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White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

White- throated  Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is one of the most commonly found birds in and around the city, in fact it is seen more often  than the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), I liked the  perch  it is sitting on and the background. Hope you like it.

Critics and Comments are welcome.



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!!).



Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) – Female

The Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae.It is a bird of farm land and open areas. It is known for the way it hovers above the ground ,  in search of prey.

 It is a medium- sized (32- 29 cm ) falcon with long wings and tail.Plumage is light chestnut – brown with blackish spots on the upper-side and buff  with narrow blackish streaks on the underside.The sexes are distinct, in males the rump and tail are bluish grey and unbarred,whereas in females they are brownish – red with dark barring.The head is grey in males and brown in females.( Source – Wikipedia)

Common Kestrel_DSC2567Common Kestrel

10th November,  was a good day for me. Prior to this , I have tried almost  a month to photograph this lady. Though I had managed to take few shots,I was not happy with it. On this day, I spent a good amount of time with her, I saw her Hoover , I saw her preen , I saw her catch insects. I managed to click shots which I wanted.

CK2_DSC2129Ground Level shot of Common Kestrel

Preening Kestrel_DSC2147Common Kestrel – Preening

Please click HERE to read about Preening.

Preening2 _DSC2152Lost in Preening

(Can you spot the head?)

Walking CK_DSC2238Jumping Kestrel

The below image was taken on 1st November and  it is special to me. It was raining here in Bangalore for almost a week (remember Cyclone Nilam?), I had no plans of going for birdwatching  or for photography as I thought it would rain ,  My friend (Hemanth) called me the previous night and asked  if  we can go, if there is no rain. On this day, it was drizzling  but we thought it would stop and went ahead with the plan . But , the drizzle slowly picked up for our bad, added to that going in activa made it even more difficult for us. Mud went inside all possible parts it could go to and we had tough time cleaning it. It was still drizzling and was impossible to go back in the same path , we planned to take the other exit . On the way to exit , we stopped  to take a photograph of a Paddy field Pipit but to our luck this beauty came and perched close to where we were.It was first time  I was that close to any bird , I could see the details of it just with my eyes. I still cannot forget that eye contact. Got my first Portrait this day ! .Sometimes things just happen 🙂


A Portrait

The Kestrel feeds largely on small mammals, and small birds.Invertebrates are also very important components of the diet.Kestrels hunt by sight,upon spotting their quarry,they plunge to the ground ,seizing the prey with their talon.(Source – Arkive)

 Kestrels, when hovering  are able to stay still even in strong winds. I have seen one on top of  Tadiyandamol hover against  strong winds.

Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens , in Hessarghatta.

Hope you all had a great  weekend ,Good Night 🙂


Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus ) Female

The Siberian Stonechat or Common Stonechat  is a resident and a winter visitor to India.The Siberian Stonechat is insectivorous.It breeds in open rough scrub-land or rough grassland with scattered shrubs.The female has pale brown upper parts and head, white neck patches (not a full collar), and a pale, unstreaked pinkish-yellow rump.

Queen of thorns

Starring Lady

Puffed Stonechat

All images shot with Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR. There was hardly anything behind the bird and hence,clean background.

Hope you liked it. Have a great Weekend .


Black Kite (Milvus milgrans)

Black Kite ( Milvus milgrans ) is a medium-sized common raptor and a widespread resident in India,often found around human habitation.They are distinguished by their forked tail and  call.They can be seen soaring and gliding in thermals in search of food.

Black Kite on Mound

Taking a Dump

Starring Kite

They are  more scavengers than hunters.Other birds are often chased away by mobbing Black kites (I have seen them attack Indian Roller and Common Kestrel).

Here is the link for my earlier post on Black kite.

All comments, critiques and suggestions are welcome.


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.


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.


Photo Of The Day – Common Jezebel

The Common Jezebel (Delias eucharis) is a medium-sized pierid butterfly, it has a wingspan of 66 -83 mm . The white and yellow butterfly  is active throughout the year and  is found in almost all kinds of habitats (except very thick  wet evergreen forests and grasslands)  . It is among the most prominent butterflies to visit  city parks and gardens and is most  active during noontime &  afternoons.

Common Jezebel

It flies fast and  flies high in the canopy and can travel long distances.It prefers to be in the canopy except when it is feeding on flowers of shrubs . Its is protected from predators by unpalatable alkaloids in its body. It flies in a leisurely manner and it basks (with their wings closed) and sleeps on the overhanging branches of tall trees.

( Reference –WikipediaButterflies of Peninsular India by Krushnamegh Kunte )

Please click on the image to see full view.There is one more shot of this ( please click here ) , but I liked the one displayed above. Let me know which one you like.

Nikon D300S with Nikkor 70 -300 mm VR, in Hebbal lake , Banglore.