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Are you alright dear?

Are you alright dear?
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nests of Birds, Birds of Southern Africa, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, Interacting birds, The best photo on TN? [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-27 13:28
Viewed: 7044
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Masked Weaver
Ploceus velatus

Also known as: Afrikaans: Swartkeelgeelvink, English: Masked-Weaver, Vitelline Masked Weaver, German: Maskenweber, French: Tisserin à tête rousse.

ploceus: Greek plok(, a web or anything woven (plokos means a braid or wreath).
velatus: Latin, covered or veiled (from velo, to cover or veil).

I feel about these birds as Gert does about his ducks. I now have three breeding males in my garden. This photo is of one of them checking up on one of his two “wives” to ensure all is well.

The breeding season runs from July to April (mainly September-February) throughout South Africa; often earlier in suburban areas than rural areas because of available building material. Nest building may continue into May. With up to eight successful broods per season for each polygamous male.

The nest is a neat rounded oval woven by male of strips of grass and reed leaves. It has a vertical entrance with or without a tube 8-12 mm long. Its lined by the female with grass inflorescences and leaves. The nest is usually attached to drooping branch of tree or between upright reed stems, over water when available; at almost any height above water or ground. Nests not accepted by female are destroyed by the male only. (It is commonly believed in SA that the female destroys the nests)

Sorry for the short note, but a lot has been posted on this birdie (I have posted it three times before) and I am running out of things to say. :)

Technical data
Time of day: 5:25 PM
Weather conditions: Sunset
Focal length: 190mm
Flash: Canon Speedlight 550, Patterned
Camera mode: Aperture priority
Photoshop CS: Cropped, USM (300%, 0.5, 0), Saturation +10, Framed.

azulu, Callie, liquidsunshine, pompey, PDP, marhowie, mogens-j, ellis49, Nico, deud, Janice, red45, Rwellin, milloup, extramundi has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To elizemeijer: Distance from subject...gerhardt 1 01-31 02:53
To PDP: Hanging around...gerhardt 1 01-28 08:56
To sergegagne: IS & tripod...gerhardt 1 01-28 00:44
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  • Great 
  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-27 13:36]

Just fantastic photo Gerhard. Excellent composition whith very nice colours and sharpness. This a beautiful moment whith beautiful bird. Very good job.



Great shot Grehard.
I think the Weavers like their house, nice view and fresh air.
Great details, very good POV, composition and colours.
A excellent and informative note.
Great work.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-27 13:51]

Very good POV Gerhardt. She seems very happy in her newly built house so the male needed destroy and rebuild it. He is obviously an old campaigner. You say he has two wives, well all I can say is " some guys just don't learn now, do they."

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-27 13:58]

VERY NICE, Gerhard, no nits, goos picture of these two, like the accacia flowers in the nest - is hierdie twee blomkinders uit die sestigs?

This is an awesome shot Gerhard. I love the way the nest hangs from from the tree.
The colours and detail are perfect.
Really spectacular shot.
Thanks for posting

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-27 14:39]

Great shot Gerhard, they have a beautiful nest (it's even got flowers).
This is a lovely moment you have caught here.
Lovely capture, great note, well done.

Beautiful colours and great scene!
This is very nice nest. I think that my sparrows should take some lessons from this fellows cause they make their nests mostly from strings, scraps of fabric and any other quite strange and not very nice things ;-)

Love Story! This beautiful shot carries many meanings and could be used by advertising companies for a multitude of customers. A shot full of hope. The flowers also make the image. Poster quality! Very well catched, Gerhard.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-27 16:22]
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Lovely shot Gerhard, how long did you have to 'hang around' to get this one? I like scene against the blue sky. Very nice work.

Great capture Gerhard! Great use of flash to fill the front of the nest & mother. Sharp & detailed..None of my branches to distract! ;-)
Like the title alot (the ball & chain thing) Ha, ha! Great blue sky, well done my friend!!

Beautiful photo, Gerhard. Great composition and use of the fill flash. Please tell me, with your IS lens, is it true that you can really do without a tripod most of the times? Great work, and thanks for sharing the result with us.

Great capture Gerhard. I love the composition and the picture is very clear - meaning plenty of details. I have seen these birds only on TV (I think by David Attenborrough) but very interesting. As I said - it is a lovely composition with the tweak and the nest. Large cute-factor and very pleasant to look at. Great not to follow.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-28 3:41]

Excellent! Een van die beste voel-foto's wat ek nog gesien het.
The point of view with all distractions avoided focuses beautifully on the subject. And she looks, o, so spoilt today!
I like!

Great and interesting photo! I really love a description ;-) It would be wonderful to be so loved like this "wife" in nest :-)
Good job!

Dis pragtig !!!! How far were you away from him ?? Look how pretty the nest is with the yellow flowers. She definitely wanted a colour-coded house ;)


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-28 4:19]

What a beautiful nest. What wife wouldn't want such a home with flowers and green leaves decorating it like this. I love it. Great shot Gerhard - colours, compo, details, and 2 happy little birds. TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-28 4:29]

Masterpiece Gerhard. Nest is piece of art. Two birds and emotions between it. Blue sky. Quality. Everything is superb. To favs.

Fantastic shot Gerhard, colours, sharpness, POV... Nit a nit.
Very well done.

Beautiful photo, nearly perfect.
Very well done!

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-01-28 9:38]

How sweet....I love the way the blue contrasts with the green and gold of the birds, well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-28 12:06]

Prachtig man, schitterende capture, dat is een ding dat zeker is. Fantastic composing shot, very good pof and a great dof, the point of view is fantastic, great job.

Well, I'm late commenting, so it's all been said, really. I'll just add, then, that he seems to be a good provider, he even saw to it that missus has a flower garden right outside the front door ;-))

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-29 8:26]

AMAZING Shot Grehard.Nice POV,and composition.11/10.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-01-29 11:53]

Fantastic photo! I like these birds. Your shot is perfect, we see the male and his wife. I see also some mimosa at LH.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-30 16:39]

Wat 'n skoot Gerhard!

The POV here is perfect and the lighting superb. It just shows that we do not have to go far to get stunning shots like these.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-31 4:39]

amazing shot! the composition is great. light and colours are nice.

On the rush critic..Very nice pic, a bit soft but very well managed. TFS.

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