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Levaillant's Cisticola

By ShedMan  
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.


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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature General Africa Bird Close-up and macro Cisticola Wildlife and nature

Voters: VIKI, pluckyfilly, Alan_Baseley and 22 more

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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 7:30AM
gorgeous bird shot

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10 Mar 2010 7:37AM
Good capture,
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
10 Mar 2010 7:41AM
A fabulous capture, and in great surroundings. Carol
10 Mar 2010 8:49AM
Lovely capture, I like the natural setting with no feeding station set up. It should give you a great deal of satisfaction. Sylvia
Kai 9 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 9:03AM
great image-kai
8 10 10 England
10 Mar 2010 9:06AM
Beautiful image.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 9:29AM
Wonderful image.
Oliverpants 8 2 2 England
10 Mar 2010 10:12AM
Great shot. Ann
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2010 1:17PM
a very pretty one very nice capture indeed

ShedMan 11 3 2 South Africa
10 Mar 2010 1:25PM

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!

RonnieAG Plus
7 154 116 Scotland
10 Mar 2010 1:33PM
A lovely shot, Graeme, with good detail, a nice catch of light in the eye and in very natural surroundings.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
10 Mar 2010 2:11PM
So well detailed and pin sharp, a excellent capture.
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
10 Mar 2010 2:40PM
A lovely natural capture.
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
10 Mar 2010 5:27PM
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.
10 Mar 2010 9:44PM
Lovely well taken subject.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 9:19AM
This image should get alot more votes.
artcubis 9 6 United States
22 Nov 2010 11:21PM
Strange name for a little birdie like this.
Very detailed beautiful capture and surroundings.
Definitely deserves more votes.

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