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Red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)

Red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-25
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-26 2:33
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I took this shot yesterday in Margalla hills while trekking on trail 5. I found a place with a small water source in weathered limestones. I kept sitting there for 2 hours thinking that it might be a good place to find birds and to my amusement i found a lot of birds visiting it for drinking water. That place was surrounded by dense thorny bushes and there was a small window probably 2*2 feet through which i could take the shots. I was really glad to see Kalij Pheasant, Coucals, a pair of Niltavas, noisy Jungle babblers,grey tree pies, Oriental white eye and a black birds for the first time from a close distance. The sad part was that i couldn't take photos of all because of my slow camera and the awkward spot i was sitting at. In my present shot one can see the coating of dull lime mud, especially on the dry twig this lovely bird is sitting on. It isn't an ideal shot but thats the maximum i can expect from my bridge camera in low light situaltion. This colorful bird appears to fit well in dull surroundings. Some information about Leiothrix from Wikipedia:

The red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) is a member of the Leiothrichidae family, and is native to the Indian subcontinent. Adults have bright red bills and a dull yellow ring around their eyes. Their backs are dull olive green, and they have a bright yellow-orange throat with a yellow chin; females are somewhat duller than males, and juveniles have black bills. It has also been introduced in various parts of the world, with small populations of escapees having existed in Japan since the 1980s. It has become a common cagebird and amongst aviculturists it goes by various names: Pekin robin, Pekin nightingale, Japanese nightingale, and Japanese (hill) robin, the last two being misnomers as it is not native to Japan.

The leiothrix is usually found in India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet.This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes. It has also been found at elevations ranging from near sea level to about 7,500 feet.

The species was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in 1918 and spread to all the forested islands except Lanai. Its population on Oahu crashed in the 1960s and it disappeared from Kauai, but is now common and increasing on Oahu.The leiothrix was released in Western Australia but it failed to become established. This species was also introduced in Great Britain but permanent establishment was unsuccessful. It was introduced to France, where it is now established in several areas.

Thanks for viewing,
Best Regards,

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Hi Akbar,
Excellent shot in my opinion. The little bird, like a colorful pearl, stands out so well against the almost monochrome background, and is so plesant to the viewer's eyes. Your patience paid off as you managed to capture a delightful image. Bravo!
Have a nice Christmas (if you celebrate it), and I wish you all the very best for the new year. Kind regards, László

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-12-26 9:36]

Salam Akbar,
Very good shot of this beauty bird ..
Beautiful natural colours and a nice pose with eye contact.
Best wishes,

Hello Akbar,
Hope you are well. A very wonderful note and wondrous still is this great shot of the bird I do not know much about.I have not spotted it in our region and if ever it comes, I to blame for not spotting it...smile.However, as Laszlo observed, a top quality shot and don't worry about the bridge camera, its results are better than many here and to be honest, man behind the camera counts and i trust you....wink.Thanks for sharing, take care,
warm regards/Abid

Hello Akbar,
Splendid image. A gorgeous colorful bird. Excellent details and perfect focus as usual.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-26 13:51]

Waaw,what a perfection my friend! It seems one of the decoration of european Christmas trees with these colors so rich and bright.A magnificent capture,very well sharpened,very well done! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar

Excellent shot of this beautifully coloured little bird,
fine POV and with the branche diagonally framing,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Hello Akbar - Beautiful bird you have captured. Color is really attractive. Nice sharpness, as well as details. Well managed BG too. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Ciao Akbar, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, I wish for you and your family a fantastic 2015, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

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