A variety of the Common Bulbul, Dodson’s Bulbul (Pycnonotus dodsoni) is a friendly fellow more interested in hunting down any tidbits of food than bothering about nearby humans. This makes for good photo-ops and I was able to get close to this one as he checked us out at a watering hole in Buffalo Springs, Samburu, Kenya.
Kenyabirds.org.uk has this to say about the species: This is a locally common species of dry acacia scrub, dry woodland and along dry river courses. Their diet consists of fruit, insects and vegetable matter. They are fearless when it comes to man and have adapted readily to the range of goodies on offer in open dining areas. They generally occur in pairs or small family groups. Dodson’s Bulbul is similar in look and habit to the Dark-capped Bulbul but it has white neck patches (which give it its alternate name of White-eared Bulbul) and a distinctively scaled breast. Some authorities classify both birds as being races of the species Pycnonotus barbatus.
Canon 40D with Canon 70-200mm EF IS lens at 189mm. ISO 200 f10 at 1/250
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