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Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

Indian roller is one of those few birds I knew before I started bird watching as they were very commonly seen perched along roadside wires and trees en route to my native.

The Indian roller (Coracias benghalensis) gains its name from its elaborate courtship displays, during which it performs some startling aerobatics culminating in a series of ‘rolling’ motions. The Indian roller is a medium-sized bird (26–27 cm ).The breast is brownish,the crown and vent are blue.The primaries are deep purpulish blue with a band of pale blue.The tail is sky blue with a terminal band of Prussian blue and the central feathers are dull green.The neck and throat are purplish lilac with white shaft streaks.The three forward toes are united at the base.Its eyes are greyish-brown and the strong, hook-tipped bill is blackish-brown. (Source –Wikipedia , Arkive)

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Its local name is Neela Kanta (meaning “blue throat”).This colorful cousin of the migratory Eurasian Roller was formerly called Blue Jay and is also the state bird of Karnataka.

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First image was shot in October while the 2nd was  in December 2012,in Hessarghatta.

This bird feeds primarily on insects, in particular beetles, crickets, and grasshoppers. It also regularly consumes flying insects such as wasps, flies, moths and butterflies . Where available, amphibians also form a large part of its diet.It prefers open cultivated areas or light deciduoud forest. (Source – Arkive )

In flight , Indian Roller is  a spectacular sight to watch. I have tried capturing flight shot but haven’t been successful yet! 😦 . Will post that as and when I get.

Critics and comments are welcome 🙂

Cheers,

Bhargav

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Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus),also called the scavenger vulture.  It has an unmistakable appearance, possessing white plumage with  black feathers in the wings and tail . They have bare yellow face and the bill is large and narrow with a curved tip. The legs are pink in adults and grey in juveniles.Young birds are blackish or chocolate-brown with black and white patches.

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They are also called as Pharaoh’s Chicken

Egyptian Vultures feed mainly on carrion but are opportunistic and will prey on small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

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Conservation status of Egyptian Vulture is ENDANGERED , according to IUCN Red List.

The light was not on my side , this is the best I could do. Hope you like it.

Critics and comments are welcome 🙂


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Photo Of The Day – Ashy – crowned Sparrow Lark (Female)

Ashy – crowned Sparrow Lark – Female (Eremopterix griseus)

Click HERE and HERE to see the photo of  Ashy – crowned Sparrow Lark – Male.

Have a nice day 🙂


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Eurasian Roller (Coracias garrulous)

Eurasian Roller ( Coracias garrulous) also known as European rollers ,are migrants to our country and are  near threatened species. They have  colorful plumage .The head ,neck and  underparts are light blue,while the upper parts are brownish -orange.A short ,thin black stripe runs through the eye.The tail is greenish- blue with a darker base.

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Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR, f6.3,1/1000sec,ISO 400.

It feeds on invertebrates such as  beetles, crickets, locusts, caterpillars, flies and spiders.

Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR, f6.3,1/800sec,ISO 400.

I first spotted this beautiful bird a day before this picture was shot but  couldn’t capture the shot as too many people came in and frightened the bird away with all the activity 😦 . Luckily ,the very next day this bird flew to the place we were waiting .All we had to do was, just position our self at comfortable distance and click .

Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR, f6.3,1/800sec,ISO 400.

Hope you like it 🙂

Meanwhile ,I trekked Tadiyandamol (Highest peak in Coorg range also 3rd highest peak in Karnataka) last weekend. It was brilliant, caught some good shots,will post them soon.

Have a nice day 🙂


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Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus ) Male

Hi All,

 Hope you all had  a great weekend. Here is a picture of Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus) male ,which I shot on saturday. I am not a big  fan of completely plain background , I would like to show texture but in this case there was hardly anything behind  the bird.

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(To check the Photos of Siberian Stonechat Female,click HERE)

This weekend was good in terms of sighting and photography ,though it was raining most of the time.I  Saw Twany Eagle ,Egyptian Vulture and European Roller for the first time and made  some good images of Vulture and Roller ,Twany Eagle was too far for my lense .Will post them soon.

Also , I visited photography exhibition – ‘Where The Wild Things Are’. It is a photography exibition of  recent works by Kalyan Varma, Ganesh Shankar , Jayanth Sharma and Aditya Singh. It was awesome. The feel of looking at prints was  just brilliant and different.If you are in bangalore ,don’t miss it . It is on till the 26th of this month at the Five Forty Five, the art gallery in Indiranagar. 545, 6th Main, 4th Cross, Indira Nagar Stage II, Bangalore, India 560008. Trust me, you wont loose anything.

Have a great day 🙂


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Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

Paddyfield Pipit  (Anthus rufulus)  is a small(15cm) passerine bird, the upper plumage is mainly streaked in grey brown with patches of black.It is long-legged with a long tail and a long beak.The iris and bill is brown,legs are of flesh color.

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Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR, f6.3,1/1250sec,ISO 250,Hessarghatta.

It is seen in open habitats, such as bare grounds or grasslands, short crop cultivated lands etc.

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Nikon D300s,Nikkor 70-300mm VR, f6.3,1/1600sec,ISO 250,Hessarghatta.

Its call is “chip-chip-chip”, It feeds principally on small insects but consumes larger beetles, tiny snails, worms etc.(Credit – Wikipedia)

Good Night 🙂


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Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata ) Female

Pied Bushchat – Female

Here is another post on Pied Bushchat  Saxicola caprata, but this time its Female. For details and earlier post please click Here.

Have a good day.

Cheers,

Bhargav


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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.

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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 .


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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.

 

 


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Black Drongo (IMMATURE)

Hi,
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.