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Every now and then a bird will oblige by posing for you. This Levaillant's Cisticola came and sat on a grass stem about 2m away from me, facing into the sun. It posed there just long enough for me to get four good shots. This is the best of them.

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P.S. Other than cropping (1200 x 900) and resizing to 600 x 450, the only post processing was a little noise reduction and very minor sharpening - everything else is as it came off the camera.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Sigma 70-300 APO DG
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Levaillant's Cisticola
Username:ShedMan ShedMan
Uploaded:10 Mar 2010 - 7:12 AM
Tags:Africa, Bird, Cisticola, Close-up / macro, General, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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Votes:25
Voters:VIKI · pluckyfilly · Alan_Baseley · CarolG · bokeh · Silverzone · mex · Kai · EMJAYCEE · Brian65 · Oliverpants · crookymonsta · Mynett · HuntedDragon · RonnieAG · Bob_V · AnneWorner · phil19belfield · Shroomer · rpba18205 · maratsuikka · jeanmarie · SteveMoulding · artcubis · richmowil ·
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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 8342 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 7:30 AM

gorgeous bird shot

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley Plus Member 13338 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 7:37 AM

Good capture,
Alan

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 7:41 AM

A fabulous capture, and in great surroundings. Carol

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Silverzone
10 Mar 2010 - 8:49 AM

Lovely capture, I like the natural setting with no feeding station set up. It should give you a great deal of satisfaction. Sylvia

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Kai
Kai Plus Member 7Kai vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 - 9:03 AM

great image-kai

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 9:06 AM

Beautiful image.
Joan.

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Brian65
Brian65 Plus Member 6Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 - 9:29 AM

Wonderful image.
Brian

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Oliverpants
10 Mar 2010 - 10:12 AM

Great shot. Ann

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Mynett
Mynett Plus Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 1:17 PM

a very pretty one very nice capture indeed

Linda

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ShedMan
ShedMan  9 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 1:25 PM


Quote: Lovely capture, I like the natural setting with no feeding station set up. It should give you a great deal of satisfaction. Sylvia

Thank you, Sylvia, it does give me great satisfaction because this is such a small bird (about the size of a wren) and it's not often you get this close to them in the wild. Funnily enough, it was me who was at the feeding station! We had arrived at Northern Farm (Diepsloot Nature Reserve, near Johannesburg) just after 6am and had stopped by a small lake to eat our breakfast. As I leaned against the car to photograph birds on the lake, this little guy appeared in the grass right in front of me. Right place, right time I guess!

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RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 1:33 PM

A lovely shot, Graeme, with good detail, a nice catch of light in the eye and in very natural surroundings.
Ronnie.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 2:11 PM

So well detailed and pin sharp, a excellent capture.
Bob

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AnneWorner
10 Mar 2010 - 2:40 PM

A lovely natural capture.
Anne

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Shroomer
Shroomer  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 5:27 PM

It is very evident that you used Noise Reduction as the breast plumage appears soft and the sharpness has vanished leaving the bird soft. Also try to leave more space in front of the bird to give it room.
Richard

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rpba18205  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2010 - 9:44 PM

Lovely well taken subject.
RJ

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Brian65
Brian65 Plus Member 6Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 - 9:19 AM

This image should get alot more votes.
Brian

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artcubis
artcubis  7 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2010 - 11:21 PM

Strange name for a little birdie like this.
Very detailed beautiful capture and surroundings.
Definitely deserves more votes.
Catherine

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