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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Yellow Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 5:42
Viewed: 4769
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture while I was heaving breakfast, and a little bit dark on the background. But never the less I hope you like it.
Thanks for looking

Ref,. Out of Wikipedia free encyclopedia

The Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) is a resident breeding bird species in much of sub-Saharan Africa, and has been introduced to Haiti.
This very abundant species occurs in a wide range of open habitats, including open woodlands and human habitation, and frequently forms large noisy colonies in towns, villages and hotel grounds.
This weaver builds a large coarsely woven nest made of grass and leaf strips with a downward facing entrance which is suspended from a branch in a tree. 2-3 eggs are laid. This is a colonial breeder, so many nests may hang from one tree.
The Village Weaver is a stocky 15-17cm bird with a strong conical bill. The breeding male has a black head and bill and chestnut nape. The upperparts and wings are yellow and black, and the underparts are yellow.
The non-breeding male has a yellow head with an olive crown, grey upperparts and whitish underparts. The wings remain yellow and black.
The adult female has streaked olive upperparts, yellow and black wings, and pale yellow underparts. Young birds are like the female but browner on the back.
Village Weaver feeds principally on seeds and grain, and can be a crop pest, but it will readily take insects, especially when feeding young, which partially redresses the damage to agriculture.
The calls of this bird include harsh buzzes and chattering.

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Nice catch Vivian lovely colours and well composed great POV good details tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Vivian,
Interesting shot; a beautiful bird.
However like you said a bit dark in the background; IMO that doesn't really matter. Though I wonder why this backround is dark; due to a blurred huge tree?
I wonder if your lens was a bit condensed?
Overall well done; especially the compo is great.

Hi Vivian, great shot, good detail of the feathers. The black BG actually helps the subject stand out. Well done

Hi Vivian,
that's a wonderful moment, I love the yellow bird and it realy seams it was asking something ;-) Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi vivian,
lovely post,
the main object is in good contrast with the dark bg,
well composed shot,
nice saturated colour tones, good loghting,
beautiful framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wow this looks like a staged photo with that black background Viv!

He stands out well against the BG even his head though obviously harder to make out than the bright yellows of the body. I love your composition and the detail captured. Their nests look incredibly complex and hard work! I imagine this one is quite comfortable with your being around. You're very lucky to see such beautiful, interesting birds.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-20 7:51]

Hi Vivian.
Next your amazing of pictured scene shot. Excellent composition, vivid colours and perfect details. Your use of spot metering mode is excellent. DOF is shallow a bit, but POV is wonderful. Well done and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-20 7:51]

Hi Vivian,
You bring us another wonderful capture, this one has good details and fantastic colors and a neat scene of this bird hanging at the entrance to its nest.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-20 10:48]

Hello Vivian,
Great capture.POV,lighting,BG,pose of bird and details are excellent.TFS

What an interesting view point, Vivian!
The image has come out very well with fine details and colours.
The dark BG suits it.
Best regards,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-20 11:54]

Hi Vivian.
Amazing pose and colors.I like shining eyes on black head.Great contrast and perfect sharpness.POV and composition are simply splendid.
Excellent capture! TFS and best greetings.

Hi Vivian,
Looks like very difficult exposure, but you managed well here..Cool POV & I like the composition :)
Well done.

Hi Vivin,
I really like this shot with the dark bckround. Yes it does not show the blck plumage on the head so well, but the overall effect is very dramatic. It shows the vibrant yellow plumage very well. A great composition nd pose. Well done.

Hi Vivian,
Very nice capture. I like the colours of this small bird. Excellent composition, POV and great details. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-05 15:08]

Hi Viv,

A great compo,I like this against the dark BG,well composed and TFS


Hi Vivian,
Nice shot, nice moment.
Well done

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