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Yellow Bird

Yellow Bird
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Hong Kong
Date Submitted: 2007-08-11 10:43
Viewed: 5202
Points: 36
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In the concrete and glass jungle of Hong Kong, there is a wonderful park called... Hong Kong Park. In the park, there is a wonderful aviary.
Although there were many birds there, I was bemoaning the fact that most of them were too far away or in bad light or moving too fast, when all of a sudden, this little fellow alit on the post less than a meter away from me... and proceeded to sing his little heart out.
It was one of those "Touched by Nature" moments, as Loot would put it.
He just sat there and sang and sang, swinging his head from left to right, bobbing it up and down... with just amazing gusto. In hindsight I think he was so caught up in his song that if the roof had caved in, he would have kept on singing. But I was so shocked and so nervous about his proximity that I did not dare make a move. I just shot a bunch of pictures, most of which turned out to be out of focus because I was really too close.
Anyway I hope you enjoy this little guy as much as I enjoyed him.

Thanks to Steve Pryor (cuckooroller) for the ID.

My Hong Kong Travelogue

Black-Crested Bubul
Pycnonotus melanicterus

The Black-crested Bulbul, Pycnonotus melanicterus, 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 Indonesia.

This is a bird of forest and dense scrub. It builds its nest in a bush; two to four eggs is a typical clutch.

The Black-crested Bulbul is about 19cm in length, with a long tail. It has olive upperparts and bright yellow underparts. The head, throat and 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. Some of these races have now been raised to full species. The Ruby-throated Bulbul formerly P. m. gularis and now P. gularis of the Western Ghats in southwest India lacks a crest and has a bright red throat, and P. m. flaviventris, an endemic Sri Lankan subspecies, is also crestless and has its throat concolorous with the rest of the yellow underparts.

Black-crested Bulbuls feed on fruit and insects.


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To cuckooroller: Thanks for the ID : )manyee 1 08-11 20:56
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Hi Manyee,
Excellent work!
I like the way you filled the frame with all that yellow feathers, with that great detail on it.
It's very good also the eye contact, and the way it stands out fron the black feathers surrounding it.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

It is either Pycnonotus melanicterus, or one of the once related races associated but now split. The bird has a pathology and feather loss on the throat and since one of the ways to separate the races is the presence of a red throat patch the race will remain unknown. Let's just say Pycnonotus melanicterus and leave it at that...

Hello Manyee,
witch outstanding shot, perfect focus and sharpness, great colors and great composition, I like it
I would see your gallery,
many thanks for sharing,

LOve that hairdo!
Wow the feathers are so yellow!
Composed well as your depth of field and perspective.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-11 19:32]

Hello Manyee

The colours are outstanding.The plumage detail is sharp and well focused.The eye is sharp with excellent detail but it looks distorted ,perhaps by illness or injury.Very good POV and DOF.A very exotic looking bird.TFS


Hi Manyee,
Wonderful fellow.
Goof sharpness and well composed.
TFS your 'Touched by Nature'

Fabulous bird! :)
Great colors and wonderful comp.

Hi, I enjoyed your story about this little bird. From the critiques I gather he is not in the best of health but he seems happy enough and probably not suffering. You managed nice color and sharpness.

Evelynn ; )

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-08-12 14:28]

Wonderful capture - so detailed the plumage! Great work - and yeah - sometimes the things we hope for and least expect
do actually happen!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Manyee,
A beautiful yellow bird. Very nice details with excellent composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-13 5:31]

Hi Manyee
Beautiful composition.Sharpness and focus are outstanding.I like all the details you had capture in the plumage.BG and colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

Excellent portrait of the bird. Good sharpness. I like that intense look.
Best wishes,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-15 4:24]

My goodness! This is not what *I* would call a handsome bird!!
Great composition, superb colours and details
:D ok

Hi ManYee,
Excellent POV from slightly below and well composed. I like the pose of the bird, looking up into the right corner here..Very good color, DOF, BG, exposure and sharp details.
Very well done.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-08-16 10:27]

Nice shot Manyee, with excellent composition and sharpness. The colors and contrast are great. The Bokeh is great as well. That is a strange looking bird. The eye looks a bit strange like to many late night arguments with the spouse. :)


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-25 8:20]

Hello Manyee, what a great little fellow this Hong Kong bird...:-) You got it right, nice details, good lighting. Well done my friend,


Hi Manyee,
So this time we have possibility to watch a real "fun bird" ;> Great shot! I like the pose of this beautiful species, its colours (mosaic of tones is just great). You perfectly controled also DOF and light.
Bravo also for interesting and inormative note.
TFS and best greetings from Lodz,

This bird apparently has injuries on it's Rt eyelid & throat, since males are known to fight viciously & fiercely for mating privileges during narrow time windows. Over all a good picture with faded background where bird stands out. Cheers.
Regards-Subhash Ranjan

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