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Grey -headed Canary -flycatcher(Culicicapa ceylonensis)

The Grey headed Canary flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) is an insectivorous and a species of small flycatcher – like bird found in tropical Asia.

This species breeds in upland to montane oak  and other broadleaved forests and similar wooded areas in temperate  to tropical southern Asia, from Pakistan, Central India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and southern China. Many populations are resident, but some Himalayan birds are partial migrants that winter in Peninsular India sometimes even occurring in arid habitats.

Bhargav Dwaraki _GHCFGrey headed Canary flycatcher

The Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher is about 10 cm long with a squarish grey head, a canary yellow belly and yellowish-green upperparts. They forage actively like flycatchers and perches in a very upright posture. The sexes are indistinguishable in plumage. They have a very flat bill  which when seen from above look like an equilateral triangle and is fringed with long rictal bristles.

The Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher is an insectivore and like flycatchers makes sallies for aerial insects from a low perch under the canopy of a tree. A pair may forage together and they will often join mixed -species foraging flocks.( Source – Wikipedia)

Bhargav Dwaraki _GHCFGrey headed Canary flycatcher

As we(myself and Vinod ) reached Ooty, we made a list of species that were special from this region .We wanted to spot and photograph each of them.Apart from the commoners like Mynas and Sparrows ,the first bird which we saw was this little Grey headed Canary-flycatcher. Though we spotted it quite easily and spent close to two hours ,I could not make a descent picture as it used to sit up high in trees or on the grills.Next day morning too went with out much luck (in terms of Photography), later in the day I saw it perch on a branch  with less or no clutter .I went there and I was waiting for it to come back ( yes,these birds do perch on the same place), initially  I missed few shots but this bird had kind of got used me and gave an other opportunity. Light was little harsh but I will take it!.Hope you like it 🙂

Have a great Day 🙂






Kashmir Flycatcher (Ficedula subrubra)

The Kashmir Flycatcher(Ficedula subrubra) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae.
This is an insectivorous species which breeds in the north-west Himalayas in the Kashmir region. It is migratory and winters in the Western Ghats and in the hills of central Sri Lanka.

Kashmir Flycatcher _Bhargav DwarakiKashmir Flycatcher

It is 13 cm long.The male has a grey-brown back with an orange-red throat, breast and flanks, bordered with black on the throat and breast. Females and first-winter birds have slightly browner upper parts, and the red of the underparts reduced to just a pinkish wash.

Kashmir Flycatcher _Bhargav DwarakiKashmir Flycatcher

The Kashmir Flycatcher breeds in deciduous forest with dense undergrowth, nesting in a hole in a tree and laying 3-5 eggs which are incubated by the female. It winters in gardens, tea estates, forest edges, and open areas within forest, generally above 750 m.

The song is a short melodic sweet-eet sweet-eet-did-he, and the call is a sharp chak.

This migratory flycatcher is a vulnerable species with a decreasing population and breeding range, which is also severely fragmented as a result of the destruction of temperate mixed deciduous forests by commercial timber extraction, agriculture and livestock grazing.(Source – Wikipedia)

Both photos were taken in Ooty ,using Nikon D300s.Nikkor 70 – 300mm VR lens.

I had been to Ooty  with Vinod  during the  last week of march. It was a good birding trip. We got to see this rare bird along with many endemic species(including Black chinned Laughing Trush or Nilgiri Laughing Trush ). I made some good images of Grey headed  canary Flycatcher and Nilgiri Flycatcher (will post them soon) , I will definitely go back to photograph the endemics. We had gone in an  open jeep and it was great, we had to embrace the scorching heat and rain!(will tell more about this later)

Have a  Happy Weekend 🙂





Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica)

Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel are endemic to India.They are the largest tree squirrels in Asia.It spends most of time high in the tree canopy and is active during day.They are important disperser of seeds.

Malabar Giant Squirrel Feeding

These squirrels have a very unusual  feeding posture, where they  balance their enormous body on  small branches.

How do  I look ? 🙂

The major threats to the Indian giant squirrels are habitat loss due to agricultural expansion and hunting.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70 -300 mm vr,in Seetha Nadi Nature Camp, Agumbe.

Hope you like it .




Common Langur / Gray Langur

Common / Gray  langurs or Hanuman langurs, the most widespread residents of Indian forests, are a group of old world monkeys  constituting the entirety of the genus Semnopithecus.

It was in  Bandipur, around 4’o clock in the evening and our safari was scheduled around 5 pm, having an hours time , I decided to walk around  and look for some birds around the  reception area. I  spotted a group of  Common/ Gray Langurs and  spotted deers and made a few decent images of  langur’s.

Monkey’s and Elephant’s are  my favorite  subjects to photograph. You wont get bored with  it, even if you sit in front of it for days together.


I have taken photos of the mother looking at the baby , baby playing with mother , which are all quite common but I chose this image for back-lit effect on mother face  and of course baby. The mother initially didn’t allow me closer to it, it used run away from  but then I sat in front of it for almost half an hour and then I could go little closer to it. This baby was a naughty one and did all sorts of faces to me 😛

In Safe Hand’s

Evening lights are beautiful, sometimes I feel that ,its important to photograph the light on the subject than the subject.

Watchful Trio

Gray Langur monkey’s  have superior eyesight and ability to sit atop high trees  which allows it to spot predators easily.It is also known as cheetal deer’s best friend.

Please click on pictures to see full view. All photos taken with Nikon D40 with 70 -300 lens, manual focus , in Bandipur national park.

Good night folks 🙂



YESSS!!!!  Thanks to my cousin’s , friends and my little savings ,I finally own a CAMERA . I bought a Nikon D300s body and Nikkor 70-300 VR lens .

Its been 3 months since I have posted here! Actually, I bought the camera two months back and then I have traveled on most of the weekends  , added to that applying for jobs and bad health haven’t allowed me to post anything  😦
Here is the pic of Bonnet macaque which I had posted earlier, in this pic I have adjusted the levels of the picture in Photoshop to get this effect.


Let me know how it is and stay tuned!! Good Night 🙂


Backlit – Bonnet Macaque

The Bonnet Macaque (Macaca radiata)   is endemic to this part of the  region where I live ( Southern India) and one of my favourite animal. I will explain more about these monkey’s in coming posts with more pictures.

Hope you like this  and have a good end to your boring monday!!!!

Good night folks.