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Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix): Habitat is grassland and savannah, usually associated with water. Breeds in reedbeds, sometimes crops. Common and widespread in Southern Africa. Highly gregarious. In display, males give a buzzing, chirping song; normal flight call is a 'cheet-cheet'.

I went back to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary this weekend, this time on my own. I was just about to leave the hide when this fellow showed up, so I unpacked my equipment again and took a few shots.

The photo is a little too grainy to my liking, but this is a sharp as I can get it without losing too much detail. It was taken at a focal length of 500mm, which equates to 750mm on the Nikon D100, but I still had to crop quite a lot. The bird is quite small, so you will have to get really close to get a sharper shot.

Anyway, I think that it may still be worthwhile to post, because I really like the symmetric pose of the bird. Also, it is busy "displaying" by puffing itself up and making a buzzing sound, which was very interesting to watch.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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