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The Jungle Babbler


The Jungle Babbler
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 901] (4745)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-02 6:36
Viewed: 1162
Points: 12
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I am back after quite some time. Do have a look at friends' marvellous photos off and on but am so busy that I cannot offer comments. Now that I am posting one, I don't expect comments but will feel more than satisfied if there is even a cursory glance from you....smile!

All this while I did try and have a number of shots, some precious first ones of new species what if not of high quality and I feel rich.

This is a Jungle Babbler(Turdoides striata)and now that winter is about to set in, I often spot these birds looking for insects in the heaps of old, decaying leaves and under bushes and hedges.So I thought of trying my luck out and succeeded in taking this beautiful shot while this bird was perched on a tow wall painted yellow with the green of my lawns and trees in the background. hope friends will like this effort.Thanks.

The Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) is an Old World babbler found in the Indian Subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of Seven Sisters or Saath bhai in Hindi with cognates in other regional languages which means "seven brothers".

The Jungle Babbler is a common resident breeding bird in most parts of the Indian Subcontinent and is often seen in gardens within large cities as well as in forested areas.The Jungle Babbler's habitat is forest and cultivation. This species, like most babblers, is non-migratory, and has short rounded wings and a weak flight. The sexes are identical, drably coloured in brownish grey with a yellow-bill making them confusable only with the endemic White-headed Babblers of peninsular India and Sri Lanka. The upperparts are usually slightly darker in shade and there is some mottling on the throat and breast. The race T. s. somervillei of Maharastra has a very rufous tail and dark primary flight feathers.The Jungle Babbler can be separated from the White-headed Babbler by the dark loreal zone between the bill and the eye as well as the lack of a contrasting light crown. The calls of the two species are however distinct and unmistakable. The Jungle Babbler has harsh nasal calls while the White-headed Babbler has high pitched calls. Another babbler that is similarly found in urban areas is the Large Grey Babbler, however that species has a distinctive long tail with white outer tail feathers.

The Jungle Babbler lives in flocks of seven to ten or more. It is a noisy bird, and the presence of a flock may generally be known at some distance by the harsh mewing calls, continual chattering, squeaking and chirping produced by its members. (Wikipedia)


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-10-02 7:54]

Hello Abid,
Nice to see you back after so many months.
Fine photo of this Jungle Babbler in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness.
Regards,
Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-02 9:26]

Hello Abid,
Lovely shot of a bird I have never seen. The colors, pose and BG are wonderful.Regards Sigi

Very beautiful image........

Ciao Abid, lovely composition with beautiful bird in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

nice shot with good sharpness and good pose of the babbler.
have a nice day
Pierre

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-03 13:38]

Hello Abid, nice to see a post from you once again.
You did a fine job of photographing this Jungle Babbler in a relaxed pose. I like the intense gaze on it's face as well as it's unique white colored eye. Sharply focused and showing good exposure.
Ron

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