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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony PDX10
Exposure: f/1.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-09 8:57
Viewed: 5517
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Due to limitations of my equipment, I have been unable to get really crisp tack sharp pictures of wild birds. I have a collection of shots that I will post purely because I have nothing else. This is one of them, however it is one of the better ones.

White Browed Sparrow Weaver ( Koringvoel) Plocepasser mahali

Also known as the sociable weaver, these birds are +/- 18cm.

Easily identified by the distinct white markings on the head above the eyes as well as the white markings on their backs, which are visible whilst flying.
They move mostly in pairs but also move in swarms. Found mostly in bushveld, they construct huge nests all year from which they rarely move far away.

Males and females are identical.

I took this shot at a friends farm on the lawn of his garden. The birds were skittish and flew off for almost no reason at all but fortunately they came back again before the dogs scared them off for good.

Shooting detail.

Shooting details
Original Photo 1152 x 864
Cropped and resized for web
Camera - Sony DSR-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod No ( Handheld )
F/Length 43mm
F Number F/1.6
Exposure Time 1/425sec

Callie, miqra, NitzanCK, ellis49, mumek, Signal-Womb, red45, gerhardt, Luc, rlortie has marked this note useful
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Hi Williw
Every time I see what you can pull out of that camera of yours, I am amazed. This is not an easy bird to nail properly, I have tried shooting them, even got very good results, but they are still tricky to expose correctly, Well done here, POV is good too.

Great shot Wille.
With you limitation of equipment this is a Great image.
Most people should be very happy to get this quality with a real camera. Very good details. composition and colours.
Very well done.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-01-09 9:49]

What a sweet inocent looking little bird, I like your POV and also that you make up the lack of color of the bird with the bright background. Well done!

Hi Willie. I love your sparrow. Original POV, not usual to capture a bird. I imagine that's what a worm would see, just popping out! It's therefore a very lively photo. Great quality despite your equipment is more adapted to video. Very well done.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-01-09 10:37]

Not easy to shot these birds, bravo. I can see something in his beak?

Great shot Willie.
The colors are great and the composition is very good.
A soft focus but still a good photo.
Nice photo & note.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-09 13:16]

Though the focus is softer side,love the compostion and contrast colours.Not easy to get them,they seems tiny and very quick for any pose.Well done.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2005-01-09 13:54]

Very nice composition,colors and details.Very good capture.Interesting note.Thanks for posting

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-09 15:31]

It works if you say "pretty please". The POV here is excellent and the shot is nice and clear.

Ek wil vir my vrou 'n video kamera koop en het dadelik aan joune gedink, maar my hare het regop gestaan toe ek die prys sien - 'n pragtige stukkie toerusting.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Very nice looking sparrow Willie. The grassy BG makes a pleasant change. Good note.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-10 4:06]

What I like on your picture Willie is perfect DOF. Great bird with detailed BG with fresh green grass make the picture. Very good.

Excellent to ID this bird. I find these brown ones hard to ID. When I look at the shot it seems from the grass that the focal point is just behind the subject. F1.6 leaves you with a very narrow DOF. If you steooed down on the f-stop to F5 or F8 you could have had this sharper. Still you did a great job. Nice shot.

Il looks like talking! What do you think he wants to tell you? maybe some of the mistery?

Or maybe he grumble... "I hate the green" :-)

A very nice shot Willie, good note as always.
Well done.
Points tomorrow

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 11:36]

Willie, I like the shot. Composition, DOF and POV are nice. Besides, the bird is a cute one.

Great job.


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