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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.

ROLLER CALLINGRoller Calling

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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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 .

Cheers,

Bhargav


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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.

LANGUR BABY PEEKING

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 🙂