2018-06-03: Monthly Project – Bird Photography

Part of the reason that I chose bird photography this month was to get out and enjoy the nice weather, as well as get familiar with a new lens I have purchased.  So at first glance it may not make any sense that today I’m posting images from my last trip.  I have gotten out a bit over the past couple of days and taken some bird images, and I have been really impressed with the lens so far.  But I’m already half way through Sunday and I haven’t had a chance to start editing, so rather than miss posting altogether or rushing my editing process, I decided to go for some bird images from my catalogue that I haven’t posted before.

I hope you enjoy my selections for this week, and next week I will be sharing some of our local birds.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

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We came across a very large sociable weavers nest while on a game drive through Etosha National Park.  There was a lot of activity in and out of the large communal nest, here one of the birds pauses in a more open spot where it is easier to see them.
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Up against the nest, the weaver is very camouflaged.
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The nest itself was so large it brought down one of the large branches of the acacia tree.
crimson breasted shrike
This crimson breasted shrike played hard to get for a photo; this was the best that I could do while driving through the Makgadikgadi Pans.
glossy starling
A beautiful glossy starling in early morning light.
lilac
My personal favourite, the lilac breasted roller.

Weavers

A friend of mine recently showed me some lovely photos she took of a Baltimore oriole, which inspired me to get to work on the photos I have of beautiful yellow birds – the southern masked weaver and spectacled weaver.

I was lucky enough to be able to watch the southern masked weavers crafting their nests in a tree in the back garden of the Wildlife ACT volunteer house at Zimanga, plus have them visit the water hole while we had time at the hides.

Enjoy!

A female southern masked weaver perched high in the branches in the back garden.  Not a great shot; I included it to show the difference between the male and female. 1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 450
A female southern masked weaver perched high in the branches in the back garden. Not a great shot; I included it to show the difference between the male and female.
1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 450
A southern masked weaver works on his nest upside down. 1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 280
A southern masked weaver works on his nest upside down.
1/320 sec, f5.6, ISO 280
The weaver makes a retreat after having a quick splash in the water. 1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
The weaver makes a retreat after having a quick splash in the water.
1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
A southern masked weaver flanked by a pair of cape glossy starlings.  I love the contrast between the colouring of the weaver and the starlings. 1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
A southern masked weaver flanked by a pair of cape glossy starlings. I love the contrast between the colouring of the weaver and the starlings.
1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
The early stages of the nest process.  The grasses are woven together with a great deal of intricacy. 1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 100
The early stages of the nest process. The grasses are woven together with a great deal of intricacy.
1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 100
Several southern masked weavers work on building the perfect nest. 1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 140
Several southern masked weavers work on building the perfect nest.
1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 140
A spectacled weaver eyes up the water hole before heading down for a drink. 1/2500 sec, f7.1, ISO 5000
A spectacled weaver eyes up the water hole before heading down for a drink.
1/2500 sec, f7.1, ISO 5000
A southern masked weaver perched above the watering hole. 1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250
A southern masked weaver perched above the watering hole.
1/1600 sec, f9.0, ISO 1250

Male southern masked weaver

Weavers

Along with the Southern Red Bishops, the Weavers kept me entertained and happily snapping away while they went about their business.  The amount of bird life was fabulous when we were in Zambia and as well for our day trip into Botswana.  Such an amazing variety of bird life, and such extraordinary colours and patterns on the feathers.  I can’t want to return!

A group of weavers alongside the Zambezi River.  One of them looks like it's trying to climb the grass, rather than fly to a new spot! 1/4000sec, f5.6, ISO400
A group of weavers alongside the Zambezi River. One of them looks like it’s trying to climb the grass, rather than fly to a new spot!
1/4000sec, f5.6, ISO400
I haven't been able to figure out what type of weavers these are, but they were in abundance in the tall grasses next to my room at Royal Chundu. 1/640sec, f5.6, ISO200
I haven’t been able to figure out what type of weavers these are, but they were in abundance in the tall grasses next to my room at Royal Chundu.
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO200