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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: 2007-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's weavers in Kruger [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 5:33
Viewed: 4410
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I will create a theme 'Weavers in Kruger' in an attempt to acquire a better view on their identification.
Especially these yellowish weavers are very difficult to distinguish.
This one for instance is either the Lesser masked weaver, the Southern masked weaver or the Village weaver.
It's even getting more complex if you take into account that some species do have double names. For instance the Village weaver is also called the Spottedbacked weaver.
Afterwards I'll (maybe we'll) be able to compare
efficiently through the photos and the critiques and comments from seasoned birders such a Ivan and many others.

This photo is a crop. It's taken in Kruger National Park's main restcamp Skukuza. THe flora identification is unknown. The photographing conditions in terms of weather were quite windy.
Lens was mounted on a monopod.

Digital darkroom workflow:

Don't hesitate to critique what you don't like as well:-)
Have a nice weekend!

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To cuckooroller: Thank you, Sevevanderschelden 1 09-28 05:39
To PeterZ: Hello Peter,vanderschelden 1 09-27 08:24
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very nice shot! I like the colours, the dof, the composition.

Hello Annick,
The plant looks like an Arbutus species but I'm not sure. The weaver looks perfectfrom this angle but the birders may like to see the flank and tail details to make a positive ID. On the other hand the OOF BG looks so fine...

Hello Annick,
I agree it's very difficult to identify these weavers. But if I look at the colour of the eyes it's not the Village Weaver or the Southern Masked Weaver(red eye); the mask is extending onto the forecrown; so it's the Lesser Masked Weaver, ploceus intermedius. A few days ago I put a photo of the female here on TN.
Very beautiful photo in a fantastic composition.
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-09-27 7:12]

hi annick,
beautiful capture of this weaver bird, nice composition and good depth control. hope to see some more of these weaver from you. tfs.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-27 9:57]

Hi Annick A theme would be a good idea . This is a bright one with its black face. Good detail and colours. a nice pose in the tree. well done TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2008-09-27 11:02]

Hello Annick!

Not long ago we could see nests of this bird on picture from Selene, now we can see builder itself. Very elegant bird catched in nice pose. I bet it is ready for action :-)

Hello Annick,
Çok farklı ve çok güzel bir kuş türü çok güzel fotoğraf.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-28 1:35]

Merhaba Annick,
Sarı siyah renklerdeki bu kuşu çok başarılı sunmuşsun. Kompozisyon ve detaylar muhteşem. Tebrikler.


Just a confirmation. Peter Z is right. This is Ploceus intermedius. The only real confusion species in Kruger might be the breeding male of the northernmost birds of Ploceus cucullatus, however, the crown black in these latter usually extends farther back on the nape, and the iride are red, and the tibiotarsi are flesh-colored (or brownish) rather than the grey seen here.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-28 4:36]

Hello Annick, Very nice colors and good sharp image. Good composition Ganesh

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