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Himalayan Bulbul.

Himalayan Bulbul.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix HS 20
Exposure: f/8, 1/450 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-02-15 15:24
Viewed: 3480
Points: 36
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Pycnonotus leucogenys (Gray, 1835)

Himalayan Bulbul,
White Cheeked Bulbul.

Here enjoying its day in front the snow covered peaks of Dhauladar at Rakkar near Dharamsala, at an elevation of approx. 1300m above sea level, the Himalayan Bulbul is a commonly distributed northern Indian species, measuring approx. 20 cm from the tip of the bill to the tip of the tail.

It is bringing „a lot of cheer to its surroundings by its lively calls“ (Bikram Grewal: Birds of India and Nepal, London 1995).

„A true hill-bird which is with us the year around. Seven thousand feet would appear to be the limit of its altitudinal habitat. … Its cheery call note `Quick-a drink with you` is well known.“ (A. E. Jones: The Common Birds of Simla, New Delhi 1920, new edition 2012).

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR, sRGB, 4608x3456 pixels, f/8, 1/450 sec, ISO-100, bias: -0.7, 126mm (equiv. 720mm at full frame SLR), no tripod, no flash, 2012-04-04: 17:41.

Early morning: different hair style.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-15 15:53]

Hi Peter,it turn the head in the right moment and way just for you and your camera..ehehe..the result is a beautiful and perfect pic about this nice bulbul,great show with the usual top quality of details and colors!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
I used to see red-vented bulbul but this yellow-vented bulbul you have captured very well.


The best image of a Crested Himalayan Bulbul I've seen here on TN, Peter. I have taken pictures of this bird on several occasions, but I've not been even close to what I see in your picture in terms of sharpness, clarity and original colours.
The blurred Dhauladhar in the BG makes this image so very authentic.
Way back in March 2009, you had written in your critique on my picture of this bird that you longed to hear its call; happy to know that your wish was fulfilled!
Thanks for sharing this picture of a bird I've known from my childhood.

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful picture of this Yellow-vented Bulbul.I haven't seen this species here in Kolkata surroundings.Nice colour and light against blue sky.
Yes Peter,I am really impressed watch your WS pictures,mainly innocent little ones.Nice picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-15 23:51]

Lieber Peter,
Ein fröhliches und lustiges Posting zu Beginn des Tages! Freue mich sehr, wieder ein Bild von Dir zu sehen. Bist zu den Vögeln rübergegangen, ein Novum für dich. Sehe, dass sich die "Frisur" des Bulbuls von Bild zu Bild verändert bis zum perfekten Styling:-). Hübsch auch das Foto mit den Kindern, auch sie sind sehr fröhlich.
Hast den Vogel mit bester Schärfe und vor einer beindruckenden Kulisse fotografiert.
Musste der Vogel schon lange singen, bis Du ihn aus dem Dunklen holtest!
Herzlichen Dank auch für deine liebenswürdige Worte zu meinem letzten Bild. Hat mich sehr gefreut.
Wünsche Dir und Susanne noch einen geruhsamen Sonntag
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Peter.
The head turn is stunning from dorsal pov exposing excellent plumage details.
Nice catch and thanks for sharing.

Wonderful capture........

Interesting bird and impressive photo Peter! Nice pose, very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of the Himalayan Bulbul, fine POV obtaining the lovely eye-contact
with the head turned, the good free space where he looks and being framed
diagonally in the image it adds dynamism to the photo, very beautiful lateral light,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, and the catch-light render the photo always
more beautiful, your Altered Image #1 of the Himalayan Bulbul is also beautiful, TFS


Hi peter,
like your pic and like the bird. bulbul are fascinating birds!
have a nice day

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. I think this one is a rare visitor to TN and the bulbul looks excellent sitting on the wire with its beautiful crest.Ram's comments also add to our knowledge of this beautiful bird which you have been lucky to capture. The focus is indeed very good and image crisp and clear.Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards,

Hello Peter,
Wonderful shot of this Bulbul, nice pose, good lighting, superb sharpness and clarity, a very well captured,
Thank for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-03-04 8:19]

Hi, dear Peter.
It is not a butterfly definitely :). However I am impressed with the shot a lot. Pictured bird is very cute, its pose and glance are very attractive and details are stunning. A bit blurred large cloud decorate the scene so much. I like this your technique at close-ups and now at bird shooting. Warm regards and TFS.
P.S. I am very pleased with your interest for my pictured. Thanks so much.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-03-05 8:15]

Hello Peter,
Missed this photo while I was on holiday. Great photo of this Himalayan Bulbul, the best I ever saw. Fantastic sharpness, details and natural colours. Attractive pose with eye contact. Nice composition with a beautiful background.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-05-06 19:13]

Hello Peter,
The way it's crest stands up in the wind reminds me of our Northern Cardinal. A beautifully marked bird and captured perfectly by your lens, the White Cheeked Bulbul certainly gave you it's best pose. Wonderful eye contact with that ever sought after catchlight. Well done!!

Hi Peter,
Truly beautiful shot with very interesting pose. Pleasant composition with awesome technicality, and the pic itself is simple enough to be spectacular! Gorgeous image, and the workshop photo with different hairstyle is amazing, too. Remarkable post. Bravo!
Best regards, László

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-03-31 23:41]

Hi Peter
In the thumbnail the bird seems to have horns.
Not colorful plumage but interesting crest and eye contact.


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