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Upper Guinea Bulbul

Upper Guinea Bulbul
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-30 4:55
Viewed: 4220
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Upper Guinea Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus inornatus) is a subspecies of the pycnonotus barbatus, Common Bulbul or Dark-capped Bulbul. It is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds.

The bulbuls are a widespread family of songbirds, found much over Africa and Asia.

The Common Bulbul has a number of subspecies; other authorities consider P. b. dodsoni, P. b. somaliensis and P. b. tricolor as separate species from the nominate P. b. barbatus.

The bill is fairly short and straight. The bill, legs and feet are black and the eye is dark brown with a dark eye-ring, which is not readily visible.
The Dark-capped Bulbul is mostly greyish-brown above and whitish-brown below, with a distinctive dark head and pointy crest on top of the head. The back of the head merges into the brown of the back, and the chin is also blackish. The underparts are grey-brown apart from white or yellow, depending on the subspecies, around the vent. It is about 18 cm in length, with a long tail. It has a dark brown head and upperparts. Sexes are similar in plumage.

Habitat and breeding
It is found in woodland, coastal bush, forest edges, riverine bush, montane scrub and in mixed farming habitats. It is also found in exotic thickets, gardens and parks.

This species nests mainly from September to December. The nest is fairly rigid, thick walled and cup-shaped. It is situated inside the leafy foliage of a small tree or shrub.
Two or three eggs is a typical clutch. It, like other bulbuls, is parasitised by the Jacobin Cuckoo.

The Black-eyed Bulbul is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is a conspicuous bird, which tends to sit at the top of a bush. As with other bulbuls they are active and noisy birds. The flight is bouncing and woodpecker-like. The call is a loud doctor-quick doctor-quick be-quick be-quick.

This species eats fruit, nectar and insects.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-30 5:02]

Hello Peter,
We are almost neighbours! You found in your archives a very fine bird-picture from Senegal. A picture of a rarely shown bird with subtle plumage and a very vivid attitude. Well composed decentred picture too with subtle and natural colors.
Very well seen.
have a nice weekend
Kind regards

Fine capture of this seemingly tired little Common Bulbul, Peter. Good day! The bird looks like short of breath! Did you chase it!! Haa haaa..ha! The subject is well placed into the frame, the colors are natural and the background simple and fantastic! Bravo Peter! Good work!
George Veltchev

Ciao Peter, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-30 5:11]

Hello Peter,
a nice lively chap about to chirp. Excellent sharpness in good view. The pose and the positioning is so exciting and the branch gives a good graphical framing .


Ciao Peter. Aa interesting birds serie you're posting. Good DOF here and very good focus. Best details and sharp against the blurred BG!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-10-30 5:35]

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of The Upper Guinea Bulbul...
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Have a nice weekend,

A very different Bulbul from the ones I know here in India, Peter.
Excellent shot from the frontal point of view. The bird is in complete focus and stands out sharply against the plain BG.
Thanks and regards.

Hi peter
great shot beautiful focus and details with nice sharpness

nice composition, TFS Ori

This is a beautiful bird Peter. the open beak and sharp popping eye is well defined and well perched on that branch. Pleasing framing and brilliant lenswork. Kudos my friend and best regards - Jusni

Hello Peter,
Great capture with nice details, colours and excellent focus.
Very interesting bird.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-30 8:17]

Hello Peter,
A fine capture of this W. African ssp. of the Common Bulbul. The POV shows its features with fine clarity and natural colours while it is calling. I can almost hear the sound of the call! ('quick doctor quick'!)
Nice composition on the branch against a neutral BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hallo Peter
mooi foto met een groot stuk tak erbij ,daar hou ik wel van als het er goed op staat
super scherp mooi licht en super kleuren
Weer een mooie erbij Peter
groetjes lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-30 8:57]

Hi Peter,back in Senegal whit this strange specie taken very well,i like a lot the mouth position,it don't seems happy in this moment..ehhe..great quality in a difficult light.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-30 9:01]

Hallo Peter,

U heeft het zeer gaan zoeken voor het fotograferen van deze mooie vogel.
Scherp in de lens, goed van kleur.
Zeer mooi fotowerk, bedankt.

Prettig weekend,

Hi Peter,
nicely composition with good details and beautiful colours


Hi Peter,
Beautiful shot of this Bulbul. I like the faded background. Looks like it was singing when you took the shot or as George says it looks tired. Non the less it's beautiful. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-30 11:41]

Hello Peter
Excellent capture with natural colors, and perfect isolated subject
Thanks for sharing

Hola Peter

Una imagen muy agradable y bien compuesta y con una profundidad de campo estupenda, fantastica imagen.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Peter,

Very nice capture of this bülbül. Your POV against the grayish sky works well and the details in her feathers are perfectly captured.
TFS and have a nice Saturday night and Sunday!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-30 14:37]

Hi peter,
Another great capture from you.This is a very good photo from excellent POV and great details.TFS.

Hello Peter,
Undoubtedly, this pic is so eloquently!
What a bird more expressive! ... Good work, great composition, perfect light!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hello Peter, excellent shot of this bird. Details and colours are splendid.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Peter,
Un cadrage plus serré, à gauche, aurait permis d'imaginer que l'oiseau faisait de la balançoire !!!
Très bonne valorisation du sujet dans une lumière qui devait-être difficile.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter,
Very beautiful photo of this Pycnonotus barbatus inornatus. Fantastic sharpness and details in very nice natural colours. Excellent BG, pose and composition.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful pose of the bulbul meanwhile singing, fantastic composition, sharpness, colors and background blur. Tfs this beauty, never saw it yet - and congrats for the great photo, of course.
Friendly regards, László

Hallo Peter,

deze buulbuul ken ik niet.
Het zijn mooie en snelle spreeuwachtigen waar sommigen ontzetted mooi van kunnen zingen.
Goede scherpte en detailering.
Achtergrond mooi in overenstemming met de vogel en oogt rustig.
Prachtige kleuren.


Hello Peter

Excellent photo of this Bulbul, with very fine POV
and framing, expressive and beautiful eye-contact,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


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