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When you have it, why not flaunt it?

When you have it, why not flaunt it?
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Copyright: Srinivasa Prasath (lsprasath) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 3 N: 39] (219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-09 7:13
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am not good with identifying birds. First of all I wasn't really interested in bird watching until very recently when I developed this strange interest for photographing birds. I consider them a very challenging subjects as they don't wait for you (like time) nor pose for you specifically. You need to make the best use of time and opportunity to grab a good snap.

I shot this picture couple of days back in botanical gardens here in Hyderabad. This bird was casually sitting and relaxing itself (probably after a tiring flight!). I took that nice opportunity to shoot some of its random poses. This one I like the most!

It will be really helpful if you can identify the bird here. Though I understand the bird's face is not visible in this pose, wondering if its possible to guess it using its other features. Its really unique here for me to learn ornithology using TN!

Thanks in advance.

A quick thanks to Prasad for helping me identify the bird.

Red-vented Bulbul

The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds.

The Red-vented Bulbul is easily identified by its short crest giving the head a squarish appearance. The body is dark brown with a scaly pattern while the head is darker or black. The rump is white while the vent is red. The black tail is tipped in white. The Himalayan races have a more prominent crest and are more streaked on the underside. Sexes are similar in plumage, but young birds are duller than adults.

This is a bird of dry scrub, open forest, plains and cultivated lands. In its native range it is rarely found in mature forests. Studies show that vegetation is the single most important factor that determines the distribution of the species.

It feeds mainly on fruits, petals of flowers, nectar, insects and occasionally geckos. They have also been seen feeding on the leaves of Medicago sativa.

They are considered as pests because of their habit of damaging fruit crops. These birds learn to avoid the repellent chemicals as well.

Breeding time:
June to September.

Source: Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-vented_Bulbul)
Location: Botanical Gardens, Hyderabad.

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Hello Srini,

Well, a good capture of the bird.

I would go with, a Red-Vented Bulbul, the plumage seems so.


Hey LSP,

Awesome pic man. Very very well taken. Good timing. Good lighting and clarity.


hello Srinivasa
the scene is very good,fine glance and resault
beautiful photo
best regards

Ciao Srinivasa, great capture of beautiful bird with splendid colors and fantastic light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Prasath!!

Lovely pic...the pose reminds me of those famous people who want to shy away from the cam ;o)


Hello Srini,

All I can say is I'm glad you deloveped a passion for this because if you had'nt we would'nt be seeing this wonderful shot. Wonderful light coming though the wing, not an easy shot looking up into the canopy but you nailed it beautifully, really nice work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

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