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The Weaver

The Weaver
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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: 2006-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Canon Extender EF 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 2, Yellow Birds, uMkhuze Game Reserve 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-21 4:46
Viewed: 7824
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow Weaver
Ploceus subaureus

Also known as the African Golden Weaver.

The Weavers are small passerine birds related to the finches. These are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills, most of which breed in sub-Saharan Africa, with fewer species in tropical Asia and also in Australia. The weaver group is divided into the buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black, some species show variation in colour only in the breeding season.

Weaver birds, also known as weaver finches, get their name because of their elaborately woven nests (the most elaborate of any birds'), though some are notable for their selective parasitic nesting habits. The nests vary in size, shape, material used, and construction techniques from species to species. Materials used for building nests include fine leaf-fibers, grass, and twigs. Many species weave very fine nests using thin strands of leaf fiber, though some, like the buffalo-weavers, form massive untidy stick nests in their colonies, which may have several spherical woven nests within. The sparrow weavers of Africa build apartment-house nests, in which 100 to 300 pairs have separate flask-shaped chambers entered by tubes at the bottom. Most species weave nests that have narrow entrances, facing downward.

The weavers are gregarious birds which often breed colonially. The birds build their nests together, often several to a branch. Usually the male birds weave the nests and use them as a form of display to lure prospective females. The weaver bird colonies may be found close to water bodies. They sometimes cause crop damage, notably the Red-billed Quelea, reputed to be the world's most numerous bird.

I have disabled the points system so please do not waste your smileys on me. A comment would be most welcome. :)

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To Proframe: Thanx for the kind words...gerhardt 1 05-28 08:33
To ellis49: Hello MF,gerhardt 1 02-21 05:14
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Hi Gerhard,
Composition, colors, lighting and the pose you caught is very nice.
PS: I never thought of writing critiques and giving points to the photos I like as "wasting my smileys". So I'm rating this, sorry :o)

  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2007-02-21 5:01]
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Hej Gerhard.
long time no see ;-(
It's great to see a post from you again mmy friend.
The picture is lovely with a very nice compostion and POV.
Good details and I really like the light and the colours.
Beautiful work.

It has become a real winter after a long period of warm and grey days. It's has snowing quite hard in three days now.

Hi Gerhard

Great to see a post from you, and what a beauty it is. Nicely timed to get this bright wee fellow with the leaf in its beak. The clarity and sharpness are both excellent. Love that lens, and with an extender. Wow.... 700mm focal length, that's awesome. Thank you my friend! :-)

PS: I too am giving points as this is a true work of art!

Hi Gerhard,
that shot is marvelous, I love this brilliant colours and the nice moment, he has a nice snack! Wonderful work with excellent sharpness, thank you and greetings from the cold Germany
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Good work, Gerhard.
Nice colours, good composition,...

hi gerhard!
beautiful picture on this
very fine bird!
sharp with fine pov and
good composition
well done!

Gerhard this is a great photo!

I love the timing on this one getting the weaver tugging at that plant. Fantastic sharpness and the background is mint. The yellows have come up really well and composition good.


Hola Gerhard,
Bellisima imagen de agradables colores y gran nitidez, la composición, la luz y el fondo son excelentes. Saludos

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-21 6:42]

Very beautiful shot,what a colourful bird,nice POV&compositon.

hi gerhard,
lokks like the weaver is being paid for this assignment, what a lovely pose you have got here,
well composed shot, nice pov,
lovely colour tones,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Gerhard,
A superb shot on this Yellow Weaver. Your composition and framing on the shot is flawless. The long lens has done an outstanding job seperating him from the OOF backround. Colors and detail look really great. Nice camera work!

Hi Gerhard
Composition & colors are really nice. Beautiful bird well presented.

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-02-21 9:02]

Hello Gerhard!
Nice composition, great colors and definition.
Good model :)
Well Done,

Hello Gerhard,
Wonderful moment you've captured here.
Wonderful colors and background.
Nice and clear shot.
Well done

Hello Gerhard
Excellent moment to shoot,
Nice colors and sharpness,
Great POV, Welldone.


Nicely done! Great color and detail. Excellent composition. A definite keeper.

Speaking of photogenic!
Excellent image Gerhard.
Not just a pretty bird on a branch..It's doing something & artfully composed.
Very Well done mf.
PS - I know we're not in it for the points anymore, but ya can't escape the psychology of that big green smile.
So I hope you don't mind if I just go ahead and waste one of em' ;}

Hello Gerhard,

well done excllent colors Bg POV DOF perfect detail svery crisp Nily composed and captured photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

bonjour gerhard
bien sur j'aime les couleurs et le POV.
les details et la netteté mais j'aime aussi l'action de cet oiseau en train d'eplucher la feuille.

A terrific shot, Gerhard
Love the framing. Pose, detail, color and sharpness are first rate ...

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2007-02-21 12:42]

Bonsoir Gerhard,
Remarquable image d'une qualité exceptionnelle ! Tout à fait excellent. Félicitations.

Hi Gerhard,
Nice capture!
I like colors and compo. The moment is interesting too.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-22 7:40]

Luminosa y colorida imagen amigo mío con excelente foco y agudeza, creando una estética composición realzada por el perfecto OOF y el adecuado encuadre que elegiste para su presentación.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Luminous and colorful image my friend with excellent focus and sharpness, creating an aesthetic composition enhanced by perfect OOF and the appropriate framing that you chose for their presentation.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-22 13:28]

Hello Gerhard , Fantastic shot from the bird , great sharpnes compositie details colours and bg ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-22 17:30]

Gerhard, easy to notice you've been doing a great job with your 500mm.

I do enjoy colors and saturation; besides, great bg and "pose".

A great moment; a great photo.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-22 20:05]

Superbe photo,l'action de l,oiseau avec cette brindille au bec est superbe et l'oiseau est très joli.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-22 23:51]

What an absolutely perfect shot, Gerhard.
Love the blade of grass in the beak.
Beautiful color contrast between the bright yellow and the green.
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-25 3:19]

Hi Gerhard,
A really neat and pure image. Bird has the right size, exact exposure, fine details and is abolutely isolated from the background. A nice pose, a dynamic composition and a excellent note make a complete, aesthetic and technically perfect photo.
TFS, José M.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-28 22:46]
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Hi Gerhard

It is amazing to see the degree of damage and havoc these weavers can muster up since they nest in my garden and what this guy is doing with that leaf they are doing to my palms. Needless to say that after a breeding season it looks like all my palms were exposed to a landmine blast as the leaves are shredded and tattered.

Anyway, you’ve captured this guy well in the act. The BG makes the bird and the vegetation stand out nicely. The details and colours are stunning and the exposure was perfect.

Good work and TFS.

Well Gert you captured this one doing what it does best. Excellent lighting with very nice details. :)

Hi Gerhard,
Nice brilliant colours.
Wonderful work with excellent sharpness.


Fantastically beautiful Gerhard.
That does not just count for this image, but for your entire portfolio.
I just cant find enough words to tell you how superbe it is.
Can and will spend hours to take a look at all your magnificent images.
Thanks for sharing. It's a real pleasure to view them over and over again.
Best regards, Harry

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-07-20 6:10]

amazing shot! great action! outstanding colors and focus. tfs

Hello Gerhard.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

great capture, TFS Ori

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