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Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet
Photo Information
Copyright: Ben Broughton (Lourens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 0 N: 321] (1223)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 170-500mm APO
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 13:41
Viewed: 5105
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crested Barbet (Tachyphonus vaillantii) Kuifkophoutkapper

This is a medium sized bird with a length of about 23 – 24cm.
The head is crested. The back, tail, and broad breast band is black, spotted and scalloped with white. The head and face is yellow, scaled with red. Crest and nape black, rump red and belly yellow. The bill is yellow to greenish grey; legs and feet greenish grey.

Distribution: Common resident in KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Transvaal and N.Cape. Also to be found in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola and Botswana.

Habitat: Thornveld, thickets, riverine bushveld, parks and gardens.

Habits: Solitary or in pairs.

Food: Insects, termites, worms, fruit and snails.

REF: Robberts’ Birds Of Southern Africa – Sixth Edition.

Shooting Data:

This image was taken in the Krugersdorp Private Game Reserve. I have also on occasion seen these fellows in my garden.

Nikon D70
Sigma 170-500 set at 310mm
ISO: 400
A: f 6.3
S: 1/400

Post processing done with Photoshop.

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Very great shot Ben, very natural
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-11 14:48]

Ben, well done on this capture. the composition is excelent and the bird has some beautiful colors and markings.


I never saw this birds befor!
This is a very scary bird, and an excellent shot.
Great sharpness, pose, composition and colours.
Thanks for posting, keep sharing.
Well done.

This one is new to me. It looks a scruffy little bird but very nice. Well done.

Bonne prise. Un oiseau très étonnant. je trouve que la lumière est d'un jaune spécial.Composition: 4 / Couleurs: 3 / Netteté: 3 / POV: 4 / DOF: 3 /
Très bon. Bonne journée !

Ben, The very unique coloration in this subject makes it an interesting catch. Great details. Well done!

What a strange looking bird, at least for a Far North American eye. And what a beautiful picture, for any amateur eye. Great colors, lighting and BG.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-11 22:12]

This is a beaytiful shot. I have yet to get a good barbet. I have them nesting in my garden, but no shots of them.

Thesharpness and detail is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Very good shot, great colors.
Well done.

Baie mooi Ben. Long time on my wishlist. A few blurred and a few too far shots is all I managed. This is superb. Great DOF and POV.
Excellent notes also. Very well done.

Ben, ek was die naweek daar vir die eerste keer. Wat 'n belewenis. Ek het vier ure in die aviary gesit.

Beautifull shot. I have one visiting my garden but could only manage to get him on the TV antennae. ;( The light has a nice golden glow to it. Sharp details and a nice pose. There are some hotspots but not distracting. Great shot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-10 2:48]

Hi Ben, good shot. Despite their colour these are quite rough looking birds, they look like tough guys. Very good capture and composition. Well done.

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