19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Red-Vented Bulbul With Fruit

Even the most common birds can fascinate the interested observer. Bird watching, and photographing, is a fulfilling hobby that can take the form of serious expeditions to remote places in search of rare species or a nice, relaxed time with the common denizens in the garden or neighborhood park. This picture is from a place near the outskirts of Bangalore, where I had gone for a few hours with my son last Christmas Day. I will now quote verbatim what my 8-year-old son had written about this picture: “I sat in the hide, watching the birds flitting around. In a while, a red-vented bulbul flew over with its joyous ‘tri tria’ sound. It is a common bird that I can also see from the balcony of our apartment in Jakkur. It looks a lot like the red-whiskered bulbul, but has a shorter crest and does not have any red marks on its cheek or the white belly."

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Bangalore, India
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © Amartya Mukherjee
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