The waiting bird


On the way back from my walk I saw a bird sitting on the fence, a Dark-eyed Junco (Scientific name: Junco hyemalis). Wondering if it would still be there when I returned with the camera, I ran up to my room. When I got back the bird was there, waiting! Clicked at Sunnyvale in June/2017.

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The patient wait

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The oh-there-you-are look

Action star


It is a delight watching a Green Bee-eater (Scientific name: Merops orientalis) suddenly swoop down and catch a dragonfly. It then returns to the branch or cable and proceeds to smash the prey against the branch or cable before swallowing it. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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Down to earth


Greater Coucal (Scientific name: Centropus sinensis) or Crow Pheasant is a large bird, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings, found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. Clicked at Trivandrum in May/2017.

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A treepie story


Four Rufous Treepies (Scientific name: Dendrocitta vagabunda) could be seen on the neighbor’s roof one evening. A drama seemed to be unfolding. To my human eyes, it almost seemed like a young couple were being asked to make up after a fight and live happily ever after by a set of parents. But one of them ups and leaves, and the partner is left alone to brood, and ends up blaming the parents, ‘It’s all your fault!’ 😉

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Clicked at Trivandrum in May/2017.

Bird list for May


Albeit two days late,  here is the bird list for the month of May,  Let me remind you, these are the birds from in and around where I live, backyard birds as it were. The list is somewhat similar to April, but for the fact that I saw some Rose-ringed Parakeets. And also, the Oriental Magpie Robin seems to be back.

  1. Purple-rumped Sunbird
  2. Common Tailorbird
  3. White-throated Kingfisher
  4. Greater Coucal
  5. Red-whiskered Bulbul
  6. White-cheeked Barbet
  7. Rufous Treepie
  8. Black Kite
  9. Brahminy Kite
  10. Indian Pond Heron
  11. Lesser Goldenback
  12. Asian Koel
  13. Oriental Magpie Robin
  14. Rose-ringed parakeet
  15. Common Myna
  16. Jungle Crow
  17. House Crow
  18. Rock Pigeons

Contemplation


A Black Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus macrocercus) in a contemplative mood on a branch of the rain tree. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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“You?”


“You?” the Oriental Magpie Robin (Scientific name: Copsychus saularis) seems to ask of the photographer to which there was but only one answer for her to give: “Yes, I.” 😉 Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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The approaching parent


A Red-rumped Swallow (Scientific name: Cecropis daurica) returning with food for its chick waiting on the electric cable. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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Lost in thought


A thoughtful looking Green Bee-eater (Scientific name: Merops orientalis) perched on a cable. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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Visitor at the gate


You didn’t believe me, did you? But here is proof that wherever I go, they come in search of me. This White-throated Kingfisher (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis) was at the gate, presumably looking for the blogger/photographer who it heard had arrived the previous evening. 😉
Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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