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Lesser Masked Weaver

Lesser Masked Weaver
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 6:33
Viewed: 4709
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the early morning, when the sun was rising, there was a yellow shade in this tree. This Lesser Masked Weaver was exactly in tune with this atmosphere.

The Lesser Masked Weaver, ploceus intermedius, is 13 – 14 cm.
The breeding male is the only pale-eyed masked weaver with the mask extending onto the fore-crown. The mask has narrow extension onto central breast, and has a notch above the eye. But this is a female. Like non-breeding males they are nondescript, with pale eyes; yellower below than most female masked weavers. The legs are blue-grey. The juvenile’s eye is brown.
Habitat: Savanna and woodland. Breeds colonially in trees and reeds near water; nest is rather untidy, with a short to medium entrance tube.
Status: Locally common
Voice: Typical swizzling song.

Source: Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.

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Yellow and greens totally dominate this image Peter...but not without giving me a reminder of the season now as opposed to when I shall see anything like this again for a few months...A wonderful image to carry with me thru snows...

I have heard of this bird and if I saw one I might not have known it...but your image certainly defines it for ID as well as captures its beauty in nature.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-24 7:04]

Hi Peter
Excellent cpture.Good pOV and sharp image.I like the subject pose it look like if he was listening to something.Nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-24 7:36]

hi peter,
excellent capture, brilliant lighting, colors (yellows and greens), composition and details. lovely image to enjoy. tfs.

great picture, very sharp and beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-24 8:09]

Hi Peter,

The bird has such nice colors in the stong light of the sun matching well with the branch it is sitting on and the background. Details can be well seen as the image is very sharp.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-24 8:19]

Hello Peter,
An excellent sharp capture of a female Lesser Masked Weaver taken from a fine POV.
I like the composition on the thin leafy branch against a great bokeh BG.
An excellnet image Peter and thanks for sharing it!
Best regards, Ivan

Hello Peter,

Superb capture of this beautiful bird. Excellent composition and sharpness. The luminous colours tones, yellow and green, are emphasized by the beautiful light.

Hola Peter, bonita fotografia, con tonos de color naturales, buena composición, bien enfocada y buena luz. Un saludo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-24 8:53]

Hi Peter,i like a lot the warms colors in this pic! Green and yellow are dominant and create a very nice effect.Excellent sharpness on the bird and very nice background,great work,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Peter,

Great shot.
Splendid capture with excellent details.
Lighting,composition and sharpness are good.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-24 9:15]

Hello Peter ,
Fantastic shot from Lesser Masked Weaver , great sharpnes compositie,details,colours and bg ,
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-24 9:21]

Hi Peter. What a beautiful looking little bird. This is a new one on me so thanks for posting. The way you have used the morning light has made this picture so bright. good colour and fine detail. A very nice pose with the bird looking into the tree. well done TFS.


Hallo Peter,

Alweer een prachtige plaat van een mooie Wever vogel.
Mooi gezichtsveld en bijpassende achtergrond.


Hi Peter,
Marvelous shot of this beautiful Lesser Masked weaver with very impressive colurs and clarity. Excellent POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-24 11:46]

Hi Peter,

The colors are magnificent - wonderful shades of yellow and green. And then the eye travels to the lovely Masked Weaver posing so nicely and looking so sweet. I think this is the first time I have seen this bird. He blends in so well with the setting and at the same time stands out from it well. Superb details, clarity and composition.


Your bird photos are extraordinary and this one is no exception. Great detail, beautifully composed, DOF right on. I am going to add you to my favorites... looking forward to seeing more of your fantastic images. TFS


Hello Peter,
I loved the lighting and soft colouration in this beautiful composition of yours!
good pose on the Weaver with great sharpness, nice colour and details
my compliment for a fine posting
take good care and sincere regards from NZ

Hi Peter,
This is such a beautiful specie! You captured it in all its glory with good exposure, composition, details and cute pose. Thanks,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-24 14:56]

Hi Peter,
Light is beautiful. It's very well composed and exposed.Good details on the plumage too. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-24 15:02]

Ha Peter,

Schitterende opname van deze wever,goede scherpte diepte en prachtige kleuren,heeft wel iets weg van het sijsje,fraai vastgelegd in natuurlijke omgeving


Hello Peter,
very beautiful passerine bird species. it is very lovely with beautiful plumage and light iris of eyes. Your capture also great with focus, composition and colors. POV/DOF also very nice like lighting. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Peter,

This is a super capture of this cute little weaver.
The plumage detail is excellent.
Wonderful colours and lighting.
The natural setting is superb.
Great job.


It looks like his eye is fixed on something to eat. What a nice colour and well focused photo.

Hello Peter.
What wonderful picture!
The colors are simply fantastic.
Fine details and sharpness.
Well done!
José Roberto

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and beautiful colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-25 7:52]

Hello Peter,
Lovely early morning capture showing this little cute bird enjoying the sunshine. A beautiful composition in wonderful light and colours and sharp focus on the Weaver.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-25 11:11]

hello peter
wonderful capture and beautiful species
composition, POV, BG, DOF, light, colours and sharpness are great

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-25 19:12]

Hello Peter,
What an outstanding image of a very nice species.
The colors are amazing and the details razor sharp.
Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Peter,
En hier is dan de vrouwelijke wederhelft. Waarschijnlijk op zakenreis in Ethiopië.
Ik vind dat de vogel de gepaste plaats en de gepaste grootte heeft in het totaalbeeld.
Je hebt dit meisje mooi geplaat.
Dank u wel voor het delen.
Vriendelijke groeten

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-28 11:18]

Hello Peter! What a beautiful bird and what a great shot! Perfectly composed and technically impressive, well done,


Hello Peter

Very very beautiful photo of this species of bird,
with a very fine POV an the way with the branches
and the leafs it is framed, very beautiful light,
lovely glance of the bird, beautiful color tones,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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