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Himalayan Bulbul. (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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The location.
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Inhabitants of Rakkar village near Dharamsala, HP, just as cheerful as the bulbuls.

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR, sRGB, 4608x3456 pixels, f/4,5, 1/800 sec, ISO-400, bias: -0.7, 4mm (equiv. 22mm at full frame SLR), no tripod, no flash, 2012-04-06: 18:04.

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Early morning's hair style.
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Pycnonotus leucogenys (Gray, 1835)
Himalayan Bulbul,

cheerfully active in the morning, its characteristic, stylish mop of hair still in a bit of disorder.

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR, sRGB, 4608x3456 pixels, f/8, 1/4oo sec, ISO-200, bias: -0.7, 126mm (equiv. 720mm at full frame SLR), no tripod, no flash, 2012-04-04: 08:04.

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