Greylag Geese and other waterfowl
Lesser Whistling-duck fight 1
White-capped Water Redstart
Collared Scops Owl, juvenile
Indian Pond Heron diving for fish
Red-crested Pochard, female
Darter with Tilapia
Greater Painted Snipe, female
Oriental Magpie Robin
Indian Pond Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Cattle Egret and Black Drongo
Had to have the National bird in an album entitled Birds-India :-).
This is shot at dawn at Sariska National Park, India,
A male Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos macei).
Brown-headed Gull (Larus brunnicephalus). Gujarat India.
A male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) from the Central Himalayas, India
Sunbirds are small nectar feeders and rarely hover.
A Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala).
Black Kites (Milvus migrans) are common city birds in many parts of India
Small Pratincole (Glareola lactea)
This is one of the more difficult birds to catch on the wing because it is small and fast. Image from a moving boat.
The Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) is a large woodpecker. It is fairly well established in most places in India and occurs in gardens and parks. This is a female sitting on a fig tree.
The Red-crested Pochard (Rhodonessa rufina) is my favourite wildfowl and I can travel great distances to see and photograph them.
This is a male.
The small and beautiful Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina) from the Sikkim Himalayas, India. Old film image, but I like the set up.
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a winter visitor to India from Europe. +Marta Bych wanted to see one from India. This is from Gujarat, India.
The Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) is the farmers friend. It feeds on snails which affect rice paddy fields (like this one). The bird is zealously protected.
The little Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) is the last post for the day. This bird is called Zitting because of its call which goes "zitt-zitt". The bird depends on grasslands for survival.
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)
Today's post of a Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) is for my friends who share lovely soft pastel images. This is as shot. No PS. Nature does her own :-)
This lovely bird is a Crested Finchbill (Spizixos canifrons). It is found in the rain forests of north-east India.
The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is my bird for Bird Friday. This common little bird has the unique distinction of being named after two gods, Goddess Athena and Brahma, a Hindu god.
Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) with a meal.
This is from 5 or 6 feet away.
A female Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark (Eremopterix grisea) against the backdrop of distant paddy fields.
The little Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris) wishes everyone all over the world a very Happy Sunday Morning with his 1st song of the day.
Heuglin's Gull (Larus heuglini)
Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus)
This one is for my good G+ friend, Michel Plungjan who shared a lovely pirate portrait yesterday on Pirate Day. I wanted to post this little pirate last night but could not find it.
Note: Some leaves removed. +Michel Plungjan
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Chestnut-tailed Minla (Minla strigula) in the mist
This is a Himalayan species. This bird has a lot of character.
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris)
In bird photography it is very difficult to get a composition that you like. The bird decides where it sits. This one I thought had some taste in choosing its perch :-)
Pratincoles scatter as the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) sweeps in.
West Bengal, India
Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca) or Tricoloured Munia
Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnus malabaricus)
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)
This is a big bird. Hornbill males seal their mates inside tree holes with mud while she hatches the eggs and raises the young. The hole has an opening through which those inside are fed.
White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis)
This is a high-altitude forest species.
Changeable Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus cirrhatus)
I like the perch.
And welcome to the many new Google+'s who circled me today. I am greatful and happy that you circled me and I hope you enjoy what I share.
A word of caution though. Many of you circled me based on the viewing choice of some photographers, many of whom are true G+ legends. Please remember that greats can and do view a variety of work that is shared, but those may never be of the same standard. So expecting the same level of ability in, for example my work, will lead to dissapointment. The best thing to do is to get a feel of the posts of every new person you have circled by watching a few posts. Only then can you decide if you enjoy what you get in your stream.
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
This perky chap is locally called the 'Sipahi Bulbul'. The term 'sipahi' is used to describe 'sepoy's who were Indian soldiers in the service of colonial rulers. The headdress of the sepoys have a resemblance to the jaunty crest and colour combination found in this bird.
Male Purple-rumped Sunbird (Nectarinia zeylonica) sipping nectar from potted jasmine flowers.
Note: Some leaves removed. Background is a wall on our terrace.
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferrea)
This small sparrow-sized bird inhabits the Himalayas down to the foothills. This is the male.
Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata)
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
This is for +John Briggs Songbird Saturday #songbirdsaturday
This species is a fine songster.
Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)
For those who like pretty little bird images.
Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus)
A bird of the Himalayan ranges.
Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)
A lone Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) wings across the surf.
Bay of Bengal, India
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
Not all birds are colourful and not all sit on pretty flowers. This little brown and white job is plain indeed to the casual observer, but to me it is a cute and spirited member of the cisiticola family.
Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo
The elegant Demoiselle crane is about the prettiest in the crane family. Every winter hundreds of thousands visit India to avoid the harsh winters of western Europe. The gathering at a place called Khichan in Rajashtan, India is nothing short of spectacular, as thousands of these birds congregate to feed on bird seeds contributed by the villagers. A short video here: http://youtu.be/w3fdZUoVI4U
These birds were photographed at Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat and were part of a congregation of over a 1,000 cranes.
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
One of my few captive bird images. The background is natural, just darkened a bit.
She's got a ticket to ri-hi-hide
Bank Myna Acridotheres fuscus on a domestic water buffalo.
He is thirsty, can you please give him a hand?
Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata on the handle of a hand-operated water pump.
I like the harmony of colours in this image. I hope you do too! :)
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis
The Black-necked Crane is a medium-sized crane that is found in high elevations in Asia. The bulk of the population is found in the Tibetan Plateau. Some populations are known to make seasonal movements. The crane is revered in Buddhist traditions and is culturally protected across much of its range.
The estimated population of the Black-necked Crane is about 11000 individuals. IUCN classifies the species as Vulnerable to extinction because it has a single small population that is declining owing to the loss and degradation of wetlands, and changing agricultural practices in both its breeding and wintering grounds.
My 2nd contribution to the inaugural edition of Threatened Thursday curated by +Diego Cattaneo , +Sandy Schepis , +Anette Mossbacher and myself. +Threatened Thursday #ThreatenedThursday
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
At 53 cms long, this is India's 2nd largest parakeet. The image is of a male from Kolkata, India.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum
This species is the national bird of Myanmar (Burma).
It is a large pheasant, up to 76 cm long and the sexes are similar. The Grey Peacock Pheasant is distributed in lowland and hill forests of India and Southeast Asia.
Note: Captive specimen and background darkened in post processing.
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus
The Green peafowl is a close cousin of the more common Indian Peafowl. It is found eastwards of India in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. This species is highly endangered and the current world population is believed to be less than 5,000 birds. We cover such threatened species each week in our theme Threatened Thursday #threatenedthursday
This zoo specimen was photographed in Northeast India, and the pair is possibly the only specimen of the species in captivity in the country. An important pair because they are the only proof that the species still occurs in India.
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum , also known as the Grasshopper-Bird.
One of my favourite species. Very confiding, and I like the shade of lipstick! :)
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
A very common species in many parts of India.
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Photographing all black birds is a challenge, and you need the right light to bring out the subtleties because many are usually not matt black.
This Black Drongo, shot in Kolkata, India can look very flat and dark in the wrong light. I hope this image brings out the sheen in the feathers.
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
I generally display birds that are attractive by themselves because that is what the audience seem to like. But all birds are not colourful, in fact the majority are not, and they are often ignored for display purposes for that reason. In my opinion almost all birds are beautiful, it is just a matter of showing them in the right light. And it is also a bigger challenge for the photographer, his abilities are more important. Much like a sharing an image of a landscape which has little draw on its own. The photog has to make the image.
This little bird was photographed in Dehradun, India.
For #breakfastclub by +Gemma Costa ; #exploreindia
The Dance of the Swamphen
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Common Cranes (Grus grus)
Good morning G+.
White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus)
This is an old Provia 100 film image shot taken in complete darkness with the aid of a manual flash.
This is for #filmfriday and once I figure out how, I will share it on +Jeff Smith 's "On Film album"
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
The Shikra is the commonest predatory bird in India and is a famed hunter. One of the rare cases where the local name has become the English Common Name.
The Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is a widespread species in India. It does considerable damage to agricultural crops and is a well-established invasive in England.
A River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) protects his patch. Where else, but next to a river?
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus)
This is one of my favourite birds. This male is shot, in bright sunlight, from some distance away at about 10,000 feet in the Bhutan Himalaya.
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)
This is a tiny bird which is found in many parts of India.
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
At 6 feet tall, the Sarus is India's largest bird. The species is renowned for its pair fidelity, pairing for life.
Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea)
Also called the Pekin Robin, this bird is a fine songster.
The song here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/IODAFNJGEM/RedBilledLeiothrix.mp3
Songbird Saturday curated by +John Briggs
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus)
This is an immature bird.
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
*Blue-capped Rock Thrush (Monticola cinclorhynchus)
Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)
This is for +Mike Spinak curated Wildlife Wednesday.
I had posted this in July but removed it after a day.
Note: Some leaves removed from background in PP.
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) in breeding plumage
Pelicans seem to be the flavour of this week. Thought I'd share this rather funny close-up of an adult. +Laurent Coppée would be happy to see this one, I think.
Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei)
This is a small owlet and is very distinctive because it carries markings at the back of the head which look like another set of eyes. Will post some day.
Black-breasted Weaver (Ploceus benghalensis)
This is for +John Briggs curated #songbirdsaturday
Spotted Forktail (Enicurus maculatus) in its mountain stream habitat.
This is for +Richard Call curated Film Friday
Shot with a Nikon F80 on Fuji Provia 200 and scanned. Fill-flash was used.
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)
*Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)
This is for Songbird Saturday curated by +John Briggs
The song here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/AFEHYCAHZR/White-throatedFantailVNEdwards.mp3
and here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/UXOKEACNUT/White-throated%20Fantail_2.mp3
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis
India has a number of nuthatch species but this is, perhaps, the cutest of them all.
This image is dedicated to my dear friend +Christophe Friedli by the all bird families to apologise for the ignominy he suffered recently at their hands :-)
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Ruddy Turnstones seem to be the flavour of the week, so here is one from India.
This is for +Lee Daniels and +Phil Armishaw , not only in admiration of their photography but also to add further incentive to their 'no stones left unturned ' battle.
Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus
Not sure if I can hang around to play for long +Phil Armishaw , but here is an Old World warbler to start this round of #birdpoker off :-)
Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis
This is one of the few bird photos from my recent trip to Dehradun in Northwest India. This male is in moult.
For #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
This is one of the toughest flight images that I have ever made. These birds are lightning fast. The background is water filled with duckweed. The image is used in the Title page of our new book.
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae
This is a flycatcher from the Himalaya in India and is my contribution to my friend +Jeff Wendorff 's Flycatcher Friday. Niltava ( Nilatabha ) means blue glow and is derived from Sanskrit.
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus
Oh! forgot. This will do for #songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs
Pallas's Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus
And just in case there are any challengers left, here is the largest of the gulls' to warn them to stay away :-)
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
Clever ploy +Sasidhar Akkiraju and +Chris Miller . By including a majority of cormorants you have effectively changed the suite as I understand the #birdpoker rules. Here is my opening response :-)
Birds - India
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
My opening gambit for +Phil Armishaw 's plover and sandpiper theme for today's #birdpoker.
After being roughed up on yesterday's cormorant theme, I'll hold back the aces for the closing rounds :-)
Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
This is one of our beautiful forest doves. They move through the canopy at amazing speeds and often crash against man-made structures.
*Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor
I am not sure I should be anywhere near the keyboard after a serious Friday night out with my friends. But +Jeff Wendorff is a pal, and rules are meant tio be broken for pals. This is for #FlycatcherFriday curated by Jeff. It is also for my dear friend +Laurent Coppée who likes blue birds. Laurent brings a smile to my day, everyday. He is precious.
I am hope you will excuse me if I attend to the comments after I wake up tomorrow. Good night all my friends on G+ You guys are amazing!
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
A Greater Short-toed Lark sings its little heart out for #songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
The guys are playing #BirdPoker : Black Birds. The idea is too catch the iridescence or feather detail.
I trust that this post will meet both demands of +Phil Armishaw . The way the afternoon light lit up this dark bird was remarkable.
Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
+Scott Jarvie asked yesterday to share our favourite images and tag them #photofave with a reason for choosing why the image is a favourite.
I shot this male parakeet in Corbett National Park in 2004 by accident. I had gone to the bushes to get rid rid of some of the after-effects of a heavy afternoon beer session. The camera was on my shoulder by habit. As relief flooded in (or is it out? :-)) I saw a small movement in the bushes in front of me, barely 5 feet away. Out emerged this magnificent male and though aware of my presence, completely ignored me. Perhaps he knew from experience that no harm comes when men are thus occupied. Birds are wise, otherwise they would have perished long ago.
But other than being a moment to remember, this image is a favourite for a reason. This was my 1st double-page spread published image. A great day for me, especially as it was paid for :-)
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
This is for #Birdpoker where today's theme, as decided by +Phil Armishaw, is White Birds.
Sometimes the background makes the image :-)
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris
A little Ultramarine Flycatcher wishes everyone across the globe a very good morning.
This is for #FlycatcherFriday curated by our very own +Jeff Wendorff
It is also for #BreakfastClub
And it is for +Laurent Coppée & +Khrystiane Friedli who like blue birds :-)
Baillon's Crake Porzana Pusilla
The guys are playing #BirdPoker Environment curated by +Phil Armishaw
Thought I'd wish Phil good morning with this tiny (19cm) rail in its reedbed environment.
Little Tern Sterna albifrons
This is for #BirdPoker Terns curated by +Phil Armishaw
I recommend that you see it full size :-)
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Dinner time and not sure if I can play any more today, So here is a flock of long-billed birds in flight for
#birdpoker Long Beaks curated by +Phil Armishaw
Brown-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa muttui
This is for #FlycatcherFriday curated by +Jeff Wendorff
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos
The Comb Duck or Nakta is a fairly large duck found in many parts of the world. It is a tree nester, laying eggs in holes on tall tree trunks near water.
This is for #FlybyFriday curated by the most wonderful +Meg Rousher
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
These drab birds are a photography challenge and it is fortuitous that this non-breeding Spotted Redshank retains its red shanks through the year :-)
This is for #WadingBirdWednesday curated by +Ray Bilcliff and +Sherry McBriar
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
For #WhatTheDuckMonday curated by +Phil Armishaw . Who knows, may even qualify for #MoodyMonday if +Philip Daly is impressed by the dark mood of the birds :-)
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
The Common Tailorbird is tiny at 12cm. They "sew" their nests out of green living leaves using silk and leaf filaments as threads. It is a cheerful and active garden bird in many parts of India.
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri
Sometimes shooting in early morning light and using a fill-in-flash can give you very rich colours. Here is a male Red-breasted Parakeet shot early in the morning at Kolkata city, India.
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
Common Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
Popularly known as the Brainfever Bird because of its loud, repetitive three note calls that are well-rendered as brain-fever, this medium sized cuckoo is resident in South Asia. The resemblance to hawks gives this group the generic name of hawk-cuckoo and like many other cuckoos these are brood parasites laying their eggs in the nest of other birds.
Those who want to hear the call can find it here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/RNVWOVLEUN/commonhawkcuckoosongnepalFarrow.mp3
This fits #birdpoker Decurved Bill curated by +Phil Armishaw
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
This is a species which my friends in Europe should be familiar with.
New Delhi, India