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Red Vented Bul Bul

Red Vented Bul Bul
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F90x, TOKINA-ATX- 100-300 F-4, Fuji Provia 100
Exposure: f/8.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 12:52
Viewed: 6608
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Pycnonotidae

Genus: Pycnonotus

Species: P. cafer
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 is 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.

we had set up a blind next to the nest of this Nird, in my friends farm,Kanakapura road, on Bangalore out skirts. This was visiting frequently feeding the young ones and not bothered of the blind at all. We smashing time with this bird and it was lovley evening light, i used fill in flash, with my beloved Vivitar 285.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-06-14 13:17]

hi chikappa,
the picture is good.sharpness and lighting are xcellent but the BG is a bit soft I think so or it may be proper as u r a proffessional u would have done it perfectly.I liked this picture.

Good shot...!

I like the drama on the flower and the insect being eated!

and all this with nearly... b&w


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-14 14:15]

What a great timing you had capturing this moment. I like the composition with the bird sitting on the broken flower.
Good sharpness and nice colours.
TFS Paula

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-15 4:46]

Satish, Lovely shot and specially the way it is holding the insect on its beak. Well done. Normally eye contact is very difficult.

Great capture! Like it a lot - but find it a little dark in the head area. Posted it to workshop with my take on it - hope you like! Cheers, Klaus

Good capture Satish
Well composed with good sharpness and DOF


Wow sir, awesome shot! The glint in its eye is lovely. Only wish the bg hadn't been so dark.

The lighting is amazing here and the control of flash is something that only a master like you can do. Excellent capture.

Very good contrast against the dark background. The moment with the prey in the beak is very good.

bonjour satish
le BG est un peu foncé d'apres moi,mais la netteté de l'oiseau est bonne et la proie ajoute de la vie a cette photo.

Dear Satish,
I like this unusual portrait of the bird very much. The bird is dark, yet you use le light against you to good effect. Bravo!
My best regards

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