Southern Masked Weaver, Namibia

NOVEMBER 2006 – A Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) sits on a tree branch near Otjiwarongo, Namibia. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Who would have thought that you’d find this stunningly beautiful bird, a Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus), right next in the garden of our accommodation for the night? Sometimes you don’t have to visit the great National Parks to see and experience wildlife.

I really like the colors of the shot: the bright yellow body of the bird contasts well with its surrounding, and the red flower highlights the black head of the bird. It almost looks like it is a part of the bird.

The bird was quite far away, but thanks to the 100-400 mm “Bazooka” I could still get a decent shot that I slightly cropped to get to the frame above, a result I could have achieved without cropping by using a body with a smaller sensor (e.g., the 1D mark II).

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time27-NOV-2006, 17:37
LocationOtjibamba Lodge, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/320 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3719 x 2362 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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