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Yellow Bishop

Yellow Bishop
Photo Information
Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-13 14:02
Viewed: 5174
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have just spent the last week in the small coastal town of Rooiels (about 120km east of CapeTown). It was glorious – no phones, beautiful scenery and lots and lots of things to photograph! I start my “Rooiels ”series with this Yellow Bishop.

Vital Statistics

A large, stocky bishop with yellow and black breeding plumage. Size 12.5-14cm about the size of a Cape Sparrow, but males appear large and stocky. In the breeding season the males are a brilliant black and gold. The bill is short, strong and conical. The bill is black in breeding males and light-brown with a pinkish base in females or non-breeding males. The legs and feet are pinkish-brown.

A fairly large and stocky Bishop, which is mostly black in colour. The lower back and rump are bright yellow. There is a brown patch on each side of the upper back.

The female is pale brown with blackish streaking. The wings and tails are blackish and it has a pale eyebrow. The underparts are whitish, with heavy brown streaks on the breast and flanks. Non-breeding males look like the females, but have a yellow rump and yellow patch on the bend of the wing.

The Yellow-rumped Bishop is a bird of moist grassland and vleis, usually on slopes or valleys in mountainous or hilly country. It prefers areas with some scattered bushes.

It is usually seen singly on in small groups. Males sit conspicuously on a perch and display above the grass with buzzing notes and a dramatic visual display which involves ruffling out the feathers on the neck and rump.

It subsists on seeds and insects.

Nesting takes place between August to February, much earlier in the winter rainfall areas. Males are polygynous (have more than one partner), but do not breed in multiple male colonies. The nest is an oval shell with a side top entrance, which is woven, weaver-style from grass stems. It appears untidy and is well concealed by incorporating surrounding growing grass. The female lines the nest with dry grass.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-13 14:29]

Welkom terug
Very nice pose this guy allowed you to get! I was puzzled over the name. swearing widow, and then the new names!!!Bg is very nice. Maybe crop a little bottom and left, but that's my gut feel.

Hola Japie:

very nice capture, and colors!
The DOF is great and also the notes


Well Japie if the rest are as good as this then we are in for a treat and will learn a lot about SA birds.

Welcome back, Japie - sounds like we can expect a lot of nice new photos after your trip. This is an amazing one - great details in the plumage, beautiful posing (and I always love to see a sparkle in the bird's eye), and great colors and DOF. Wonderful catch.

quelle netteté Japie.
un bel oiseau noir sur fond vert. tres joli.
excellente DOF

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-13 17:26]

Gran captura Japie.
Excelentes colores y composicion.
aunque creo que utilizaste una máscara de Unsharp un tanto excesiva (así parece el contorno del ave).
buen trabajo!

Great capture Japie.
Excellent colors and composition although I believe that you used a mask of Unsharp somewhat excessive (thus it seems the contour of the bird).
Good job!

Great capture.
Very good details and colors
Well done

Prachtige photo Japie,
Very nice one , great comptition, good colours, it"s a shame that the tail is behind the grass. But I like your work, great job Japie

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-14 3:38]

A beautiful capture. Aamzing detail and colour. Thank you for posting.

Points tomorrow.

Beautiful sharp shot of this bird, Japie.
Greetings, Jan

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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 50 N: 47] (130)
  • [2004-08-14 6:37]

excellent DOf with superb details on the bird.. Great shot Japie !!

Jy's terug! This is one of your best Japie, a lovely shot with nice colours, detail and a great note. Very well taken, great work. Can't wait to see what else you caught in the Cape.

Very good picture with very good details and exposure.
Very good note.

Beautiful capture of this little chap. The blacks in his plumage almost look velvety ;-)
Good sharpness, colours and DOF. Would have been even better, if the tail hadn't been partly hidden in the foreground foliage.

Very nice Japie with great colours - it is really beautiful. Lots of details in the plumage. Very nice composition.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-04 7:42]

WOW ! Fantastic bird, very nice color and great sharpness & impressive depth on field,

You did a great shot Japie, congrats !

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