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Let's have a drink
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-25 15:19
Viewed: 7653
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Red-eyed Bulbul
Pycnonotus nigricans

Also known as: AFR: Rooioogtiptol, ENG: Black-fronted Bulbul, GER: Maskenbülbül, FRE: Bulbul brunoir.

”Pycnonotus” is derived from the Greek word “pyknos” meaning dense or compact. “nigricans” is Latin for blackish.

Its a smallish bird with a slightly crested black head. The eyering is bright orange-red (diagnostic) with the back greyish brownthe undertail lemon yellow. It has a cheerful penetrating voice.

They are found in drier parts of South Africa from the Karoo, through highveld to Botswana (as far north as Chobe National Park) and Namibia, the extreme Western Zimbabwe, Sout-west Zambia and South West Angola. It’s a very common resident where I stay. The frequent Savanna, drier woodland, semi-arid scrub, riverine bush, farmyards, gardens, orchards; and are always near water.

They team up in pairs or small loose groups, very tame, vocal and conspicuous. They often call from top of bush or tree and flicks wings and flirts the tail while singing and when alarmed. It forages mostly arboreally, often hanging sideways and upside down, seldom on ground, they visit feeding trays and drinks frequently.

They hawk insects in flight, but also enjoys fruit and nectar.

I hope you like it.

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-08-25 15:29]

Great shot Gerhard, I like the composition. The picture si very sharp and clear The walter look very good and the reflexion to. Well Done

Hi Gerhard,
this is beautiful, like looking in a mirror.
You captured a wonderful moment, full of peace and silence. Everything perfect, Gratulations
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow. Great shot, like the reflexion in the water. Was that done in post processing? I ask because it seems as though the ripples do not go through the reflection. Great shot either way.

Gerhard, this is an excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-25 16:02]

.... Gerhard, this is so beautiful! This is state of the art. Period!

Great picture, Gerhard.
Nice to a post from you again.
The exposure is spot on, I can see a lot of details in the dark plumage. Unusual but very good POV.
Well composed, nice colours and very good details.
You did a great work, my friend.

What a excellent photo and at the perfect time.

Greetings, Jan-Arie

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-08-25 16:53]

Hi Gerhard,
What a superb capture!
Beautiful lighting, excellent sharpness and detailed, amazing reflection.

Awesome capture Gerhard,
Very good composition, razor sharp detail and great colours. The Exposure is spot on and the POV is excellent.
Brilliant shot, thanks for posting.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-25 17:25]

WOW! Wonderful pose excellently captured. Center-composition very suitable and works well. Colours are wonderful. Slight grain brings out the ripples on the water surface. The orange eyes immediately identify the reflection and let you focus on it. This in combination with the brownish colours effectively focuses the attention and directs it to the mirror image. Excellent!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-25 18:26]

Hi Gerhard,

Splendid, brilliant, superb, maginificent, spectacular...

What can I say, beautiful shot!!!!!! WOW!!!
I can't critique, LOL


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-25 20:05]

Great work, Gerhard. All the qualities of a good photo.
I wonder what made the second wrill behind.

I do not have the time to write a decent comment.

". . . success is a combination of many things, but a good character is the foundation of the kind of success that will bring you real happiness.
Choose your friends wisely—they will make or break you." (J. Willard Marriott)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Hi Gerhard,
This is a WONDERFUL picture! The reflection on the water is perfect. I love the atmosphere of this photo. Great POV, excellent sharpness and colors.
Congratulations and TFS!

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-08-26 1:25]

very beautiful pic...
I love the reflection...
an amazing composition...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-26 2:32]

A stunning shot, Gerhard. Wow! I love the POV and the composition... and the ripples on the calm water. Details and colors are excellent. A masterpiece. Congratulations and TFS. : )

Excellent shot Gerhard!
Tha water is amazing, looks like liquid metal.
Details, POV, ... are perfect and the photo has great visual impact.
I like it very much.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-08-26 3:02]

Hi Gerhard!
Superb post.I liked reflection on water,sharpness and composition very much.Thanks for posting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-26 3:42]

Hello Gerhard!
It's magnificent capture.Reflections on water are amazing.POV,details,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Gerhard!
Very nice capture.Reflection on water,lighting,sharpness and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-26 4:15]

Woooow ! What a wonderful and interesting shot ! This composition with the reflection is great. The pose of the bird drinking is nice. The brun colors are pleasant. Congratulations Gerhard !

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-26 4:37]

Bonjour Gerhard, c'est un tableau superbe avec une harmonie de teintes magnifique. Very nice reflexion and genuine miror !! Very well done. Didier.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-26 4:53]

Top class Gerhard. Everything is perfect on your picture but three things I like most - composition, reflection in water and circles in water. Superb work!

Hello my old friend, Gotta get gone this am..
Superb photo with an excellent mirror-image captured!

Hi Gerhard

Wow... another impressive shot. Not only is the reflection perfectly clear, but the copper/bronze colour of the water is out of this world. Sensational work. Thanks.

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  • seanf (92)
  • [2005-08-26 13:45]

hi gerhard
this is fabulous. great shot, pin sharp focus, brilliant colours and wonderful reflection. nothing more i can say!

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-27 0:19]

Magnifique phot. La compo est vraiment superbe et le reflet donne un éclat supplémentaire à l'ensemble.


  • Georges Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-27 8:51]

Magnifique photographie sur tous les points de vue
J’adore félicitation.
Amicalement Georges.

Just an amazing moment, Gerhard! This image has such a gentle, intimate feel to it. It is very lovely and very effective.

'n Baie goeie Foto!!

Great shot, Gerhard! You did magic with the water, considering our August winds.


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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-08-30 6:36]

HI Gerhard,
WOW fantastic shot.
I love the perfect reflection and the ripples in the water.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-30 10:49]

Gerhard, what a lovely shot.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. No doubt the reflection adds a lot the the picture. Excellent title too.

Congratulations. Your picture depicts a great moment.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-08-31 7:46]

Bonjour Gerhard !

Une excellente compo, la pose de l'oiseau sur cet arbre mort et le reflet de l'oiseau dans l'eau sont superbe. L'éclairage et la netteté sont parfaits.


Hi Gerhard, I just had to pick this one up the minute I saw it. What great timing to catch this one as it dips down for a drink. Besides, your composition, DOF, BG, exposure and sharpness are pure excellence...technique so good it becomes artistry. Wonderful :)

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-09-06 0:58]

Oh woooow.... superb shot Gerhard, love the reflection on the water, love those ripples, composition is just excellent, very sharp, good details and lighting, 10 points from me!!! thanks for sharing pal.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-09-07 5:48]

this is awesome! sorry for delay of critique (have no time). the composition is great, including perfect reflection, great focus and colours. excellent work.

ooooh! what a shot Gerhardt. Simply perfect! NG quality! TFS!

Hallo Gerhard,

Kronstadt is the old german name of a romanian town. I live there but there is no such great diversity of wildlife as in South Africa! :)

Excellent picture with perfect timing! Very good composition and great sharpness! I like the ripples in the water (was there a fish or something behind the bird?) and the reflections of the bird! Very nice brownish colors! Great work!


wow, it´s cool, interesting composition, nice "mirror", great moment!

good one. Great shot excellent sharpness

very nice capture, TFS Ori

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