Black-tailed Godwits (Scientific name: Limosa limosa) at a lake one morning. This bird is in the IUCN Red List. Conservation status: Near Threatened (Population decreasing). These were clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.
The Little Cormorant (Scientific name: Microcarbo niger) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. Slightly smaller than the Indian cormorant it lacks a peaked head and has a shorter beak. Clicked at Udaan Biodiversity Park, Pune in April/2018.
An Oriental White-eye (Scientific name: Zosterops palpebrosus) is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. It is a resident breeder in open woodland in tropical Asia, east from the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, extending to Indonesia and Malaysia. Clicked at Udaan Biodiversity Park, Pune, in April/2018.
Peering at me from the branches above, an Asian Koel (Scientific name: Eudynamys scolopaceus), male. The female was also around, her photo will follow. Clicked at Udaan Biodiversity Park, Pune in April/2018.
Great Egrets (Scientific name: Ardea alba) live in freshwater, brackish, and marine wetlands. During the breeding season they live in colonies in trees or shrubs with other waterbirds. The colonies are located on lakes, ponds, marshes, estuaries and islands. Clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.
The Grey Heron (Scientific name: Ardea cinerea) is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. They are large birds that eat lots of fish, but also small birds and mammals. You can see them by any river or lake. Clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.
The Jungle Babbler (Scientific name: Turdoides striata) is a member of the family Leiothrichidae found in the Indian subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of “Seven Sisters” in urban Northern India. This juvenile was clicked at Calcutta Botanical Gardens, in Jan/2018.
This is the first time a photo taken with my cell phone is making an appearance here. I didn’t have my camera with me and there was this Great Egret (Scientific name: Ardea alba) for the clicking, just waiting, as we sailed past in a boat. Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. In flight, the long neck is tucked in and the legs extend far beyond the tip of the short tail. Clicked at Poovar, Trivandrum in March/2018.
The Purple Sunbird (Scientific name: Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. This one was clicked at Qurum Park in Muscat in Feb/2018.