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The answer is blowing in the wind

The answer is blowing in the wind
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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: 2004-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-09 12:42
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
African Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans)
Definition: Bulbul [n] nightingale spoken of in Persian poetry.

It is commonly known as a "toppie". Size 20-22 cm - this bird is larger than a sparrow, but smaller than Dove. Afrikaans: Rooioogtiptol

This is a one of the more common bird of the eastern regions of the country. 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. The 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 toppies they are active and noisy birds.

This species eats fruit, nectar and insects. The most typical call of this species is a lively sounding liquid call of klip, klop kollop and a variety of variations. 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.
Info from: Sasol - Bird E-Guide.

I found this critter at the Golden Gate National Park yesterday. He was quite far of and I tried sneaking up on him. Eventually this was the only reasonable shot I could muster. I did not know anything about the bird and found a lovely site with a “wizard” to help identify RSA birds. This bird in not endangered but already on the protected specie list in our country. Protected specie in short means; cannot hunt, kill or sell without a licence.

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To hojper: The answer my friend...gerhardt 1 09-15 16:53
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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-09 12:49]

Mooi man, Rooioog tiptol. He is supposed to be in NCape, what is he doing in E Freestate? I have none of him. I would crop right and bottom, place him more on a third than centre. Just a wee bit too much USM

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-08-09 12:59]

It's realy a sweet bird Gerhardt,
Very nice shot you mad, good composed, good colours, I like that orange eye. Very good note, very good job.

I like him a lot his breast is a little soft but overall I like the feel of the whole as we can see it`s surroundings .

Lovely catch, Gerhard, we sure can see where the "red-eyed" part of his name is coming from ;-) Well positioned on the diagonal twig, good colors, and a nice DOF. Interesting info in the notes as well, thanks!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-09 16:29]

Nice one Gerhard. I agree with Callie's cropping suggestion. Very good shot though. Nice detail (the eye is superb) and strong earthy tones. Well done.

Bonito pájaro Gerhard.
Excelente captura desde una gran perspectiva y encuadre.
Colores y nitidez un tanto suaves.
Me atreví a realizar un trabajo... espero sea de tu agrado.

Pretty bird Gerhard.
Excellent capture from a great perspective and frame.
Somewhat smooth colors and clearness.
I dared to make a work... I hope you like it.

Great catch of this tiny little bird with very good colours and exposure, I would crop a little bit behind the bird.

Oh, he is really cute Gerhard and you have captured him very nice. The colours are very nice as well as the well used dof.

Though I have to agree with Robert about the breast. I can see that it is a filtered file so may be you were a little too harsh with NI (I presume that it is the tool you have used). Also I would like to clone out the branches in the left of the picture and bring him a little out of centre. So I took the liberty to make a little WS - hope you don't mind ;-).

Very informative note too.

Nice one Gerhard
Good composition , nice color.
I'm agree with Callie about the crop
Good note
Well done

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-10 2:33]

A nice capture of the cute little bird.
Very good composition and nice DoF.
Excellent informative note too.
Very well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-08-10 2:42]

A excellent moment for makes of this photo, Gerhard, well positioned on the diagonal twig, I like that orange eye. Very good note, good for more learn.

Gerhard, Nice shot of this bird with strong eyes.
Greetings, Jan

Nice shot you got of the Red eye. Here in Gauteng I have only seen the Blackeyed Bulbul. Excellent.

Very well isolated subject from the environment, beautiful light (I guess morning or evening), sharp and detailed (the bright eye is superb). A very good shot, Gerhardt.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-02 11:08]

You posted this while I was away and I only noticed it now. Waht a beautiful capture. I like the crop and would not have gone tighter. The image is very sharp and is going to my favourites.

I really don't know why you picked that all time great Bob Dylan song as title for this, but it made me curious, and somehow it fits. I love the light in his eye - and I do read all these interesting notes although it is a bit like going back to school. But then again, why not.
PS: I know we are not supposed to critique intro-photos but did you know that yours looks like Indiana Jones? I guess you do, and that you did it on purpose. Well, congratulations on both counts then.

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