird in the Lybiidae family.

With its thick bill and very colourful plumage the Crested Barbet is unmistakable. This small bird has 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.


The Crested Barbet feeds on Insects, other birds eggs and fruits.


They nest in a hole in a tree or a Sisal log in a garden. They are monogamous and territorial during breeding. Territory size varies according to their habitat. 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. Faecal material is removed regularly. They fledge after about 31 days. Up to five broods have been recorded in a breeding season.

They are found singly or in pairs. They like to bounce around on the ground looking for food, they usually call from a branch out in the open. 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. They have also been recorded to have attacked rats and killed snakes.

Image taken in RAW, ISO400

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  • buscape Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
  • [2011-10-31 5:22]

Hello George,
fantastic capture of this beautiful bird with good timing to take it with the prey in its beak. Perfect focussing and wonderful colours. Even the colours in the nicely blurred background are matching perfectly. This is a masterpiece, congratulations.
Best wishes,

WOW!! Fantastic Photo George! Simply FANTASTIC!!

Ciao George, great capture of lovely bird and it's prey, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Wow.....Another masterpiece from close range.....
What a splendid capture with exceptional details.
Absolutely amazing colors, composition and very low POV.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi george,

Fantastic picture of this beautiful bird with good sharpness & details.
Nice composition & i like the BG colors matching to the birds color.
Very well done & TFS.

  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-31 9:04]

This image is fantastic, George!!
Outstanding sharpness and fine detail. Wonderful colours and light; perfect contrast with background. Great low POV. A real beauty!

  • luciola Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 217] (4193)
  • [2011-10-31 9:04]

Hello George,
Amazing bird , plumage is interesting. Its beak is very massive in relation to its body. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-10-31 9:35]

Bonjour George, amazing colors and perfect focus. I like the blurred BG too, well done. Congratulations, Best regards, Didier.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-10-31 9:55]

Hi George,
Splendid lights and beautiful colors and details on this photo of this interesting Bird, TFS!

Hi George,
I am running out of words. This is just a spectacular composition and a (sorry for using the word again) "spectacular GB!!!

  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-31 10:07]

Bonjour George,
Magnifique de couleurs et de netteté.
Une image superbe.

  • Great 
  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-31 11:58]

Hi george,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful interestin bird.
Nice colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Hi George,
excellent point of view. Great depth of field. Amazing colours. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-31 12:37]

Outstanding pic, my dear George! Wow! Great sharpness and wonderful BG.So many good details...Wow! beautiful!
Best wishes,

Hello George,
Great low POV for a perfect capture. Details, sharpness and colours are all excellent. I also like the timing. Well done!

Hello George,
I have no doubts, you are an artist, and Mother Nature conspires with you to make these photos! ... Awesome!

Simply phenomenal! The composition, colours, nicely complimentary background and rendering of the bird are impeccable and what a nice bonus to have the item in its beak too. It is now one of my favourites...Thank you for sharing!

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-31 22:43]

Very low angle, worm's view, to get this amazing bird on the ground with feed. tfs.

  • maurydv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)
  • [2011-10-31 22:47]

Hallo George,
simply fantastic capture George
Best regards

  • Great 
  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-01 1:58]

Hello Friend George,
so what to say to this exciting presentation. The splen did colors and beauty is well composed. The low angle renders a dramatic scene. With the pin sharp image, the feathers are excellently shown. First class shot and really an impressive one.
Why no points?


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-01 5:57]

Hello George,
Your Crested Barbet picture seems to be a winner, of course it's deserved. Most special and colorful bird shown in a natural environment and with perfect sharpness (unlike your neighbour-picture) Lovely background too.
Bravo again!
Kind regards

Hi George,

Simply splendid. Excellent timing, composition and colors. The eyes of the Barbet are giving a winner's look.

Thank you for sharing.


Hi My friend!
Excellent photo! Low POV, just enough DOF, perfect composition, very good focus and light management, beautiful colors!
This is how it should be done!

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6551 W: 89 N: 15640] (65417)
  • [2011-11-01 15:59]

I can't believe,how is strange this bird! And how is great this way to discover it,whit this FANTASTIC pic from a ground point of view,i wish to tell more but you know my english..ehehe...just my greats compliments another time,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello George,
Amazing shot! Bravo!

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  • rocko (264)
  • [2011-11-02 11:30]

Hi George Very nice pic I never saw a bird like this.good work. Regards caleb

Hello George,
Great action shot with beautiful colours and excellent detail of the plumage. The insect in the mouth is just a bonus. Very well done and tfs.

Hi George,

congratulations for this marvelous picture, perfect focus and very nice colors and details, lovely perspective !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-11-05 3:26]

Hi George.
Stunning shot. I am amazed a lot. All is great, including splendid coloursful and nicely blurred BG, crisp sharp image of a very attractive species (which is unknown for me), perfect low POV and blameless composition. Bravo. Well done.

Bonjour George,
Très belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-15 16:08]

Hello George,
I have viewed this bird a few times here on TN and am always amazed at their gorgeous plumage. They look like they got loose in a paint shop and rolled around in about five different colored pails of left over paint.
Remarkable detail, exposure and overall clarity. Looks like it posed in front of a BG that matched it's beautiful feathers. Very informative notes. Great work!!

Such a beautiful Barbet...
A new bird to me...
TFS ;-)

Perfect picture of this bird and its small prey. Great sharpness and color, surprisingly good DOF considering the aperture.

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