Thursday, November 26, 2009

White-browed Bulbul

The white browed Bulbul is a shy member of the Bulbul family of passerine birds. It is a resident breeder in Sri Lanka and the coasts of peninsular India. More info after the jump.

The white-browed Bulbul is about 20cm in length with a long tail. The upper part of the bird is an olive gray while the under parts are whitish. This species of Bulbul is identified by the white supercilium, the white crescent below the eye and the dark eye stripe. It also has a yellow vent, which is not always seen. The sexes are similar in plumage. It feeds on fruits, nectar and insects. It builds a cup shaped nest in a tree and typically lays two eggs per clutch.

The bird is usually detected by its characteristic call, a "loud rattle of sweetish notes", which is a familiar sound in the dry zone forests of Sri Lanka.

This photograph was taken at the Thalangama tank. I was out looking for Kingfishers when I came around a bend in the road and found it perched on a branch about 6 feet off the ground. It was very close to where I was standing and surprisingly it did not fly off or hide. I took these images at a focal length of 400mm. The light wasn't the best so I had to crank up the ISO to 1600. I was using the 400D at the time and wasn't too happy about increasing the ISO that much. At least I got a half decent image though!
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holdingmoments said...

Clicking on the image, certainly shows the subtle colours Dev.
A lovely shot.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Keith. I do love the subtle colours which are not always visible.

Beej said...

Thanks for your comment on my post. The pic is by my friend Sandeep

yen said...

lovely and am not sure if we have this species in Malaysia.

Chris said...

Wow again a splendid shot of a species I did not know. The background is gorgeous as well as the sharpness...

Gallicissa said...

This used to be one of my garden birds, but with the rainforest trees that I have planted my garden, it disappeared. It likes open drier areas to wetter areas - and shows how wet my garden has become over the years through habitat management!

Lovely shot, Dev. I like its plain background.

Anonymous said...

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Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for the comment. The images on your blog are fantastic.

Thanks, I think the aperture was 5.6 for this one. The fact that there was some space between the bird and the foliage in the background helped too.

Thanks Chris,
I was actually surprised that the bird let me take a few images of it. They are generally shy and don't hang around in the open for too long.

I think this birds range is limited to India and Sri Lanka. I'm not a 100% sure. Maybe Amila can shed a bit more light on this?

Thanks for your comment. Great to hear that you will be back.


joshi daniel said...

i like your blog very much. simple with not much distracting things!

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Joshi. Glad you like it. I didn't want to clutter it up too much.