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Archive for September, 2012


Common jezebel (Again)

Hi ,

I had posted a photo of Common jezebel earlier (here is the link if you haven’t seen ) but I am too tempted to post the photos of this beautiful butterfly  which I took last month, in Hebbal.

Hope you like it.

A portrait

Sharp and Blur

Black and White – A perspective

For details please see my earlier post (click here)

All comments, critiques and suggestions are welcome.



Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark (Male) (Eremopterix grisea)

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Ashy – crowned Sparrow Lark (Eremopterix griseus) is a lovely, small bird (12cm) about the size of sparrow.It is also known as Ashy – crowned Finch Lark or Black-bellied Finch-Lark.It is a bird of open dry habitat.The males are marked with a contrasting black and white face pattern,females are sandy brown.




Photo Of The Day – Egret about to take Off

Egret’s are one of the best subjects to learn new techniques in photography as they can be easily spotted  and with little patience  ,one can approach and move closer to them.I have applied ND filter while converting into Black n White , Shot with Nikon D300s ,Nikkor 70-300mm VR , in Shanthigrama.

Hope you liked it .

Good night 🙂


Spotted Dove(Spilopelia chinensis)

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is one of the most common species of dove found across India.It is pinkish brown bird with grey upper parts with a typical black and white spotted patch on their nape are very shy and peace-loving birds.

Spotted Dove


Black Drongo (IMMATURE)

Here is the image of Black Drongo (Immature), which I captured yesterday in Hessarghatta, Bangalore.

Black Drongo, Dicrurus macrocercus  is also called the King Crow. It is a fairly common and residential breeder in India.Adult has glossy blue-black or green-black plumage,Tail is long and deeply forked, and curves out at the end of outer tail feathers. Head is black, with only very small white patch at bill’s commissures. Bill is black. Eyes are reddish. Legs and feet are dark grey.

Juvenile is browner, with white tips to flanks and belly feathers,  can be mistaken for the  White – bellied drongo. It has shorter tail than adults.

Black Drongo feeds mainly on insects such as ants and termites and crickets, beetles, bees,  and butterflies.They are quite territorial,fearless and aggressive.


What A day !!!!

With salary still not being Credited (which means little or no money left with me ), I had only one place to choose for this weekend, that is my house in Shathigrama. And to my luck?? It  was a good a choice.

I left Bangalore around 9pm on Friday,reached here around 2 Am on  Saturday morning!!! ( Thanks to the  rains and long break in between) . Saturday morning was gone as I got up really late (especially for bird watching 😦  )  , evening session was good, I got a good shots of Pied Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher . Today was the best day , here goes the bird list for the day

Green bee eater ( I don’t know if this likes me but I see this whenever I come here, saw this yesterday too 🙂 ),Pied KF , Common KF ,White cheeked barbet ,Indian peafowl,Pheasant tailed jacana,Black headed munia,Scaly breasted munia,Baya weaver bird,Flame back woodpecker ( Couldn’t see properly but have a record shot ),Little cormorant,Yellow billed babbler,Red whiskered bulbul,Red vented bulbul,Ashy prinia,Spotted Dove,Laughing Dove,Brahminy kite,Egret,Painted Stork,Black Winged Stilt ,Red wattled lapwing ,Purple Swamphen,Common coot,Ibis and lot of other birds.

I was  truly spoilt for choice  as I did not know what to click,  couldn’t get the shot of everything  I saw, but made few good images .


GOOD NEWS – My father , who was not that happy with me going around with camera has started liking my photos. He had even arranged a vehicle for me to go around the village :).

After this  he said , if you  had shown half the interest which you are showing towards this , you would have finished Engineering with DISTINCTION!!!! (Its been almost a year since I passed of BE but he is still thinking about my BE percentage 🙂 )


Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata )

The Pied BushChat (Saxicola caprata) is a small (13.5 cm) passerine  bird which is ,locally common resident in our state,Karnataka. Pied Bushchat (Male)

They nest in cavities in stone walls or in holes in an embankment, lining the nest with grass and animal hair.The males are black with white shoulder and vent patches whose extent varies among populations. Females are predominantly brownish while juveniles are speckled.This species is insectivorous, and like other chats hunts from a prominent low perch.(Source  – Wikipedia )

Nikon D300s with Nikkor 70 – 300mm VR  , in Hessarghatta, Bangalore.

Note –

Hessarghatta  is a wonderful place for photographing birds. Unfortunately, this wonderful grasslands is under threat , please sign the below petition to save this  habitat,

Thank you .