Thursday, February 8, 2018

Birds in Chandigarh

It is so nice to see new leaves sprouting up at a place where a tree is cut. A sign to say that life goes on 

It is also nice to see birds doing the balancing act to get to the flowers. Here is an Oriental Reed Warbler among the sarson field (mustard field) 

Had been to Chandigarh last week and clicked some of the birds over there. 
Have heard the tuk tuk sound for so many decades but was never able to pin point the actual source. It was only last week I saw the Coppersmith Barbet in action, and I was like “OK so this is the guy who was eluding me all these years” 

I captured him in action by zooming more than 100 meters and hence the sound is very faint  (in the video) Even though they don’t have long beaks like the woodpecker, their nest is made by carving out a hole in the tree trunk. 

The Oriental White Eye was hopping around pretty fast and it was a challenge to keep her in the frame. 

The Indian Grey Hornbill was sitting on top of a Pipal tree swaying in the breeze.

 I have observed (even in Pune) that these hornbills move around in threes 

Almost all the birds were up but this parrot was still sleeping 

These two looked like a pair but the one in the foreground was ignoring the other one with the expression “Is that guy still behind me?” 

The Mynas were having a good time sharing their food with the squirrels. 

I even noticed a single legged Myna hopping around 

The Ashy Prinia was sort of lurking in the mustard field. 

The jungle Babbler is quick with his beak, looking for something tasty between the dry leaves. 

The Guldenstadt’s Redstart had a bobbing motion while sitting at a place  

The spotted Dove was casual in its movements 

I took a long shot at the Steppe Eagle who was majestically sitting on top of a tree.

"Is he gone ?"

I had spotted a Greater Yellownape Woodpecker too, but by the time I fetched my camera, he had disappeared. 
All the pictures/videos were captured with a hand held camera.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bird watching

It is a nice feeling to know that you have completed three fourth of the journey before the sun rises. 

Had been to Bhigwan for bird watching. Being there early had its advantages. I could shoot some good silhouettes. 

You had to point your camera in any direction and you are sure to catch two or three birds in one frame. Long beak, short beak, curved beak, gap in between beak.  Asian Open bill stork is identified by the gap in between the beak. 

 It was just coincidence that the nostrils of this open bill stork was in line with my camera by which I could see the light passing through and through.  

The eyes of this Night Heron is very mesmerizing. 

The painted stork breeds on trees either in mixed colonies along with other water birds or by themselves. Here this one has come down for fishing.

The Grey headed swamphen (Purple swamphen) has an elaborate courtship display holding water weeds in his bill and bowing to the female with loud chuckles. I noticed that they have huge feet.

Purple swamphen

I saw one of them pulling out a weed. He uses a lot of energy to pull out that weed which is almost six feet deep underground. After all the trouble he just leaves it and goes, perhaps not happy with the roots to be presented to a prospective bride. (you can see it in the video) 

The black headed Ibis had its beak open.

It was fun to see a pair of the Spoonbill wading in the water, hunting for fish. 


Looks like this pair of Black Winged Stilt birds were out for a synchronized walk.

 Clicked some birds sitting on a wire like this Black Drongo and the Pied Bushcat 

 Black Drongo

 Pied Bushcat (male)

 Pied Bushcat (female)
The black bandit mask is very prominent in this Bay Backed Shrike.

Bay Backed Shrike

These wagtails were busy trying to catch some insects in the field. They were agile and quick. You can see the insects against the rising sun. 

Eastern Yellow Wagtail
The green Bee Eater sort of blended well with all the greenery around him.

Green Bee Eater

The Grey Heron scanning the sky line while the black winged stilt trying to locate a fish.

Saw a pair of Ruddy Shelduck (also known as Brahmini Duck) lazing in the water. 

The nest of the Glossy Ibis is a platform of twigs and vegetation positioned one to seven meters above water level. 

Glossy Ibis

The Painted Stork kept walking, meeting new friends along the way. While wading, he stirs the bottom with one leg, while the beak is ready to catch the fish. 

  The bullock carts were busy going into the fields to pick up the sugar cane 

These are later transferred to the tractors or trucks. 

Each tractor had a good sound system with huge speakers on either side. So you can hear a variety of songs blaring out when you pass a convoy of tractors.

People usually go to Bhigwan to see Flamingos but as per this local guide none of them made a landing as the water level was too high.

The local fishermen made the most of it by using their boats to catch fish.

The exact location where I clicked these pictures.