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Another one bites the dust ...

A female 'lesser masked weaver'  caught a catterpillar.  A biggie by her own size (she is sparrow size) and it kept wriggling and she kept hitting it against the grass stems.  Bloody business I would say, wot.  The dark spots on the grass stems and on her beak are catterpillar 'blood' spots.

The birds I have shown so far on my site are all rather easy to classify.  This is an example of one of the more difficult ones.  We have around 9 different types of yellow weaver birds - the males are easier, but the females are difficult.  The colours of the eye and beak finalised the categorisation in this case.  In winter the male will look just like this one, but with a black beak.  In summer the male wears a black mask.

The work week is now going the same way than the catterpillar.  Enjoy your weekend!

comments (36)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Jan 2008, 03:12
That looks like a very ample lunch. Great action shot!
Louis: Thanks Martin. Very ample smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2008, 05:03
This is some perfect picture, the DOF is just fabulous, but I think the little fella will have enough for breakfast/luch/supper grin
Louis: Thanks Astrid, it was lunch.
Wow, well done Louis ! A greedy one, it seems ! smile Spectacular !
Louis: Thanks Florence. I think every birds has its day, just like the dogs.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 11 Jan 2008, 05:50
Wow great action shot Louis.
Louis: Thanks Aussie. She kept me busy as she was fervently working that catterpillar.
  • Ferdi
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jan 2008, 06:34
This is a briliant photo Louis ! Not many times you can catch them at lunch !
Louis: Thanks Ferdi. One should just hang out at the cafeteria smile
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was an elefantbird... ;-)
Nice actionshot.
Louis: Thanks Frank. Crazy man grin
  • Stan
  • 11 Jan 2008, 08:18
A bit soft but an well timed capture
Louis: Thanks Stan. She kept me guessing as she was fervently working that catterpillar.
A great catch for you both smile
Louis: Thanks Magnus. I think she enjoyed it the most.
Superb action shot Louis. Great lighting and DOF. Enjoy tour week end too
Louis: Thanks for the comment Richard.
Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Fantastic shot, Louis.
Louis: Thanks Mary. Right place and right time is the truth of it.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2008, 10:26
Smakkelijk eten! Het is nu middag, tijd om te eten! Wat voor een vet lekker worm! De groene-gele zachte kleuren vind ik heel mooi. Thanks for your always informative ecxplanation, too!
Louis: Bedankt Philine. Smakelijk inderdaad. Maar dat mag ze van mij.
  • Dunico
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jan 2008, 11:13
Now thats value for money, please send it to all our restaurants. Great shot!!
Louis: Thanks Dunico. I'll stay away from those restaurants smile Long time no see?
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 11 Jan 2008, 11:13
LOL at Astrid and Frank. HAHAHA.

I have NEVER seen a capture of a bird (and meal) like this in my life, Louis (and I'm old, remember!). WOW. You should enter it in some kind of bird-eating contest!!!
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. Are you going to be in Atlanta the week of 10 March?
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Jan 2008, 11:26
That is a great picture, Louis.
Louis: Thank you ray
  • alex
  • Idaho
  • 11 Jan 2008, 13:48
this really is a fabulous shot louis. really amazing. nice to see a colorful bird instead of all the drab brown ones we get here. smile
Louis: Thanks alex. We have many drabs and fortunately many colourfuls as well. The drabs we call LBJ (little brown jobs) smile
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 11 Jan 2008, 13:54
wow, super shot Louis and such detailsmile
Louis: Thank you tim
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 11 Jan 2008, 15:09
Enjoy your meal little bird !!!
Louis: Thanks Ann - she did.
nice timely capture!
Louis: Thank you kairospix. You have some great portraits on your site.
Great capture
Louis: Thanks Obioma
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jan 2008, 15:53
what can one say but brilliant. the usual bird shots are not overly exciting, but this is great. You reckon she can fly after that size steak? Elephantbird indeed smile
Louis: Thanks liam. I guess it would like you and me having to eat a 2kg steak. But you may have noticed that she has quite an exhaust for such a little body. smile
Incredible. It used to be trees on shutterchance but now the trend is for things that fly. Great shot, Louis
Louis: Thanks Chad. I am sure the trend will follow the way of all trends smile
Now that`s what you call an action shot! Great colour and detail, too. (:o)
Louis: Thanks for the comment Rosalyn
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 11 Jan 2008, 19:18
LOL at the previous comments Louis this is a great shot.smile
Louis: Thanks Tracy - there are some whitty comments smile
  • Nigel Clack
  • a puddle in Gloucester
  • 11 Jan 2008, 20:20
Excellent timing.
Louis: Thanks Nigel. I watched Gloucester playing the Ospreys yesterday. I am not sure who hosted, but it was very wet.
  • GL@
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2008, 21:06
Geweldadig beestje.

Misschien is hij getuige geweest van een drama in 2005 met een mijnmagnaat in de hoofdrol? En daarom ietwat gewelddadig..
Andere hoofdrolspeler heeft (S) heeft voorlopig zijn pet niet meer nodig. Wel heeft ie wat uit te leggen zo ik vernam. Dat dan weer wel.
Louis: Bedankt Giep. Drama hè? De pet kan maar in de bak van mij smile
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jan 2008, 23:01
Woo, that's a darned good shot Louis.
Louis: Thanks for this comment Ellie
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 12 Jan 2008, 00:00
What the others have said - a terrific wildlife portrait.
Louis: Thanks for this comment Dave
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Jan 2008, 00:18
Great capture by you and the bird
Louis: Thanks vintage. I think she enjoyed it the most.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jan 2008, 09:55
I'm speechless Louis. Fabulous, stunning I could go on and on.
Louis: Thank you Scarlet. If you are whistling a good tune, no need to stop tongue
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 13 Jan 2008, 13:33
lovely...great greens...
Louis: Thank you PhotoSam
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 13 Jan 2008, 16:55
Great moment to capture!
Louis: Thanks for the comment Jewlya
  • Ogonna
  • London
  • 13 Jan 2008, 19:07
Wonderfully taken Louis... Happy new yr my friend
Louis: Thank you Ogonna. Long time no see. Happy new year to you and the loved ones too.
Wow! It was the moment just! Bravo!
Louis: Thanks Josè-Angel
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 16 Jan 2008, 15:37
With your 500, and so sharp...I wish I could do this smile Great timing...and summer ohhhhh
Louis: Your summer will come, and so will our winter (snif). Thank you Aksel.
Wow ! Wonderful nature shot --> Bravo !
Louis: Thanks Zebigleb. It is a bit different from a bird that is just perching there.
I don't disagree with this blog post..

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