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Village Indigobird

Village Indigobird
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-13
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/10 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-13 10:58
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Points: 20
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Village Indigobird

I have been trying to get a photo of this little Village Indigobird for weeks now. Marius feeds the birdís everyday. I have been sitting ready with my camera to get a shot as soon as they start falling out of the trees like leaves but it has been a trying few weeks for me as the heat has been exceptionally high and the mosquitoes are out to get some blood.

I normally have a lot of patience but today I decided I was going to give it up for a bad job if I donít get one in focus but seems to me I got at least one. This is not one of my best photos of a bird but to me it means quite a lot to just have it in focus. They move with such speed that most of the shots were blurred.

I hope you will enjoy it anyway and comments are welcome.

The Village Indigobird, Vidua chalybeata, is a small songbird. It is a resident breeding bird in most of Africa south of the Sahara Desert.
This indigobird is found in many open habitats including open woodland, scrub and cultivation, but, as its name implies, it is most readily seen near villages.

It is a brood parasite which lays its eggs in the nests of Red-billed Firefinches. Unlike the Common Cuckoo, it does not destroy the host's egg. Typically, 2-4 eggs are added to those already present. The eggs of both the host and the firefinch are white, although the indigobird's are slightly larger. The nestling indigobirds mimic the unique gape pattern of the fledglings of the host species.

The Village Indigobird is 11-12 cm in length. The adult male is entirely greenish-black except for his orange-red legs and conical white bill. The female resembles a female House Sparrow, with streaked brown upperparts, buff underparts, a whitish supercilium and a yellowish bill, although she also has red legs. Immature birds are like the female but plainer and without a supercilium.

Many of the indigobirds are very similar in appearance, with the males difficult to separate in the field, and the young and females near impossible. Helpful pointers with the Village Indigobird are the association with its host species, the Red-billed Firefinch, and its presence near human habitation.
The male Village Indigobird is territorial, and he has an elaborate courtship flight display. The song is given from a high perch, and consists of rapid sputtering and churring intermingled with mimicry of Red-billed Firefinch's song, especially the characteristic chick-pea-pea-pea.

The diet of this species consists of seeds and grain.

Origin and phylogeny has been obtained by Antonio Arnaiz-Villena et al.Estrildinae may have originated in India and dispersed thereafter (towards Africa and Pacific Ocean habitats).

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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It is pretty

Hello neighbour Natley,
This is not just pretty...it is fantastic. What an achievement with such perserverance! It is just fabulous! To say that you have done very well would be an understatement....GREAT work Natley!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-13 11:38]

Hello Natley,
Excellent photo of this Village Indigobird in its transitional state. Good sharpness and taken from a perfect low POV. Nice natural colours.
Please send a bit of your heat to this region. It's cold and nasty here.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-11-13 22:28]

beautiful species. great presentation. tfs.

Hallo Natley
A beautiful image, not only filled with lots of colour and sunshine, but also because of this bird which I have not seen before. The composition and viewpoint is pleasant and the image as a whole is a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing a lovely image. Best regards.

Oh i LOVE IT and even more so now as you described the adventure in which to capture! (dang mosquitoes! all they're good for is feeding the dragonfly's :0)

Its the same feeling i had with my lil bluebird. I hardly got any comments for her but its my favorite shot of all time! ((hugs))

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-14 6:37]

Hello Natley,
What an amazign colored plumage! This is a kind of bird which mustn't be easy to photograph. We have some species too. Even if the focus is not perfect, I like this natural shot. Lovely purple flowers in the surrroundings to give a touch of color.
Nice to have discovered a bird-species I never had seen.
Kind regards

Hi Natley,
I lived in Phalaborwa for 10 years and don't recall ever seeing one of these. Excellent capture with super detail and colours. A Well chosen low POV complimented with good DOF. Great work.

Hello Natley,
Great captured of this lovely bird, very nice eye-contact, good details and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2012-01-09 8:44]

Hi Natley,
It is an opportunity to be in such place or country that is filled with wild life creature and beautiful places, this is eye catching and very rear for me to see such bird that is captured in beautiful colours and exposure, TFS.


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