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Brown-headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-01-15 3:54
Viewed: 1312
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After 2 years, this bird came to eat guava fruit from the tree we have in our house compound. Last it came was in Feb 2014. Brown-headed Barbet is an elusive bird, but when it comes to stealing guavas in winter, it is least bothered about being shy. Today afternoon was cloudy when it came to our tree. The light was poor and I had to use high ISO rating to get a better picture. I had the advantage of shooting it from the terrace of my first floor house from a higher perspective. The shot turned out to be noisy, so I had to use NeatImage filter to clean it.

The brown-headed barbet or large green barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) is an Asian barbet. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The brown-headed barbet is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent, widespread in India and also seen in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is an arboreal species of gardens and wooded country which eats fruit and insects. Nonetheless, it is fairly tolerant of humans and is often seen in cities, in greenery. It nests in a tree hole, laying 2-4 eggs. The bird is largely frugivorous on mangos, ripe jack, papaya, banana, figs and similar cultivated fruit trees. Its habitat includes urban and country gardens though it tends to eschew heavy forest. It nests in a suitable hole in a tree that it will often excavate out, not unlike a woodpecker. A pair will take it in turns to incubate the eggs and they often communicate with each other using their Kura, kura calls.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2017-01-15 6:17]

Hello Ram,
An excellent shot of this beautiful bird taken in a very attractive lateral pose.
Sharpness and colors are perfect.
Take care

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-01-15 11:44]

Hi Ram,a masterwork another time with a spectacular sharpness on this barbet,the colors too are very bright,nice pose in a difficult location. Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-01-16 7:26]

Hello Ram,
I don't know how in the world I missed seeing this beautiful shot, what a gorgeous bird!! I am viewing this from my iPhone and it looks awesome. The bird is sharply focused and the colors are stunning to say the least. I'll bet you were thrilled to see it outside your home. Great capture !

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2017-01-17 5:37]

Hello Ram,
excellent capture...thanks.

Hi Ram,
I still admire your rich contribution to this site even if I rarely comment on your postings. This Barbet is a real hit! By the way, I am 5 years older than you, March 21 is my birthday and it is celebrated all over the world :-) - as Nowruz !
But no more cheap bragging, I don't want to be confounded with some other guy much in the news lately ...
Thanks for your nice words. I will not contribute regularly since I have not enough material to show to the admired group of TN experts. My material is being prepared to go to a national agency that is publishing scientific books on various groups of animals of Switzerland.
Sincerely, Dietrich

Hi Ram,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details of the Brown-headed Barbet. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2017-02-10 21:14]

Hi Ram
Not an elegant guy, but quite interesting.
The green plumage reminds me of the parrots.
Great sharpness and excellent dof.


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