+ Birds

Indian Skimmer
Red-headed Vulture
Spot Bellied Eagle Owl
Blue Tailed Bee Eater
Ashy Prinia
Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female
Asian Fairy Bluebird
ODKF - The Jewel of Konkan
White Cheeked Barbet
Brown Winged Kingfisher
Hill Myna
Srilankan Frogmouth
Blue Eared Kingfisher
Paradise Fly-Catcher
Indian Eagle Owl, Female
Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia
Malabar Parakeet
Blue Eared Kingfisher, Female
Malabar Grey Hornbill
Indian Scimitar Babbler
Happy New Year
Indian Blue Robin, Male
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Asian Pied Starling
Black Naped Monarch
Malabar Trogon, Male
Collared Kingfisher
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Brown-Breasted Fly Catcher
Brown Fish Owl..
Pied Kingfisher, Female
Emerald Dove
Oriental White Eye
Malabar Trogon, female
White Rumped Shama, Male
Verditer Flycatcher
Crimpson Backed Sunbird
Spot-Bellied Eagle owl
Spot Billed Pelican
Greater Flameback
White Rumped Shama, Female
Black Redstart, Male
Sarus Crane
Bluethroat
Small Blue Kingfisher
Malabar Trogon, Male
Common Kingfisher (Common Blue)
Laggar Falcon
Tawny Eagle
Laggar Falcon
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Long legged Buzzard
Booted Eagle
Long legged Buzzard
Southern Grey Shrike
Bay backed Shrike
White Rumped Shama, Male
Indian Silver Bill
Serpent Eagle
White Throated Kingfisher
The season of Dance
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Tickell's Blue Fly-Catcher
Painted Bunting, Male
Indian Pitta
CHE Portrait
Indian Roller
Red Avadavat, Male
Black-Lored Tit, Male
Peacock at rain
Black Rumped Flameback
Indian Blue Robin
Scarlet Minivet, Female
Scops Owl
Hot summer afternoon..
Scrub Jay
Boat Tailed Grackle, Male
White Throated KF
Blue-Capped Rock Thrush, Male
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Indian Openbill
Dark Fronted Babbler
Ring Billed Gull
Black Vulture
Red-winged Blackbird, Immature
Turkey Vulture
American Coot
Limpkin
Wood Stork
Lesser Scaup
Boat-tailed Grackle
Snowy Egret
Red-Winged Blackbird
Osprey with half eaten fish
Yellow Browed Bulbul
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Ruby Throated Bulbul
White Rumped Shama, Female
Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male
Stork Billed Kingfisher
Black Redstart, Male
Morning Glory
Spot-Billed Pelican
Sarus Crane
Spot Billed Duck
Black Redstart, Female
Red Avadavat, Female
Paradise Fly-Catcher, Male
Spot-Billed Pelican
Emerald Dove
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Scaly-Breasted Munia
Sand Piper
Scaly-Breasted Munia
House Sparrow (Male)
Flame Throated Bulbul
Blue Cap Rock Thrush
White Bellied Fly Catcher, Female
Pied Hornbill
Junvenile CSE
Shikra
Pied Kingfisher
Eurasian Eagle Owl
White-Eyed Buzzard
White Bellied Sea Eagle
Spot Bellied Eagle Owl
White Eyed Buzzard.
Whistling Duck
Black Ibis
Brown Fish Owl
River Tern
Spot Billed Pelican
Indian River Tern Fledgling
Montagu's Harrier, Female
Magpie Robin
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Bay Backed Shrike
Rufous Treepie
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Coucal
Purple Sunbird, Female
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Racket Tailed Drongo
Serpent Eagle
Montagu Harrier (Male)
Asian Fairy Bluebird, Female
Stork Billed Kingfisher
Blue cap Rock Thrush
Brown Fish Owl
Lesser Cormorant
White Wagtail
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Pied Bushchat, Male
Hummingbird
Jungle Owlet
Brown Fish Owl
Honey Buzzard
Jungle Owlet
Black Shouldered Kite
Imperial Pigeon
Indian Roller
White Breasted Kingfisher
Pied Bushchat, female
Montagu Harrier, Female
Stone Plover
Green Bee-eater
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Serpent Eagle
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Night jar
Spotted Owlet
Indian Roller
Hoppoe Bird
Indian Courser
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Stork Billed Kingfisher
White Eyed Buzzard
White Bellied Drongo
Serpent Eagle
Black rumped Flameback
White Bellied Woodpecker
Paradise Flycatcher
Brown Fish Owl
Peacock Dance
Vulture
Serpent Eagle
Rosy Starling
White Wagtail
Stork Billed Kingfisher
River Tern Chick
Alexandrine Parakeet
Spot Billed Duck
Spot Billed Duck
Malabar Parakeet
Spotted Dove
White Browed Fantail Flycatcher
Plain Prinia
Grey Frankolin
Peregrine Falcon
Ashy Prinia
Paddy field Pipit
Pied Cuckoo
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
Common Kestrel
Pied Bushchat, Male
Black Kite
Common Stonechat
Common Kestrel
Brown Shrike
PYRRHULOXIA, Cardenal Torito
Hume's Lesser Whitethroat
Egret
Common Stonechat, Female
Black Kite
Adjutant Stork
Brown Headed Barbett
Grey Heron with a snake kill
Common Sandpiper
Jungle Babbler
Bharminy Starling
Black-Headed Cuckooshrike
Lotens Sunbird
White Ibis, Juvenile
River Tern
Rufous-Tailed Lark
White rumped Shama
Streak-throated Woodpecker, Male
Common Sandgrouse
Jungle Myna
Northern Shoveller
Mottled Wood Owl
Mottled Wood Owl
Changeable Hawk Eagle
India's National Bird.
Painted Spur Fowl
Malabar Trogon, Male
Urban Wildlife
Yellow Browed Bulbul
Serpant Eagle
Verditer Flycatcher
White rumped Shama
Osprey
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Plum-headed Parakeet
A Perfect Take-off
Collared Kingfisher
Indian Pitta
Malabar Trogan, Male
Little Spider Hunter
Flame Throated Bulbul
Lesser Yellow naped Woodpecker
Blue Bearded Bee-eater
Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker
Velvet fronted Nuthatch
Paradise FlyCatcher, Female
Large wood shrike
Blue Capped Rock Thrush
Malabar Trogon, Male
White Bellied Blue Fly-catcher, Male
Blue-capped Rock Thrush
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Tickell's Blue FlyCatcher
Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
ODKF
Golden Oriole
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Dream Koel
Indian Cuckoo
Plum Head Parakeet
White Bellied Woodpecker
Black Lored Tit
Laughing Dove
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Rofous Tailed Lark
Oriental White Eye
Copper Smith Barbet
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Barn Swallow
Crested Bunting
Painted Bush Quail
Lesser Goldenback
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
Oriental White Eye
Little or Small Pratincole
Great Tit
Nilgiri Laughing Thrush
White Browed Bulbul
Jerdon's Nightjar
Jerdon's Leafbird
Little Spider Hunter
Indian Blue Robin
Golden Fronted LEafbird
Leaf Warbler
Black Headed Munia
White Spotted Fantail
Tawny Bellied Babbler
Rusty Tailed Flycatcher
Ashy Drongo
Jerdon's Leafbird (Male)
Coppersmith Barbet
Malabar Parakeet (M)
Black and Orange FlyCatcher
Great Pied Hornbill
Pallas's Fish Eagle
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
Blue Eared Kingfisher
March on
ODKF
Blue Throated FlyCatcher
Blyth's Starling
Black Hooded Oriole
Brown Hawk-Owl
Small Pratincole
Bronze Winged Jacana
Darter
Rusty Tailed Flycatcher
Short Eared Owl
Steppe Eagle
Eastern Imperial Eagle
LRK Sunset
Steppe Eagle
Ruddy Shellduck
Leafbird
Cinnamon Bittern
Jungle Bush Quail
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Yellow Eyed Babbler
Red-billed Leiothrix
Nuthatch
White-Crested LaughingThrush
Straited Laughingthrush
Crested Kingfisher
Black Headed Jay
Brown fronted Woodpecker
Bank Myna
Small Niltava
Striated Laughingthrush
Rofous Sibia
Black Bulbul
Rofous-Chinned Laughingthrush
Purple-rumped Sunbird, Male
Black Headed Munia
Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Velvet Fronted Nuthatch
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Thick Billed Flowerpecker.
White-Browed Robin-Chat
Rofous-Bellied Woodpecker
Black Francolin
Hill Myna
White Backed Vulture
Black Bittern
APFC Male
Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female
Asian Fairy Bluebird, Male
Jerdon's Leafbird
Spot Winged Grosbeak
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
Mid air Tango
Vigor's Sunbird
European Roller
Small Blue
Peregrine Falcon
Grey Headed Bulbul

Indian Skimmer

Finally managed to get some nice images of this mating pair.

Red-headed Vulture

Though very shy, it came down to drink water and gave us an opportunity to make some cool images.

Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Also known as Forest Eagle Owl.. This is a Juvenile sitting outside its nest while the mother was calling from a distance..

Blue Tailed Bee Eater

Mysore Outskirts near river Cauvery.

Ashy Prinia

He decided to show up a bit late.. Thankfully the light was still holding up :)

Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female

A very beautiful species

Asian Fairy Bluebird

Finally after a long long wait...

ODKF - The Jewel of Konkan

ODKF, The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) also known as the Black-backed Kingfisher or Three-toed Kingfisher is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. This is a small, red and yellow kingfisher, averaging 13 cm (5.1 in) in length, yellow underparts with glowing bluish-black upperparts. This is a widespread resident of lowland forest, endemic across much of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The preferred habitat is small streams in densely shaded forests. In the Konkan region of southwest India, it begins to breed with the onset of the Southwest Monsoon in June. The nest is a horizontal tunnel up to a metre in length. The clutch of 4-5 eggs hatches in 9-10 days with both the male and female incubating. The birds fledge after another 9 days and a second brood may be raised if the first fails. The young are fed with geckos, skinks, crabs, snails, frogs, crickets and dragonflies. Known as the "Jewel of Konkan" as it nests in that region and the sighting is good after the first south west monsoon showers. One needs to travel all the way to the western ghats to capture this tiny jewel and it requires loads of patience and perseverance. We used to wait there from 8AM to 6PM inside our hide with pounding rain, dark clouds and low light conditions. But end of the day, a glimpse of this rainbow coloured beauty would refill our energy levels and make the entire experience very sweet :)

White Cheeked Barbet

Waited all day to get the pair together and in a nice moment.. This came late in the evening when the light was fading away :)

Brown Winged Kingfisher

Bhitarkanika

Hill Myna

A long term dream of photographing this beauty, Finally got it !!

Srilankan Frogmouth

A very rare sighting of three of them together is an open perch.. It was dark and raining so had to use the flash.

Blue Eared Kingfisher

My dream KF on a dream perch

Paradise Fly-Catcher

Very fortunate to get this beauty up close and in a clean perch.. It was clicked handheld and due to the shade on the branch the shutter dropped to 1/80 - Did not have the time to change any settings then but held by breath to avoid any shake.. was also praying to get atleast one frame in focus :)

Indian Eagle Owl, Female

Took us quite a searching in a rainy day and in the end we were very lucky to find her in the open. Even then it was not easy to spot this master of camouflage.

Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia

Also known as Yellow Throated Sparrow

Malabar Parakeet

Also known as Blue Tailed Parakeet

Blue Eared Kingfisher, Female

She was very shy.. sat on a branch few meters behind for a while before she came on this perch. It was a dream perch with a dream BG and ofcourse a dream birdie :)

Malabar Grey Hornbill

This male gave us some nice pose on a clean perch :)

Indian Scimitar Babbler

A dream bird - In my many years of going to Ganeshgudi, got lucky this time with this extremely shy bird, finally !!.. This guy came and sat in the open for a few seconds right in front for a near full frame shot. I wish it did that before taking the dip, but hey, iam not complaining atall :)

Happy New Year

Indian Blue Robin, Male

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

This is a ODKF chick which is only 12 days old.. Felt blessed to have seen this moment.

Asian Pied Starling

Finally got this species on a nice clean perch..

Black Naped Monarch

Late evening, High ISO shot

Malabar Trogon, Male

He did come out after all the wait and perched in the open. How I wish he chose a better (clean) perch, but hey, I'm not complaining atall.

Collared Kingfisher

Finally got this beauty close and on a clean perch...

Black-Capped Kingfisher

Finally - All the hard work and patience paid off. It was intense test of patience as we had to move very slowly without any movement or noise.. This guy is otherwise very skittish and moves off at the slightest of noise..

Brown-Breasted Fly Catcher

Been on my list of Fly Catchers for long....

Brown Fish Owl..

Very close to our jeep in Bandhavgarh...

Pied Kingfisher, Female

Finally got her on a clean perch after going there for many many weekends...

Emerald Dove

Profile shot from Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, INDIA

Oriental White Eye

Finally managed to get this beauty close enough and on a clean perch.

Malabar Trogon, female

Finally got her on this auspicious day - She more than made my Diwali very happy and colourful.

White Rumped Shama, Male

Verditer Flycatcher

Found her on a clean perch in great light..

Crimpson Backed Sunbird

Fortunate enough to get this guy on a clean perch.. It was after almost half a day of waiting that he sat on a perch for 5 seconds or so.

Spot-Bellied Eagle owl

aka Forest Eagle Owl and extremely rare to find this beauty in our forest. Very luck to find one in our last trip to KGudi. Very late in the evening with low light conditions.

Spot Billed Pelican

She flew straight into me while collecting nesting material floating on the water.

Greater Flameback

Very lucky to have sighted this beauty at Kabini.

White Rumped Shama, Female

Dream bird on a dream perch, Can I ask for more?

Black Redstart, Male

Sarus Crane

Finally got one of these reasonably close for a 600mm lens.

Bluethroat

It took me a long long time to get a decent image of this beauty. It was far and the image is cropped quite a bit.

Small Blue Kingfisher

My luck with Small blue KF continues.. Got it again on a very clean perch and very close.

Malabar Trogon, Male

This guy was very shy.. it took us more than two hours of waiting before he came out on an open perch

Common Kingfisher (Common Blue)

Lucky to have got this species (one of my fav) so close and in perfect conditions (Nice light, gerat perch, awesome BG etc., etc).. It was a special moment and opportunity as this guys usually does not let you venture so close... I felt blessed :)

Laggar Falcon

Enjoying a hard earned breakfast made of a Spiny-Tailed Lizard. The open ground outside the Tal-Chapar sanctuary is the place where these lizards are found in huge numbers and these raptors feed on them.

Tawny Eagle

Spend a few minutes with this beauty that morning at Tal Chapar, Rajasthan.

Laggar Falcon

Portrait shot of this beauty. These are very active and very fast raptors making it difficult to get close and make pictures. I was lucky the other day though it was on a high perch ;(

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Long legged Buzzard

Booted Eagle

Very shy as of now... Did not allow me to get any closer.. This was clicked against a very bright but cloudy sky.

Long legged Buzzard

Another raptor from Tal Chapar

Southern Grey Shrike

Lucky to get close to this otherwise very shy bird.

Bay backed Shrike

White Rumped Shama, Male

Another awesome sighting of this beaty..

Indian Silver Bill

Inside the JLR Bandipur Campus

Serpent Eagle

On a perch concentrating for food..

White Throated Kingfisher

This was clicked during a boat ride in Ganeshgudi..

The season of Dance

It is so much fun to be in the jungle during monsoons. The forest is green, moods are upbeat and the overall atmosphere is in a celebration mode.. A dancing Peacock is the icing on the cake :)

Malabar Whistling Thrush

This guy sings the most beautiful song in our jungles..

Tickell's Blue Fly-Catcher

KGudi is a magical place and getting such beauties out there is given :)

Painted Bunting, Male

Found this guy in my recent trip to Orlando, Florida.

Indian Pitta

Patience paid off, waited for over an hour and finally this guy perched very close to our vehicle and allowed me to make a few images from close distance.The Indian Pitta is a small stubby-tailed bird that is mostly seen on the floor of forests or under dense undergrowth, foraging on insects in leaf litter. It has long, strong legs, a very short tail and stout bill, with a buff coloured crown stripe, black coronal stripes, a thick black eye stripe and white throat and neck. The upperparts are green, with a blue tail, the underparts buff, with bright red on the lower belly and vent...

CHE Portrait

During our Sri Lanka trip in 2009... Clicked at Yala National Park.

Indian Roller

Mating!

Red Avadavat, Male

Black-Lored Tit, Male

An awesome morning spent at Ganeshgudi... The lighting condition was very challenging and therefore a lot of learning too.

Peacock at rain

Black Rumped Flameback

Woodpecker

Indian Blue Robin

Very Lucky to have got this guy

Scarlet Minivet, Female

Scops Owl

Hot summer afternoon..

Scrub Jay

Boat Tailed Grackle, Male

White Throated KF

With breakfast on the banks of river Kali, Dandeli.

Blue-Capped Rock Thrush, Male

Very happy to pose for the camera :)

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Indian Openbill

A small break in between a busy morning of nest building.. It was great fun to see them collect nesting material, wash them in water, fly out to carefully lay the material and also take some break to drink water.

Dark Fronted Babbler

One of the most super active birds at Old Magazine House..

Ring Billed Gull

On way to Merritt Island

Black Vulture

Orlando Wetlands, after a long walk.

Red-winged Blackbird, Immature

Turkey Vulture

American Coot

Limpkin

Scientific name: Aramus guarauna

Wood Stork

Lesser Scaup

Boat-tailed Grackle

Snowy Egret

Red-Winged Blackbird

Osprey with half eaten fish

Lucky to havr got this guy so close to the dirt road..

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Lucky to have got him in an open clean perch in the morning light.

Malabar Pied Hornbill

Ruby Throated Bulbul

A very shy bird, it took over 30 minutes of watching all around before he decided it was safe to come down for a drink..

White Rumped Shama, Female

Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Male

My all time fav bird gave me some awesome opportunity to make some awesome images that day :)

Stork Billed Kingfisher

Experiment with B&W and frame borders :)

Black Redstart, Male

Morning Glory

Spot Billed Pelican

Spot-Billed Pelican

Side profile image made in beautiful early morning light..

Sarus Crane

Worked hard and searched for these beauties for 2 full days.. Finally got them on day 2 evening in the tall grass. They are usually there because of the small chic and this is the best view I could manage..

Spot Billed Duck

It was a wonderful morning with great light and clicking this pair was great fun.

Black Redstart, Female

Red Avadavat, Female

Paradise Fly-Catcher, Male

Finally got this guy in the open after dreaming about a frame like this for years.. It was a tensed and exciting moment chasing it for a while this morning.

Spot-Billed Pelican

Take-Off

Emerald Dove

Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Scaly-Breasted Munia

It was amazing to see them spent nearly all day in collecting nesting material. This gave me some predictability and choice of spot for some closeup pics.. It still took me over two hours of waiting but was lucky in the end, I guess.

Sand Piper

Scaly-Breasted Munia

House Sparrow (Male)

Its become so difficult to see these birds now a days. The urbanisation has taken its toll on these beautiful creatures who will be on the endagered list soon..

Flame Throated Bulbul

Blue Cap Rock Thrush

White Bellied Fly Catcher, Female

Pied Hornbill

Junvenile CSE

Shikra

Pied Kingfisher

Eurasian Eagle Owl

White-Eyed Buzzard

White Bellied Sea Eagle

Spot Bellied Eagle Owl

Also known as the forest eagle owl, this rare beauty was spotted at Bandipur.. My first with this species :)

White Eyed Buzzard.

Whistling Duck

Black Ibis

Brown Fish Owl

River Tern

Indian River Tern female brings in food for her 12 day old fledgling :)

Spot Billed Pelican

Collecting nesting material

Indian River Tern Fledgling

12 day old chick of River Tern clicked at Ranganthittu.

Montagu's Harrier, Female

Waited a while for a possible take-off shot. She obliged by taking off into the frame and not away from it.. One needs luck and patience to get these; you need to stay glued to your camera's eye piece for a long time and the bird may fly in a different direction giving you a frame you dont like.. These harriers are birds of prey of the harrier subfamily. They are medium-sized raptors and the largest and broadest-winged harriers. Most of them are associated with marshland and dense reedbeds. They are found almost worldwide, excluding only the Americas.

Magpie Robin

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

The Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni is a large species of bee-eater found in South Asia. This species is found in openings in patches of dense forest. It is found in the Malayan region and also extends into the Western Ghats in southwestern India. The blue feathers of its throat are elongated and often held fluffed up giving it the name This large bee-eater has a large sickle shaped bill and the square ended tail lacks the "wires" that are typical of smaller bee-eaters. The bird is grass green with a turquoise forehead, face and chin. The feathers of the throat are elongated giving it a bearded appearance when they are fluffed out. The belly is yellowish to olive with streaks of green or blue. The peninsular Indian populations are said to be paler green than the northeast Indian populations. Although males and females appear similar, the blue throat feathers of the male show higher ultraviolet reflectivity than those of the female (Wiki).

Bay Backed Shrike

Rufous Treepie

The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is an Asian treepie, a member of the Corvidae (crow) family. It is long tailed and has loud musical calls making it very conspicuous. It is found commonly in open scrub, agricultural areas, forests as well as urban gardens. Like other corvids it is very adaptable, omnivorous and opportunistic in feeding.

This is a typically arboreal species feeding almost completely in trees on fruits, seeds, invertebrates, small reptiles and the eggs and young of birds; it has also been known to take flesh from recently killed carcasses. It is extremely agile while searching for food, clinging and clambering through the branches and will sometimes travel in small mixed hunting parties with unrelated species such as drongos and babblers. It has been observed feeding on parasites of wild deer. Like many other corvids they are known to cache food. They have been considered to be beneficial to palm cultivation in southern India due to their foraging on the grubs of the destructive weevil (Wiki).

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

The Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family. This is an insectivorous species which breeds in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia. They are blue on the upperparts and the throat and breast are rufous. They are found in dense scrub to forest habitats.

Coucal

The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species. They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a familiar deep resonant call which is associated with omens in many parts of its range. This is a large species of cuckoo at 48 cm. The head is black, upper mantle and underside are black glossed with purple. The back and wings are chestnut brown. There are no pale shaft streaks on the coverts. The eyes are ruby red. Juveniles are duller black with spots on the crown and there are whitish bars on the underside and tail (Wiki).

Purple Sunbird, Female

This was rigth outside our room in JLR Bandipur.. She was busy building her nest most of that morning.

Malabar Whistling Thrush

The Malabar Whistling Thrush ( Myophonus horsfieldii) is a whistling thrush in the thrush family Turdidae. They are also known locally by the name of Whistling Schoolboy for the whistling calls that they make at dawn that have a very human quality. The species is a resident in the Western Ghats and associated hills of peninsular India including central India and parts of the Eastern Ghats (Wiki). This was clicked at BR Hills main road.

Racket Tailed Drongo

Racket-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus paradiseus, is a medium-sized Asian bird which is distinctive in having elongated outer tail feathers with webbing restricted to the tips. They are placed along with other drongos in the family Dicruridae. They are conspicuous in the forest habitats often perching in the open and by attracting attention with a wide range of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds. It has been suggested that these imitations may help in the formation of mixed-species foraging flocks, a feature seen in forest bird communities where many insect feeders forage together. These drongos will sometimes steal insect prey caught or disturbed by other foragers in the flock. They are diurnal but are active well before dawn and late at dusk.

In most of its range in Asia, this is the largest of the drongo species and is readily identifiable by the distinctive tail rackets and the crest of curled feather that begin in front of the face above the beak and along the crown to varying extents according to the subspecies. The tail with twirled rackets is distinctive and in flight it can appear as if two large bees were chasing a black bird (Wiki).

Serpent Eagle

Montagu Harrier (Male)

Asian Fairy Bluebird, Female

Found her outside the BRHills forest entry gate on a wet morning. It was my first sighting of this bird and she gave just about enough time for a couple of clicks.... The Asian Fairy-bluebird, Irena puella, is a medium-sized, arboreal passerine bird. This fairy-bluebird is found in forests across tropical southern Asia from the Himalayan foothills, India and Sri Lanka east through Indochina, the Greater Sundas and Palawan (Philippines). Two or three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree. It was described by British ornithologist John Latham in 1790. The only other member of the genus and family is the Philippine Fairy-bluebird, I. cyanogastra, which replaces the Asian Fairy-bluebird in most of the Philippines. The adult Asian Fairy Bluebird is about 24 to 27 centimetres (9.4 to 11 in). The male has glossy, iridescent blue upperparts, and black underparts and flight feathers. The female and first year male are entirely dull blue-green. The Asian Fairy Bluebird eats fruit, nectar and some insects. Its call is a liquid two note glue-it (Wiki).

Stork Billed Kingfisher

Blue cap Rock Thrush

The Blue-capped Rock Thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus is a species of chat. This thrush-like Old World flycatcher breeds in the foothills of the Himalayas and winters in the hill forests of southern India. The male is bright blue and black on the upperparts with a prominent white wing mirror. The underside is rufous brown. The female is dark olive and appears barred on the underside. Like thrushes´, they fly up into trees and tend to freeze when disturbed. It is a summer visitor in parts of Afghanistan and along the Himalayas from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh. In summer it is found in pine forests and hill slopes. In winter it is found in dense canopied forests (wiki).

Brown Fish Owl

Clicked on a rain soaked morning at Kabini

Lesser Cormorant

White Wagtail

Common Hawk Cuckoo

The Brain fever Bird..

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Pied Bushchat, Male

Hummingbird

This was clicked during a nature walk at Tucson Arizona, USA.

Jungle Owlet

Brown Fish Owl

Honey Buzzard

Jungle Owlet

Black Shouldered Kite

Imperial Pigeon

Indian Roller

Tossing the Prey

White Breasted Kingfisher

Pied Bushchat, female

Montagu Harrier, Female

Stone Plover

Green Bee-eater

Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Serpent Eagle

Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Night jar

Spotted Owlet

Indian Roller

Hoppoe Bird

Indian Courser

Grey Headed Fish Eagle

Stork Billed Kingfisher

White Eyed Buzzard

White Bellied Drongo

Serpent Eagle

Black rumped Flameback

Woodpecker

White Bellied Woodpecker

My most favorite Woodpecker

Paradise Flycatcher

Brown Fish Owl

Peacock Dance

Vulture

Soaring high.. Clicked from Vulture Point at Bandhavgarh fort.

Serpent Eagle

With Snake Kill

Rosy Starling

White Wagtail

Tadoba

Stork Billed Kingfisher

River Tern Chick

Alexandrine Parakeet

Spot Billed Duck

Spot Billed Duck

Malabar Parakeet

Spotted Dove

White Browed Fantail Flycatcher

Plain Prinia

Grey Frankolin

Peregrine Falcon

The fastest Flying machine on planet earth

Ashy Prinia

Paddy field Pipit

Pied Cuckoo

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark

Common Kestrel

Pied Bushchat, Male

Black Kite

Common Stonechat

Common Kestrel

Brown Shrike

PYRRHULOXIA, Cardenal Torito

This was clicked during a nature walk at Tucson Arizona, USA.

Hume's Lesser Whitethroat

Egret

In Breeding Plumage..

Common Stonechat, Female

Black Kite

Collecting nesting material.

Adjutant Stork

Brown Headed Barbett

Grey Heron with a snake kill

Common Sandpiper

Jungle Babbler

Noisiest birds in the jungle and everywhere else - They seem to be perpetually shrieking - fighting each other, broadcasting gossip around town or generally feeling good to be with each other. Also known as 'seven sisters' (and quite appropriately some would say), these forage in groups for insects, ants/ termites.

Bharminy Starling

Black-Headed Cuckooshrike

Lotens Sunbird

White Ibis, Juvenile

River Tern

Rufous-Tailed Lark

White rumped Shama

Streak-throated Woodpecker, Male

Common Sandgrouse

Jungle Myna

Northern Shoveller

Mottled Wood Owl

Mottled Wood Owl

Hiding behind a leaf :)

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Was calling out loudly after getting a fresh catch early in the morning.

India's National Bird.

In full prime and breeding plumage..

Painted Spur Fowl

One of the most beautiful birds seen in our forests.

Malabar Trogon, Male

Was in Goa for the Diwali weekend and the only species in mind was the Trogan - got up early both days to drive over 100Kms to get to Bondlla WLS. It was tough to trek with the heavy lens and tripod and wait for hours in this hot and humid conditions. Patience paid off and got this guy on a clean perch on day 2 of my trip. The male is usually very shy and I think we were lucky to get this moment though it was backlit and a bit high on the perch. Getting both female and male over this weekend is memorable and surely made my Diwali very colurful and noise free :)

Urban Wildlife

Spotted Owlet: Saw this guy (and a few others) happily perched in these overflow drain pipes very close to the main road near my house.

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Local residents at Ganeshgudi

Serpant Eagle

This eagle is the most common eagle in our jungles.. This was a clean perch and right next to the safari track.

Verditer Flycatcher

This guy was hoping around in joy :)

White rumped Shama

The bathing beauty..

Osprey

Enjoying its mid-day meal in a beautiful setting :)

Blyth's Reed Warbler

A rare treat..

Plum-headed Parakeet

This male was busy feeding on this plant and gave us the opportunity and time to approach him slowly.

A Perfect Take-off

Great morning light and the Pelicans were busy collecting nesting material.. Only when i was hoping and praying for a take-off, she came straight into the frame :)

Collared Kingfisher

Finally got this guy after several failed attempts and re-tries.. I guess patience paid off - ofcourse the skill and knowledge of the boatman played a big role.

Indian Pitta

Happy to find this guy in Kabini

Malabar Trogan, Male

Finally, found this guy at Ganeshgudi

Little Spider Hunter

Very cute but super active bird; this make it clicking this species very challenging.. But with patience, I managed to make a few decent images.

Flame Throated Bulbul

Ganeshgudi

Lesser Yellow naped Woodpecker

Finally got this beauty at 230PM, when it came down to take a dip in the water.. It was a dream sighting for me :)

Blue Bearded Bee-eater

KGudi is probably the best place to get these birds in clea perches...

Lesser Yellow-Naped Woodpecker

This was truly a dream come true...

Velvet fronted Nuthatch

Always tough to make images of this guy... Very skittish and keeps moving. Happy to get one in the end :)

Paradise FlyCatcher, Female

She was drying and preening herself after a quick bath.

Large wood shrike

Found them in Ganeshgudi, finally !!

Blue Capped Rock Thrush

Ganeshgudi Again!

Malabar Trogon, Male

Frm the same series... This was a lifer for me :)

White Bellied Blue Fly-catcher, Male

This image was made at Ganeshgudi..

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

Female..

Malabar Whistling Thrush

One of my fav.. Their call is by far the most awesome call.

Banded Bay Cuckoo

Though it was raining most of the day, we had one lucky moment when this guy came out and sat in the open.

Tickell's Blue FlyCatcher

A break in between hectic nest building activity.

Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo

Found this guy at Kabini

ODKF

Oriental Dwarf King Fisher

Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Brain fever bird in a rain soaked evening with fading lights. It is always amazing to see this bird singing right in front of you..

Dream Koel

Asian Koel Female on a dream perch. Title as suggested by Sai Adikarla The Asian Koel is a large, long-tailed, cuckoo at 45 cm. Though a very common bird, they are often heard than seen and are very shy. The male of the nominate race is glossy bluish-black, with a pale green or grey bill, the iris is crimson, and it has grey legs and feet. The female of the nominate race is brownish on the crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots. The underparts are whitish, but is heavily striped. They are very vocal during the breeding season (March to August in South Asia), with a range of different calls. The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. The female makes a shrill kik-kik-kik... call. Calls vary across populations.

Indian Cuckoo

Very elusive as they normally perch very high on the tree and calls from there making it very difficult to spot them. This one gave me a sighting for a few seconds when it came down sheepishly to the water hole to quench its thirst and then sat on the fallen tree for 3-4 seconds. I love the call of these beauties as it sounds like "One More Bottle".... "One More Bottle"... which by the way is the ringtone on my phone ... LOL

Plum Head Parakeet

It spent hours on this silk cotton tree while we sat below and watched :)

White Bellied Woodpecker

The largest woodpecker of Southern India. These guys have an awesome call and simply mesmerizing to watch. There is amazing elegance in whatever they do :)

Black Lored Tit

This was clicked in Feb this year at Ganeshgudi...

Laughing Dove

Bird Hide, JLR Hampi

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Bubo bubo

Rofous Tailed Lark

Lucky o get this guy on a clean perch

Oriental White Eye

Season opener at Ganeshgudi

Copper Smith Barbet

Still Dreaming........................

Malabar Whistling Thrush

Long days wait to get this beauty on a clean perch

Barn Swallow

It was a dream to get these super active beauties on a clean perch and the birds allowed us to get close.

Crested Bunting

It was a great day.. There was a Tiger relaxing in the pool on my left and lot of birds including this beauty came to another water hole on our right to quench their thirst.

Painted Bush Quail

Very difficult to click these guys as they are hyper active and very sensitive. It took me more than half a day to make a few decent images of these little beauties.

Lesser Goldenback

Black-Rumped Flameback (Dinopium Benghalense), also known as the Lesser Golden-Backed Woodpecker or Lesser Goldenback

Vernal Hanging Parrot

The vernal hanging parrot (Loriculus vernalis) is a small parrot which is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent and some other areas of Southeast Asia.

Yellow Footed Green Pigeon

Birding in the middle of India's number one Tiger reserve.

Oriental White Eye

Ganeshgudi

Little or Small Pratincole

Had to click from a rocking coracal boat.. It was so much fun :)

Great Tit

Finally got this beauty at Ooty.

Nilgiri Laughing Thrush

Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, OOTY Went back the next day and spent two hours despite overcast conditions and poor light. The activity was also less, but this guy came once and perched at a place I was hoping it would

White Browed Bulbul

Bangalore outskirts

Jerdon's Nightjar

It was a long night with lot of walking and waiting.. finally got this beauty after all the hard work.

Jerdon's Leafbird

Clicked under very challenging light conditions..

Little Spider Hunter

Very tough to get this guy on a good clean perch....

Indian Blue Robin

After making uncounted trips in the last few months, finally got lucky to get my dream bird on a dream perch :)

Golden Fronted LEafbird

I have been going to Ganeshgudi for many years and this is probably the first time I saw it come down to perch near the bird bath. Though it sat there only for a few seconds, it was enough to make this frame.

Leaf Warbler

Finally got a good close image of this beauty.

Black Headed Munia

Also known as the Tri Colour Munia

White Spotted Fantail

Common bird but not easy to photograph.. Got lucky this time.

Tawny Bellied Babbler

Very shy bird.. They waited in the nearby bush for more than hour before they gave brief apperiences.

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

Finally... It took me a few trips to get this beauty on a close enough perch...

Ashy Drongo

The setting was awesome and the light heavenly.. This guy knew where to perch for a great portrait :)

Jerdon's Leafbird (Male)

The light was simply divine... It lasted only 30 minutes but the leafbird was kind.

Coppersmith Barbet

I felt blessed as the light was simply divine !!

Malabar Parakeet (M)

After waiting for a couple of hours, got this male perched alone on a clean branch.

Black and Orange FlyCatcher

Tough light conditions as it was cloudy and dark out there. He was happy to come and perch in the open of a couple of occassions.

Great Pied Hornbill

Kaziranga Rocks!

Pallas's Fish Eagle

Juvenile..

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Made a very brief appearance just to please us :)

Verditer Flycatcher

Ganeshgudi, Feb2014

Blue Eared Kingfisher

Food for the young ones in the nest

March on

Painted Spurfowl - The pride of Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary.

ODKF

It showed up after the power packed rain stopped but the light was still very poor.

Blue Throated FlyCatcher

One more beautiful flycatcher added to the list.

Blyth's Starling

Finally got this beauty in Kerala.

Black Hooded Oriole

Oriole

Brown Hawk-Owl

Brown hawk-owl (Ninox scutulata) A difficult bird to get in the open and more so because it is nocturnal.

Small Pratincole

IT was tough to get both of them in focus but it all wored out well in the end.

Bronze Winged Jacana

Jacana

Darter

aka Snake Bird

Rusty Tailed Flycatcher

Flycatcher

Short Eared Owl

LRK Special.. Got this after three days of hard work, lot of patience and crawling on the ground with bruised knees and elbows :)

Steppe Eagle

LRK

Eastern Imperial Eagle

In Flight

LRK Sunset

The bird is Steppe Eagle

Steppe Eagle

I was lying on the ground and slowly crawling up to get a nice portrait pic of the Eagle.. At one point when It was standing and side ways to me, i tried hurrying up a bit and the noise got the birds attention - I was thinking oh god it will fly away now, but to my surprise it sat down like a duck facing me.. Could not have asked for a better pose :)

Ruddy Shellduck

aka Brahminy Duck

Leafbird

Golden Fronted Leafbird, Female

Cinnamon Bittern

A tough bird to find and photograph.

Jungle Bush Quail

Near Bangalore

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

I was hoping he perches on this little stone.. The light was fading fast but was still good.

Yellow Eyed Babbler

It was a long wait before it sat on this perch :)

Red-billed Leiothrix

Dream Bird

Nuthatch

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

White-Crested LaughingThrush

At Chafi near Forest gate...

Straited Laughingthrush

One of the four Laughing thrush we saw at Sattal.

Crested Kingfisher

10 of 12 KFs found in India done :)

Black Headed Jay

Tough to get these shy beauties :)

Brown fronted Woodpecker

He was such a delight to click...

Bank Myna

Bank Myna

Small Niltava

Got this Lifer in this trip to Sattal..

Striated Laughingthrush

An un-expected guest near the water body....

Rofous Sibia

Getting him on a clean perch was a dream come true.

Black Bulbul

One of the most dashing and beautiful Bulbuls :)

Rofous-Chinned Laughingthrush

Purple-rumped Sunbird, Male

Black Headed Munia

also known as Tri-Colour Munia

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Finally got it..

Velvet Fronted Nuthatch

@ Ganeshgudi, Karnataka

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

This one is a Juvenile

Thick Billed Flowerpecker.

Thick Billed Flowerpecker.

White-Browed Robin-Chat

Keekorok Resort, Masai Mara

Rofous-Bellied Woodpecker

Pangot, near Nainital Uttarakand.

Black Francolin

Black Francolin, Male

Hill Myna

My all time favorite birdie....

White Backed Vulture

One out of the three types found in Masai Mara..

Black Bittern

This black beauty was on my list for a long time...

APFC Male

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (APFC), Male

Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Female

Asian Fairy Bluebird, Male

After a year long wait :)

Jerdon's Leafbird

Jerdon's leafbird male on a beautiful flower of Bombax ceiba - red silk cotton.

Spot Winged Grosbeak

Spot winged Grosbeak, Male. A very lucky sighting of this shy species..

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Finally got this beauty in dream settings..

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

A passage migrant in India during migration from Europe to Africa.. Stays at GRK for a few days but very shy and skittish during this short stay making it extremely difficult to photograph.

Mid air Tango

Watching these juveniles get aggressive and fight was fun. Its not easy to shoot but in the end I did manage to freeze a bunch of frames.

Vigor's Sunbird

One of the most beautiful Sunbird of Western ghats. We were lucky to find it in the garden in front of our room during our Amboli trip.

European Roller

A passage migrant in India

Small Blue

Common Kingfisher ready to fish from a beautiful Lotus Pod.

Peregrine Falcon

Lucky to get this fella on a good clean perch.

Grey Headed Bulbul

Finally got this beauty at Shimoga, Karnataka.