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Down there, Sits a Pair!

Down there, Sits a Pair!
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Copyright: Iris Hues (iris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX100 IS
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-02 10:17
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends,
Thank you for your kind comments to my previous posting.

Today once again I bring to you another view from my window…of a pair of Jungle Babbler or Turdoides striatus .This was taken recently during a morning bustle that I heard outside my window…the morning’s chilly breeze had the pair warming and cozying up..with each other ..and then came a “ke-ke-ke” alarm and the pair joined their friends …in another tree.

Neat Image I feel has reduced a good amount of detail, but then I had to worry about some noise present. Never-the-less I hope you enjoy the picture. Thanks for looking in.
Silpa 
Characteristics and Colours A frowzled untidey looking earthy brown with sallow face, creamy white eye, longish tail which appears to be loosley stcuk into the body. Iris creamy or yellowish white, bill and circumorbital skin pale sickly yellow, mouth and gape bright deep yellow, legs, feet and claw like bill.Sexes alike. Appears invariably in dozen or flocks referred to as “seven sisters” in English.

Status and Habitat Resident.Common though somewhat patchy.Chiefly low ountry, but also upto elevations of 3000 to 4000 ft. Frequents mixed deciduous bamboo forest, and scrub jungle with lantana.Avoids evergreen biotope mostly.

General Habits: The flock or sisterhoods, sometimes two or more together, spend their time hopping about on the ground rummaging amongst the mulch and humus and vigorously digging and turning over or flicking aside the dead leaves in search of insects. They habitually form the nucleus of the mixed hunting-parties of birds, and are indeed seldom met independently. Birds keep up a harsh conversational ke-ke-ke as they move about.Frequently develops into loud discordant choruses of squeaking and chattering upon the discovery of some juicy morsel by a member of the party, or when in excitement or squabbling. Food consist of spiders, cockroaches moths etc. Flocks do not break even when nesting, but individuals or pairs detach themselves for their domestic duties from time to time.

Nesting: Season staggered over the year but chiefly between January to march. Nest is a loosely put together cup of twigs, roots and grass placed in the fork of some leafy tree.Eggs-3-4 beautiful turquoise blue. Sexes share incubation and parental duties.

(1) Ali, Salim(1999). Birds of Kerala, Third Ed.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-02 10:24]

Hi Iris!

Not just a pair... but really a beautiful and funny one! They look so cute and at the same time they make me smile, probably because of the wild look of one of these fellows. From the technical side, I like the strong colours very much and don't believe that details are missing. The picture is clear and sharp and has a very pleasant impact.

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-02 10:29]

Hi Silpa. You have captured a good close up of the pair. This is a bird i have not seen before so thanks for posting. You have good detail and warm colours. The two bird still looke sharp to me. A good POV/DOF. all with interesting notes well done TFS.

Hi Silpa,
hahaha, they are so lovely, I like this moment very much, very cute, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Silpa,
Fantastic capture with a beautiful pair of cute bird.
Very fine details du to the great focus and good sharpness.
Excellent lighting.
Well done

Hi Silpa,
Excellent capture of this cute pair of White-headed Babblers; great POV and composition, sharp fine details, warm natural colours and good lighting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-02 10:57]

Hi Iris,

A fantastic shot of this pair of birds which I have never seen nor heard of before. The poses and expressions are wonderful. Beautiful colors - marvelous details of their faces and feathers. I love their eyes and yellow beaks. It would be worth another trip to New Delhi just to see these. A superb setting and composition. I love it!!!!


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-02 10:58]

Helo Slipa,

The image has a very high quality. there are both sharpness and very good color rendering that gives value to the photo. Excelent details of bird's plumage can be seen. You have made very good use of the fine natural light. Background has an excelent pattern enhacing the sharpness of the main subject.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-02 11:15]

Hi Iris,
What a lovely pair:)Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked POV,soft lighting,eD effect and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-02 11:20]

Hello Silpa,
Wonderful photo of this White-headed Babblers. They look if they expect something. Splendid natural and clear colours. Very good sharpness and details. Marvelous BG and a great POV and composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-02 12:09]

Hello Silpa,
What a lovely view of this gorgeous pair from a very nice POV. They look very cute in their fluffy plumage the colour of which is so beautiful. The light is perfect and the details are very sharp too. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-02-02 12:09]

Very good! Gary

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-02 12:31]
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Hello Silpa,
What a delightful capture from your window! Taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness, colours and detail I am able to tell you that these are Jungle Babblers (Turdoides striatus). The White- headed or Yellow billed, as it ialso called does not occur north of Kerala and these do not have cream-coloured heads.
But what's an ID when you have taken such a fine shot!
Thanks for this delight,
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-02 13:09]

Hello Iris,
Very nice shot of this White headed Babbler pair.Fantastic colours, clarity and composition. Details are amazing.Best regards Siggi

hello Silpa
Superb Shot of this two fluffy birds
the two subjects are very well detailed
great colors and lighting

hello Silpa

i am amazed by the quality of the image's composition
that your compact camera it is giving, after looking your photos
last year i was to buy one but later i choosed a much smaller Nikon Coolpix

superb phohotoraphy of this pair of White headed Babbler
shot with fine POV and framing, superb focus,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
great sharpness and details, i love their expressive glance, TFS


Hello Silpa,
It sure looks like the female got her feather's ruffled by something! The quality of the image is top notch, the detail shows all the feathers excellently.
A beautiful colored bird, and the image is as beautiful as they...

hello silpa,
your windows seems to be a ideal for bird lovers or may be the birds know that the will be seen on internet if they caught your attention, excellent capture of this beautiful pair, i liked the pov , the composition and the details very much,
well done,
tfs & regards

  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-02-02 23:05]

Hi Silpa,

A nice capture taken out of your window with a lovely couple,imho neat image is a great PP tool but if you as you say feel that your image quality is lost by the use of it I prefer a bit noise on a capture,anyway tfs


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-02-03 0:08]

Hello Silpa,
Great shot, very good POV and pose. Very well done .TFS

An expertly capture of a very fine pair under diffused illumination Silpa, the sharp image reveals their peculiar plumage features perfectly. Thank you for sharing this beautiful looking natural scene with us my friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-03 5:19]

Hello Silpa, I did not notice the noise till I read your note. The picture quality has made me ignore the noise front. Superb composition and presentation. The mood of the bird is so strongly presented here. Pretty nice job. Ganesh

Hi Silpa,
A nice capture of these Jungle Babblers. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-03 10:34]

Hi Silpa.
You managed to catch a wonderful pair of unknown for me bird. And I like superb quality of the shot too. Pictured scene is amazing at whole. Tree branch patter, impressive colouration of the leaves, brilliant images of the birds make me happy for you, your taste and skill and luck as photographer. Kind wishes and warm greetings.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-04 1:13]

Hola Iris,
simpática pareja,
magnífico foco y pov,
agradable colorifo.

Hi Iris
Wonderful composition of these two inquisitive characters.image is crystal clear with lovely color and pin sharp detail.
tfs jon

Hi Iris,
what a wonderful picture of Jungle Babbler; fantastic capture of this pair of cute bird with superb sharpness in a very lovely composition, the colours are marvellous; i have never seen a picture with as good a view of these birds.
TFS. Best regards.
Have a good weekend.

Hi Silpa, wonderful capture of lovely couple with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Silpa my firend, a stunningly beautiful capture of this pretty pair in a fine composition with great details and wonderful sharpness.
TFS and cheers!

Hi Silpa,
It's an excellent POV of the pair, and both have interesting pose's.
They seem to be focusing their attention together on something below.
Well composed with nice colors, exposure, and good detail even with the use of neat image.
Thank you for sharing this very cool shot :)

Hi Iris,

what an nice close up from this couple of birds.
Beautiful colours.
Good pov.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-17 15:26]

Hi Silpa,thanks a lot for your comment about my last pic first. And my great great compliments for this very professional work,impressive specie,fantastics details and colors..and there is a magic soft light inside! Thanks a lot for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Silpa,
this is great shot of two pretty birds! There are excellent composition, colors, details and BG on this picture. I like it!

Best regards, Leonid

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-07 1:52]

Hi Silpa,
thanks for your very beautifully written critique on my "horse". Thanks a lot and your expression is very motivating.
You camera really works very well and you skill is excellently displayed here. The sharpness with shallow DoF is very effective.
The birds are so cute and innocent. The brown is not that easy to project its beauty but you did. I like those eyes and ruffled feathers on the neck.
Brilliant composition and really pleasant capture. It is a celebration...a splendid one.


Hi Silpa, again,

two funny guys! Once more you caught the right split second where these two birds seem to contemplate the world and not be shocked by what they see :-) . Well done, Silpa.

Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-07 7:22]
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Hello Silpa,
What a funny and amazing pair! Just great the way you caught them looking at something interesting. Very vivid shot and I don't think that the branches in the back should be looked at as noise. It is just how nature is. Excellent framing and beautiful colors. Thanks for the note too.
Have a nice weekend

Hi Silpa,

Always a great pleasure to visit your gallery. These two birds perched so well in a pair on that diagonal branch. The framing, focus and exposure are all very well taken care off. Pleasing view and TFS.

Regards and have a nice day,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-14 11:31]

Hola Iris.
Lovely pose of this two beautiful Jungle Babbler. Great sharpness and beautiful kind light. Your note is also very interesting to read.
Thank you for your kind comments to my previous posting.


excellent momment and photo
best regards

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