Thursday, February 13, 2014

Balcony birding....

Birding from my balcony this morning... lucky to have flowering coconut palm and mango just outside....!

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Ashy Prinia

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Rufous Treepie

Orange headed Thrush

Black headed Oriole (juv. Male)

Jungle Babbler parent feeding the young

Jungle Babbler

Booted Warbler?

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (juv. male)

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Coppersmith Barbet

The Coppersmith Barbet is a widespread resident in the Indian Subcontinent. It’s distinctive puk, puk, puk punctuates many a neighbourhood in the morning, noon and evenings…  It is a resident found in the Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets, they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged termites.

When I finally get around to learning how to use the DSLR, the Coppersmith is the obvious choice for a subject particularly as it so obligingly presents itself on the mango tree near my balcony. The light is good, the subject so eye-catching and the camera of good pedigree... there is little room for the person behind the lens to mess up!! Hopefully the pictures are adequate and agreeable to all...

This Coppersmith likes a Non Vegetarian lunch sometimes!!