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Oppie Toppie

Oppie Toppie
Photo Information
Copyright: Jannie Maritz (Jannie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-3.3 / 6-72, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-05 10:08
Viewed: 6291
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A mostly brown bird, with a dark head and yellow vent. It is commonly known as a "toppie". Size 20-22 cm - this bird is larger than a sparrow, but smaller than a Laughing Dove. Afrikaans: Swartoogtiptol

The bill is fairly short and straight. The bill, legs and feet are black and the eye is dark brown with a dark eye-ring, which is not readily visible.

Dark-capped Bulbul is mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. The back of the head merges into the brown of the back, and the chin is also blackish.

This is a one of the more common bird of the eastern regions of the country. It is found in woodland, coastal bush, forest edges, riverine bush, montane scrub and in mixed farming habitats. It is also found in exotic thickets, gardens and parks.

The Black-eyed Bulbul is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is a conspicuous bird, which tends to sit at the top of a bush. As with other toppies they are active and noisy birds.

This species eats fruit, nectar and insects.

The most typical call of this species is a lively sounding liquid call of klip, klop kollop and a variety of variations.

This species nests mainly from September to December. The nest is fairly rigid, thick walled and cup-shaped. It is situated inside the leafy foliage of a small tree or shrub.

Thanx for viewing and all the comments

fiyo, eruyanik, marjan, elefantino, ALIRIZA, aido, coasties, scottevers7, jcoowanitwong, SkyF has marked this note useful
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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-05 10:44]

Hello Jannie,
Excellent capture,
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours. TFS.

Hi Jannie,
So clooose and perfectly captured! Details, colours are great. How did you get it with FZ5? I thought you had to getting so close to him, cause 12x zoom is usually not enough to take a bird photos. Very well done on this one!

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-05-05 11:27]

Hi Jannie, nice shot with good coloures. Excelent notice about it.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-05-05 12:54]

Hello Jannie,

Another great picture from you :-)
I like the colours and the pov. The bg and dof are excellent too. In my opinion, I'll left a little bit more room around the bird (less crop). But it is a wonderful picture anyway!

Hi Jannie,
great picture of this common bird.
I see it many times during my trip in ZA.
Colors and details are great.
Well done.

Hi Jannie,
Perfect focus, very nice shot. POV, framing, lighting, composition and details are excellent. Thanks for sharing...
Ali Rıza

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-05 14:30]

Hi Jannie,
Excellent title. Great shot, nice detail and perfect colours, very natural. Nice work, enjoy your weekend!

Hi Jannie

This is a stunning shot. You have captured this extremely well. Good catchlight in the eye to bring it to life. Nice depth of colour and all the technical stuff is spot on! Nice one.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-05 17:54]

Bonjour Jannie!

Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails. Bravo pour la pose de l'oiseau et le bel éclairage.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Jannie,
Excellent fame filling composition. Colors are great in this soft light. Detail is tack sharp. Looks great!

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-06 2:34]

Interesting bird, Jannie. I think it is a first time for me.
Great POV and sharp details.
I like its punk hairdo.
TFS. : )

Very sharp and great pose. I like it. TFS

Hi Jannie,
Perfect capture of this "toppie". Nice looking bird and pose. Very appealing picture. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-06 10:18]

Hello Jannie,
a great shot, the pose is absolutly beautiful. The colors and sharpness are excellent. POV and composition just wonderful.

Hi Jannie,
Very nice bird, the picture is excellent, sharp details.
Thank you

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-23 22:31]

Hi Jannie
A lovely little bulbul, very well captured and presented.
The composition is great with the angled bougainvillea branch placing the bird right on the diagonal line. The colours are natural and the DOF is on the spot with lovely details visible. I like how the black eye stands out from the dark face. The BG is sufficiently removed to compliment the subject and the exposure was well managed.
Good work and TFS.

Met die langer lens kom jy voels by sien ek. :) Ek soek altyd 'n bietjie meer spaise in sy hokkie. Hy lyk so vasgevang in die raam. :) Sharpen jy die foto's, hoe??? Het jy noise reduction gebruik??

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