Thaka dhimi tha

The Southern Coucal (Scientific name: Centropus sinensis) who decided to entertain with a few impromptu dance steps while walking along the wall today morning. Clicked at Trivandrum in Oct/2017.




Looking for lunch

The White-throated Kingfisher (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis) was back on the neem tree today noon, looking for juicy worms or insects for lunch. It was not too pleased to be caught on camera, so flew away. Clicked at Trivandrum in October/2017.


Halcyon smyrnensis


Halcyon smyrnensis

White-crowned Sparrow

The (Gambel’s) White-crowned Sparrow (Scientific name: Zonotrichia leucophrys) is a medium-sized sparrow native to North America. Their breeding habitat is brushy areas across northern Canada and the western United States. White-crowned sparrows nest either low in bushes or on the ground under shrubs and lay three to five brown-marked gray or greenish-blue eggs. (Wiki). This bird attracted my attention by chirping insistently while we were walking towards the lookout point to see the elephant seals. I bet he wanted to be clicked 😉

Clicked at Point Reyes in July/2017.



American Robin

American Robin (Scientific name: Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, says Wiki on this bird. Its diet generally consists of around 40 percent small invertebrates (mainly insects), such as earthworms, beetle grubs, caterpillars and grasshoppers, and 60 percent wild and cultivated fruits and berries. Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.



Still here

The Rufous Treepie (Scientific name: Dendrocitta vagabunda), the only one who still seems to be around, and made an appearance outside my balcony today. Clicked at Trivandrum in Oct/2017.


Great Stone-curlew

The Great Stone-curlew or Great Thick-knee (Scientific name: Esacus recurvirostris) is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh into South-east Asia. This species prefers gravel banks along rivers or large lakes, and also beaches. It is mainly nocturnal like other stone-curlews, but can frequently be seen foraging during the day, moving slowly and deliberately, with occasional short runs, says Wiki.

Clicked at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Oct/2015.


Up in the sky

The Black-headed Ibis (Scientific name: Threskiornis melanocephalus) aka Oriental White Ibis that we saw flying up in the sky just as we were walking towards the car park. Clicked at Ranganathittu in October/2015.



Looking up

House Sparrows (Scientific name: Passer domesticus) tend to be small, plump, brown or grey birds with short tails and short powerful beaks. Sparrows are seed eaters, but they also consume small insects. There are 35 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Mauritius. (Wiki– List of birds of Mautirius)

Clicked at Ile aux Cerfs in Mauritius in Aug/2017.



Forster’s Tern (Scientific name: Sterna forsteri) flying off with catch after successful dive. Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.


Sterna forsteri


Sterna forsteri

Snowy Egret

Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret (Scientific name: Egretta thula) sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet. While Snowy Egrets may employ a sit-and-wait technique to capture their food, sometimes they are much more animated, running back and forth through the water with their wings spread, chasing their prey. (click for more…)

Clicked at Shoreline Park, Mountain View in July/2017.


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