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Dark-capped bulbul

Dark-capped bulbul
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 55 - 300mm Zoom, UV filters
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-02 0:30
Viewed: 2685
Points: 40
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Distribution and habitat

It occurs across much of sub-Saharan Africa, from Chad to Ethiopia south to southern Africa. Here it is common to abundant across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Northern Botswana, the Caprivi Strip, the Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. It can occupy any habitat with adequate supply of fruiting trees and bushes, absent only from dense woodland or grassland with few bushes. It is particularly common in gardens, plantations and parks in and around human settlements.


Monogamous and territorial, with males defending their territories against other males by lowering their wings and head and chasing the intruder. If the confrontation escalates into a fight, the males viciously peck and scratch each other, sometimes interlocking their claws in mid flight and falling to the ground.
The female builds the nest, which is a tidy and well-built cup built of rootlets, dry grass and twigs with an outer layer of spider web, and lined with finer plant material. it is typically placed on a branch or slung between a few twigs, generally concealed towards the edge of the canopy, often found in suburban gardens.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-12-02 1:39]

hello Paul
excellent capture!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-12-02 1:49]

Hi Paul,
Splendid lights and very fine, colorful details on this photo!
Regards, Joska

a great photo, the performance is splendid!
regards, Nasos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-02 2:55]

Hi Paul,great capture whit the perfect light to see the details of the dark head,beautiful total sharpness and nice composition too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Pauly,
Très belle valorisation du sujet sous un bon angle de prise de vue et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Paul
super sharpness and great details
i like the light and the composition very much'
thanks greeting lou

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-02 8:43]

Another wonderful image, Paul!
Great sharpness and detail, splendid light and beautiful colours; perfect POV and nice background. A beauty!

Fantastic photo Pauly!! The composition, the BG, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

Fantástico trabajo Paul, de gran nitidez y luz bien controlada.
La parte oscura del plumaje de la cabeza muy bien captada.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hi Paul,
Beautiful capture of the Dark-capped bulbul in a very challenging pose. Well done. Superb sharpness and feather detail with the actual natural colours and a excellent POV. Great OOF BG. Well done my friend.
Best regards and enjoy the weekend.
I saw the Red eyed Bulbul in Etosha but just could not get a clear photo.

Ciao Paul, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, fantastic blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

great portrait, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-02 14:02]

Hello Pauly,
Superb photo of this Dark-capped Bulbul. Fantastic sharpness and details. Splendid light, colours, DOF, POV and composition. A beauty!
Have a nice weekend,

Wow....excellent capture from very close range....
Amazing details and very good sharpness. Lovely natural colors and exceptional clarity.
Outstanding composition and perfect exposure as you always do.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-02 14:50]

Bela foto com cores atraentes e nitidez e composição muito boa, belo trabalho de macro,um PV ótimo, meus parabéns por esta bela foto.

Very nice setting and good eye contact. Excellent detail and background. The yellow patch makes it a very good-looking bird.
regards yiannis

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-03 4:47]

Hi Paul,
Beautiful portrait of a nice bird. Gorgeous light and colours with sharpness details.
Excellent composition and blurred background.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Great shot Paul!
Excellent picture of this bulbul with fine details & sharpness.
Taken from a good POV & lovely soft BG. Nice composition too.
Well done & TFS.

Hello Pauly,
A wonderful image taken from ideal POV with great details and lovely colours. I like a lot the contrast between the bird and the blurred green BG. Well done!

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful Dark-capped bulbul. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition.

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