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.
 

33 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

hari OM
Birder that I am, I adored this post, Joe!!! Barbets are among my favourite birds... but that's not hard with me, who tends to 'fave' whatever I can get in my lens!!! YAM xx

Peter Kouwenhoven said...

Wonderful photos!

Miinaa Screwvalla said...

Lovely post..enjoyed it

Andrew said...

So many birds to see! The Barbet has great markings around the head and chest, but quite a plain body.

joeh said...

I'm not an expert, but I have always lived birds. It is interesting how similar birds are all over the world, but I think yours are a bit more fascinating than ours... may be because they are new to me.

Thank you for the pictures.

shaheen maniar said...

Thanks for sharing the blog. I've seen many of these birds near my home in Pune. I'm not a bird lover, but like watching the different ones hopping and flitting around. The different bird calls also fascinate.

Anonymous said...

While staying in Uttaranchal, we could spot various species of birds. It was a rare sight and we could enjoy their movements very closely. Unfortunately we could not click pictures - Anand Torvi

Francischacko@yahoo. Com said...

Hi joe. Thanks for the share. Loved it. Great work. Congrathanks

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos. Have you sent any of your work to National Geographic? - Rowena Helton Zimmerman

Unknown said...

An excellent blog. Beautiful pictures of these majestic creatures and excellent narrative.

Christine said...

Lovely post on beautiful birds of India!

Connie said...

Beautiful photographs. I love how colorful your birds are. Here they are mostly brown. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now your newest follwer.
Have a lovely day.
Connie :)

Anonymous said...

Very impressive snaps. Very informative post Joe - Selwyn Francis

Jeannette said...

If I go around humming like an accordion all day, Joe, well it will be because I enjoyed your video so much. Birds are such a gift, thank you for sharing the ones you encounter...little superstars they are.

A Cuban In London said...

Gorgeous photos.

Greetings from London.

Pat Hatt said...

Great shots. Sure a ton of different variety of birds indeed. That hornbill sure sticks out there.

kaykuala said...

Such fantastic pics Haddock. Hank has great admiration for talented photo enthusiasts with the patience to snap such rare photos. Thanks for sharing

Hank

Lady Fi said...

What lovely shots. That Barbet is so pretty.

Mari-Pi-R said...

Gracias por pasar por mi blog, que tengas un buen domingo.

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is great Joe. Some lovely pics. Which camera do you use? - Harvinder Kaur

Bijoux said...

An amazing collection of birds, none of which I've ever seen or heard of before.

S S Cheema said...

I am from Chandigarh and perhaps in some of your next visit we can get together and we can do some birding around Chandigarh together. Do keep me posted and nice blog.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Gorgeous photographs. I love taking pictures of birds too. We have a variety here in the country, but not as many different kinds as you have seen. You have birds I've never before heard of. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing with us.

Dee said...

Hello, I read through the comments and discovered that your name is Joe. So Dear Joe, thanks so much for introducing me to the birds of northern India. We do not have these birds here in the state of Missouri in the United States.

I read another blog from an Australian blogger and she often posts bird photographs. They, too, differ from those here. How wonderful it would be to be much younger than I am and to have the money to travel around the world and see all the beauty that would await me--bird and flower and tree and bush, mountain and rivers and valley. Marsh lands and prairies. So much beauty.

Thanks again. Peace.

Amy Purdy said...

Beautiful birds! Especially the green ones.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post. - Dianne Shepherd (Moderator BirdSociety in Google)

Rachel said...

You have the most amazing variety of birds to watch! So colorful and beautiful! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures, Haddock! :)

DMS said...

Absolutely stunning photos. I love bird watching and your pictures are so crisp and clear that I feel like I am right there.

I love seeing nature sprout up and green grass and shoots of leaves always make me feel hopeful. :)
~Jess

Preeti said...

As a bird-watcher myself, I loved this post! Especially the captions for the parrots :D :D and the chubby redstart: super cute! King is king, though, isn't it? How majestic!

Lorraine said...

I really enjoyed seeing the birds from your locale. Isn't it often the case of not having the camera ready when something interesting comes around - happens to all of us!

Radha said...

The Oriental White Eye, really looks as if it has a white eye pasted on it ! What camera did you use to get such good pictures of the birds at a height? Very nice bird sighting it appears from your pictures.

Haddock said...

@Radha, all the pictures in this blog has been clicked by a point and shoot camera.
Its Canon PowerShot SX60-HS

RO said...

These birds are pretty neat! Hugs...RO