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Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Remember What a Day?? (click HERE ,if you don’t! ). It happened on that day(and on last weekend) .

Birds are very good posers, but unfortunately only for those who sit inside a car and click. For someone like me (who is on foot most of the time), they spot you before you see them and fly off. Having said that, I won’t complain. Its fun this way and I enjoy every bit of it.

Common Kingfisher is one of the many colorful and beautiful birds which every photographer likes to have a shot in his collection.Till this day, though I had seen it many times, I didn’t have even one good shot of this for some reason.

It was a lovely morning, I was walking on the bank of  a small pond which is few km from my house, I noticed the Common Kingfisher perched on a small plant, looking for fish. Before I could do anything else it flew off from there (one more chance missed) and perched on a small distant twig. I decided to walk around the bush and stopped at a safe distance from the twig. I waited there for a while and let off few frames. From there, the bird was too small in my lens. Lying flat on the ground, I crawled slowly towards the bird. Slowly the bird started looking big (definitely not full frame)  in my lens. It’s not that bird didn’t notice me, but it was probably preoccupied looking for fish.

I stopped at a comfortable distance and spent a lot time in front of it. It was worth every minute, I saw it look for the fish patiently, dive into water (they are avid divers), scaring the other Kingfisher which came towards it, catch and miss fishes, shaking the water off its body. This process kept on repeating. So amazing was the experience that though I missed many shots, I managed to take some decent ones in the end.

Let me introduce you to the bird itself,

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is one of the most colorful and instantly recognizable birds. The upper parts are blue while the underparts are orange in color.The bill is very – long and dagger like. The Kingfisher feeds mainly on fish and invertebrates, which it catches by perching on a convenient branch. They usually sit on low-hanging branches or bushes right above the water or on small plants that spring up in the middle of shallow waters and dive into the water when prey comes within striking distance.

Common Kingfisher

One strong Kingfisher:)

Well, its not about to fly or its not calling!! If you look at it carefully, there is one more Kingfisher flying towards it. This screamed and scared the other ‘fisher. This is not that good a pic, but I have put it here to show this behavior!!(how I wish the water didn’t reflect the white sky!).

Concentration

This is how they look for fish.

Blast

As I mentioned earlier, Kingfishers are avid divers. After a dip into the lake and catching its prey, this is how they shiver the excess water off its body and batter the fish. This is my FAVORITE pic. For me, this represents the bird.

Click HERE to see color version of this.

With Fish

Its colorful attire

On the way back home, though I wished I had an extra 100mm (which I can only wish for now 😦 ), I had a rare smile on my face. It is not often that things happen the way the you want and when they do happen, you should completely enjoy it!

Nikon D300s,Nikkor  70 – 300 mm lens, lying  flat on ground.

Have a great Sunday.

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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


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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 .

PEACOCK SILHOUETTE

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 🙂 )


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Green Bee Eater in Rain

This weekend has been the most unproductive one in a long time!!! It was pouring in Bangalore so I thought ill head to my native (Shanthigrama) and try something out here.But to my bad luck it  started raining here as well .Here is the picture of  a Green Bee eater in rain which I had taken here in Shanthigrama, last month.

Green Bee eater in Rain

The Green Bee-eater,  Merops orientalis, (also known as Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird  in the bee – eater family.They breed in South-eastern Asia, and  seen during the season in most places in peninsular India.

It  is a richly coloured slender bird. It is about 9 inches (16–18 cm) long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers.  The entire plumage is bright green and tinged with blue especially on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back  tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous washed with green and tipped with blackish. A fine black line runs in front of and behind the eye. The iris is crimson and the bill is black while the legs are dark grey.

Bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.

Hope you like it.