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Female Longtailed-widowbird

Female Longtailed-widowbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Anton Prinsloo (Anton) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100 with MB-D100, AF-S Nikkor VR 200-400mm F/4 G
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-12 13:41
Viewed: 5849
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an example of the Longtailed Widow. It is a common to very common resident in South Africa and becomes nomadic in winter. These birds are gregarious at all times, especially in winter. It forages mainly on ground, walking with short steps. Their flight is heavy and laboured on broad wings, and it then perches on bush, grasstuft, termite mound or fence between flights.

The breeding male is black and its tail is extremely long, floppy, and graduated. The bend of the wings are scarlet, bordered below by broad whitish band and it has a whitish bill. The non-breeding male is heavily streaked black above on deep buff, the bend of its wings are orange, bordered below by broad buff band. The primaries are black and the eyebrow whitish. It is buffy white below and streaked dark brown on breast and flanks.

It has broad floppy wings diagnostic in all plumages; short floppy tail diagnostic in female and eclipse male. The female is similar to the non-breeding male with no orange and buff band on bend of wing, but broad buff margins of wing coverts form pale wingpatch. The primaries are brown.

Alternative Names:
English: Longtailed Widow
English: Long-tailed Widowbird
German: Hahnschweifwida
French: Euplecte longue queue.

Source: Roberts Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa

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Hi Anton,

Congratulations! This is a very good capture of this bird that I never saw before... I love the sharpness, composition, colors, BG and explanations! TFS!


very nice good shot:-)

Hi Anton It is a nice bird and great shot.Colors is so natural and details are so clear.I like it.

Hi Anton,
A nice shot. Clearly seen. Sharpness, composition,pov are great. TFS

Hello Anton,
The bird well framed in this pleasant composition!
Colours and details well captured, and I like the pose you get from your model here!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-07-13 4:20]
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The Composition, POV, detail of the subject, OOF BG and DOF are all excellent. The greatest asset to your pic is of course the "Golden" Lighting. TFS,

Well done, good DOF, colour of bird well captured.

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