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Pycnonotus tricolor

Pycnonotus tricolor
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's Africa, Bulbul [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 8:53
Viewed: 5256
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Bulbul.
Genus is Pycnonotus.
A Pycnonotus tricolor. A Dark-capped bulbul or Blackeyed bulbul. The specie is not listed in the above mentioned Pycnonotus list though?

Photographed in the main restcamp Skukuza. Background and perch are part of the lush riverine vegetation along the Sabie River.

Another Dark-capped bulbul photo can be found on my site and in my Kruger National Park travelogue.

Lens was mounted on a monopod. IS on.
Post processing subsequentlt in Lightroom and Photoshop CS3.

File info (copied from DPP):

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
23/10/2007 08:33:18
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

Thank you for looking and have a nice day.

haraprasan, matatur, boreocypriensis, Luis52, maurydv, Jamesp, rcrick, gannu, horia, Alex99, schnoopie, Islander_, Adanac, anel has marked this note useful
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To satish_h: Thanks Satish,vanderschelden 1 04-26 10:22
To matatur: Thank you very much for your critique, Professovanderschelden 1 04-26 10:03
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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-26 9:02]

bonjour Annick,
tu ne nous a pas habitué à des publications d'oiseau, voici un manque comblé. Superbe netteté associée à une composition sobre, le tout sur un bg doux et uniforme.
well done

Hi Annick,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bird. A very nice composition with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A fine capture, the unavoidable result of your fine photography Annick, the nice bulbul specimen is depicted here in all its finery and regalia, from a good low POV, while a shallow DOF left the BG pleasantly OOF. Thank you for sharing this beautiful composition with us.

Hi Annick,
very nice image of the Bird... Bul Bul. For a change you have posted Bird picture:)
Good one, but if had turned to the left hand side, would have been much better. is in't it?

Hi friend Annick,
A lovely capture of this beauty. TFS.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-26 10:49]

Hola Annick.
Never seen this bird before, He has a beautiful colors and You have it here in a great pose. I also like the BG. Excellent light too.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-04-26 11:03]

Slm :)

Mukemmel bir çekim tebrik ederim.. Sevgilerimle..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-26 11:57]

Hallo Annick,
Wat een prachtige compositiekeuze. De tak met de blaadjes links in de hoek geeft de foto een fantastische diepte. Schitterende opname weer.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-04-26 12:44]

Hi Annick,
Well composed picture, nice colors and great sharp and detail

Bellissima composizione per la posa guardinga dell'uccello e questo magnifico BG, ottimi POV e DOF, molto buona la nitidezza e molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-26 13:23]

Hoi Annick

The focus, lighting and isolation of this bulbul are truly excellent - combined with excellent framing.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-26 14:03]

Very nice shot, Annick!
You've composed this expertly!
Superb sharpness and clarity.
The BG is perfect!
Very good exposure and light.
Well done!!!


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-26 17:43]

Hi Annick,
Very beautiful capture of the Bird. Colours and BG are perfect.

Hi Annick, lovely diagonal composition with wonderful bird, fantastic colors, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Annick,

Lovely shot of this little Bulbul, the light is wonderful, stunning detail well framed and composed. Really like the inclusion of the foliage in the lower left to balance the image, nice work mate.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-27 4:41]

Bonjour Annick,

Bravo pour cette belle photo. La composition est superbe et l'éclairage est parfait. Félicitation pour l'arrière plan qui met bien en valeur l'oiseau.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-04-27 7:58]

Hello Annick,
Nice composition and very good framing. The shot is superb and the pose of the bird looks natural. TFS Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-04-27 8:03]

Hi Annick

A great close-up again from you and that impressive (photo)trip to the KNP.
I really like the interesting composition here as well as the sharpness (impeccable as usual) on your subject.
The colors are also great - especially that bright yellow patch at its tail-base - but also the beautiful bokeh you have here in your BG.
Great work my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-27 8:05]

hello Annick
great capture of this beautiful and rare species
i like composition, POV, BG, light, colours and sharpness

Hi Annick,
I especially like the composition of this shot.
The image is very clear and with beautiful colors.
Sharpness is fine.
TFS Tatjana

Hi Annick,

I like this one more than the last one. Very beautiful shot and interesting light!

Thank you,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-28 0:25]

Hi Annick.
Blameless in every aspect picture of the charming bird and so beautiful twig. Colors are wonderful especially coloration and smoothness of the BG. Lights are great and shadows are very delicate and impressive too. Cropping is also the best. Bravo. Perfect work.

Hello Again Annick,
Excellent clarity for both stage and subject, the soft background creates a nice contrast from the foreground. Looks like matatur brought to your attention the bird looking to the right with little space off to the right already, but regardless the quality of the photo is perfect. Well done and TFS
Paul :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 20:08]

Heello Annick,
Wonderful composition with great details and colors. I like the out of focus background which isolates the subject well. The yellow flowers and bare branch perch are real bonuses, thanks my friend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-01 4:46]

Bonjour Annick,
Une image toute en finesse et bien composée. L'attitude de l'oiseau est touchante, il a l'air un peu interrogateur. Bel arrière-plan neutre aussi.
Meilleures salutations

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-11-05 0:09]

beautiful image! great composition, colors, focus!
very well done!


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