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Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)

The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family. They are insectivorous species and are found in dense scrub to forest habitats.

It is a sparrow sized (14cm ) bird , it perches bolt upright a couple of meters from the ground,flicking its tail and uttering a sharp tick,tick from time to time.

Bhargav Dwaraki_Tickell's Blue flycatcherTickell’s Blue Flycatcher

Male has the upper parts indigo blue and their  forehead,supercilium and shoulders are azure blue , the throat and breast are orange – rufous and has white belly.Females are similar to male but are duller in color.

Bhargav Dwaraki _ Tickell's Blue Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher

They feed mainly  by capturing insects in flight but their prey include other insects such as termites and earwigs that may be gleaned or picked from the ground.They have an  unmistakable call which sounds tick – tick.( Source – Wikipedia and Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan)

Bhargav Dwaraki _Tickell's BlueTickell’s Blue Flycatcher

All 3 photos were taken in Nandi hills using Nikon D300s ,Nikkor 70 – 300mm VR lens.

Comments ,critics and suggestions are welcome 🙂

In the past 3 months I have made many visits to Nandi Hills and I Have struggled to photograph  here because of the tricky light condition . Out of  several visits  I have made , only the last two were good in terms of photography and I  learnt  how to handle the camera in such  condition.There is so much to learn!!And I am learning (slowly though). Saying that , every time I go to Nandi Hills I have a surprise waiting there each time. During each visit I get to see and learn something new , the last one being sighting of Pied Trush (Zoothera wardii) 🙂 . I really hope this continues 🙂

On a personnel note , I completed 23 years few days back and also completed 1.5 years in office. Office is  frustrating like never before I think I was confident of doing something (in life) when I was jobless and sitting at home than now (while working). Hope things get better(Soon , Plz!!).

Cheers,

Bhargav

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13 responses

  1. Great catch man!

    Love the bokeh in the last pic, I’m still struggling to get the sweet spot on my 70-300VR

    March 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

  2. Beautiful shots!!!

    March 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

  3. Anonymous

    Second shot is good man …..go ahead!!!

    March 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

  4. Wonderful shots!

    March 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  5. vishalrathod76

    Beautiful bird and lovely captures

    Travel India

    March 26, 2013 at 5:00 am

  6. Awesome shots……………..

    Debnature
    Kenfolios

    March 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

  7. Swalpa shakeu aste 🙂

    In low light, pump up the ISO (but not beyond 800 ideally), under expose to get a faster shutter speed.

    If nothing works, forget it and enjoy the sighting 🙂

    March 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    • Thanks sar. I have done exactly what you have said for the 2nd and 3rd pic. 1st pic nalli madirlilla , adikke swalpa shakeu 😦

      March 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  8. Great shots , Good look with ur job and life too… Many of us are sailing in the same boat…

    March 27, 2013 at 6:08 am

  9. G

    Keep it up and keep sharing all the nice captures.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:01 am

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