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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-04 5:03
Viewed: 2928
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I have reached the 500th mark today -- In less than two years since I joined TN.
I dedicate this humble and amateurish bird picture to all of you. I know I am not much of a bird photographer. It was just by chance that while I was chasing butterflies this October, I saw this Red-vented Bulbul sitting on the railing of the garden fence. Without much fore-thought about camera settings, I just took aim and clicked. It turned out to be over-exposed and I had to resort to quite a few adjustments while editing it on CS2.
Why I chose it to be posted as my 500th, I just don't know.

I am yet to do serious and purposeful bird photography. Rathika is an experienced and gifted bird photographer stationed in New Delhi and I intend to request her to teach me how to take respectable bird pictures.
Anyway, here is a brief note on this species of birds:

The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Myanmar and southwestern China, and has been introduced to Fiji and Hawaii. It is also common in urban parts of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
This is a bird of scrub, open forest, plains and cultivated lands. It builds its nest in a bush; two or three eggs are a typical clutch.
Red-vented Bulbul is about 20cm in length, with a long tail. It has brown or black upperparts, with a white rump. The breast is brown or black, and the rest of the underparts are white apart from the red around the vent. The head and small crest are black.
Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like.
There are a number of regional variations in plumage, mainly with respect to the upperparts and breast colour. Red-vented Bulbuls feed on fruit, nectar and insects.
The Red-vented Bulbul is incapable of synthesizing vitamin C. It shares this feature with a very limited number of other animals, among which are certain fruit bats and primates (including humans) as well as the guinea pig.


My sincere thanks to all of you for your support, guidance and advice since I joined TN in January 2006.
I also thank you for bearing with me, especially in the recent past, for my frequent absences and unintended rudeness of not being able to respond to your generous critiques on my pictures.
God bless you all!

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hello sir,

i am glad that i am online when you posted your 500th shot, its almost double then what i have done here, this is a lovely dedication and i am pleased for sure for this one as its dedicated to me too ( i 2 m your tn buddy :-))

this red vented bulbul shot is a nice one to be your 500th post, precise dof, pleasing composition, good lighting, simple but effective framing,

looking forward to many more 100s from you dear sir (gurudev)

warm regards


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2007-12-04 5:20]

Hello Ram!

Big congratulations for your 500th post and great work on TN! Time runs so fast...

Very nice photography to celebrate such anniversary. I like DOF and brown colours. Composition is also great - I like element behind bird - it looks like big dome of mosque or church.

Congratulations once agai I hope next 500 from you :-)

Hello Ram
Congratulations on your 500th post. You are one of the most important members of TN - great, photos, great notes, great comment and critiques and last but not least great spirit ;-)
Beautiful photo for this special occasion delicate colors, very nice composition
I am waiting for another 500 :-)
Very best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-04 5:49]

Hi Ram

Congratulations on your 500 posting my friend. A lovely shot of this perky Bulbul. I think you have captured the spirit of the inquistive species in this shot. Great pose.


Hi Ram,
I'm sure you're able to do algo great bird photography too.
This one is a very clear one and pretty well detailed of the Bulbul. The only nit I would try to avoid is the element just behing the bird, but I know the bird moves so fast than probably this one the only shot you did.
I want to congratulate for your prolific contribution to TN and hoping to see the new additions to come.
Warm regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-04 6:00]

Hi, dear Ram.
You are great friend and excellent photographer. You are key person of out TN family, its heart, soul and conscience. My warm congratulations and many thanks for all.

I like this very cute subject, precise DOF and nice reproduction of so attractive birdy at town surroundings. My best wishes and Bravo. Bravo for every your shot and heart comments.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Ram,
Nice gift you gives to us TNers, and is special to celebrate your 500th picture that is not a lesser thing. Thanks for sharing friend

Hi Ram,
Congratulations to your 500th post. A perfect picture for this occasion. Lovely pose. POV and composition are great. Very well done and tfs.

hi ram; cangrast you 500. photo well done

Although I have only "known" you for 7 months, I have quite the respect for your work and photos..A very fine presentation on your 500th..and may there be another 500...

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-04 7:25]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations on reaching 500 and many thanks for all the fine captures you've posted for us to see! Your contributions both in pictures and words are very valuable to us here on TN. Best of luck with your bird photography and I look forward to seeing many more posts from you.
This is a lovely capture of the Bulbul in a fine pose and beautiful soft colours.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-04 8:14]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations to your 500th post.
Very nice capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-04 8:14]

500 is a lot of images on TN and I am glad that I have been able to enjoy a large proportion of them. I have also enjoyed reading your notes. This, together with your postings has made you one of the most eminent and appreciated contributers to this site and I hope that you will continue to delight us with many more in the future.
This capture of a young Red-vented Bulbul is excellent and a good choice to mark the occasion. The sharpness, colours and composition are all first class, as are the lighting and the bokeh BG that set it off very nicely.
Thanks and all the best to you,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-04 9:00]

Hello Ram,
congrulations on posting your 500th photo here on TN!
That is a loooooot!
Great image to commemorate this day.
Very good composition, good POV and I like the pose.
Well done my friend.
I look forward to millions more posts from you :D

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-04 10:48]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations with your 500th posting. And nice to do this with this bird, dedicated to all of us. Thanks. The bird is excellent in sharpness and detailed colours. Very good composition, pose and composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6573 W: 89 N: 15656] (65477)
  • [2007-12-04 11:10]

thanks for share us your 500 first class pics,happy TN birthday!!! Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-04 11:13]

Hi Ram. Congratulations on 500 postings . This is a fine close up of the fine bird shot. you have cptured it with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.
keep the coming.

Hello Ram!
And here are my best CONGRATULATIONS!!! 500th post is the great moment to celebrate! :)
And you did it with nice bird picture :)
Interesting composition, nice details and colours, and - as always - the note is very informative.
Well, what can I say more? I wish you another 500 posts!!! :>
Friendly yours,

Hi Ram,
Congratulations on posting 5oo photos!
Thats a lot of photos. I've been on TN for over 3 years but still haven't posted that many.(Of course I was absent for a while when my wife left and I went into depression - a lot can happen in 3 years).
Hope you'll be with us for at least another 500

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-04 15:15]

Hola Ram,
felicidades por los 500 trabajos,
hermosa captura y sensacional foco y pov,

Hello Ram,
Thought I'd just pop by to wish you a well deserved congratulations. Your participation & contributions to TN have been a blessing to us all..

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-12-04 17:02]

Hi my frien NR. 500 brawo
You have capter a good shot again as usual. Good composition. Good colours, light and POV.
I dont have the time i hade before so Im only in fast wisit her some time.It take so much of my time to write in English so usualy i just send up one shot now and then and enjoy of yours beautiful pictures you send up.Hope we can see your 600 picture soon :)
Well done my friend


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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-12-04 23:33]

Hi Ram,
Congrats on your 500th post.
Great capture of this beautiful bird and nice dedication.

Hello Ram,
This is a fine image to celebrate the milestone!
500 is an impressive number of images, and your gallery is not only quantity but most of all quality!!
Congratulations to a valued member of this fine community!
Pablo -

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2007-12-05 0:30]

Hello Sir,

Congrats for your 500th post. After seeing sharp, colourful and youthful images, which are one my inspiration in TN, you are starting another innings with a lovely and pleasing Red-vented bulbul. It's wonderful to witness this moment and hoping for more Sir.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-05 0:39]

Hi Ram,
CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this huge milestone. Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Sorry, absolutely tied up with an urgent assignment hence forced to do a short-work.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-05 1:14]

OOOOH!!! What a marvellous shot, Ram!!!
Thank you very much for this stunning and marvellous dedication in your 500th! post. It's a gorgeous picture with such great focus, DOF and marvellous composition. I love this precious bird and the beautiful colors and presentation.
Thank you very much!!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-05 17:49]

Hello Ram,
Nice close up Ram with sharp details and excellent exposure. I love the birds eye, thanks for sharing.

Hi Ram,
A bit late, but still congratulations with reaching this great milestone. I have such a long time to go before I will reach it.
A great photo of this bulbul, a bird I haven't seen before. Great eye contact and DOF.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-06 9:59]

Hi Ram,
Congratulation on your 1/2 thousand post. A perfect pov and pose of this lonely, cute bird.
Best regards, Josť M.

Hi Mr. Ram,
I am very much sorry for not congratulating you on you 5th century. So CONGRATULATIONS. A very nice capture of this bulbul. Very good details and composition. I also visited your blog. That is also nice one. I wish your novels get published soon. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Dear Ram,
I missed this photo due to my removal.
First of all, Congratulations on your 500th post!!
And thanks for showing this lovely photo to dedicate to us.
I can see very nice composition here, also you've captured very fine pose of this bird with excellent POV.
TFS and Warm regards,

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