The Black Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus macrocercus) is an all black bird with a distinctive forked tail which is displayed so beautifully in the picture. Black drongos are aggressive birds and don’t think twice about taking on bigger birds if they feel their territory threatened. This was clicked in the vicinity of my apartment at Trivandrum in May/2022.
The Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird (Scientific name: Ardeola grayii) is a small heron. They are widespread and common but can be easily missed when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations like I almost missed this one. Clicked in Trivandrum in April/2022.
The Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) is a common, ‘small-billed’ golden-backed woodpecker with four toes. It is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka and can often be detected by its loud “ki-ki-ki-ki-ki,” which steadily increases in pace and ends in a trill. This one was clicked in Trivandrum on 24th May, 2022.
The Common Tailorbird (Scientific name: Orthotomus sutorius) is a songbird found across tropical Asia. Popular for its nest made of leaves “sewn” together and is a common resident in urban gardens. This one, a resident in my garden, turned its back on me at just the right moment, unwilling to show its cute face.
Clicked at Trivandrum in May/2020.
The Hooded Crow (Scientific name: Corvus cornix) is a Eurasian bird species in the Corvus genus. From Wiki: “Found across Northern, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, as well as parts of the Middle East, it is an ashy grey bird with black head, throat, wings, tail, and thigh feathers, as well as a black bill, eyes, and feet. Like other corvids, it is an omnivorous and opportunistic forager and feeder.” Clicked in Moscow in September/2019.
“Here I come!” A Rufous Treepie (Scientific name: Dendrocitta vagabunda) crosses over to the other side. There were about four or five of them making a racket, but only this one came close enough to be captured by my lens. I am sure they’ll be back soon, especially because now the guava tree has lots of fruit on it! Clicked at Trivandrum in May/2019.
A White-throated Kingfisher (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis) on a cable. It sat for a while contemplating the new world and then dived straight into a hole in the rocky wall where its parents had made their home. Did you know that the White-breasted Kingfisher is mainly found in Asia, although a very small breeding population is known from Europe? This one was clicked at Trivandrum in March/2019.
After a long time, the Little Flowerpecker (Scientific name: Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) makes an appearance in the vicinity. A juvie at that. Clicked at Trivandrum in March/2019.
The Black-winged Stilt (Scientific name: Himantopus himantopus) is a large black and white wader with long orange-red legs and a straight black bill. It has black on the back of the neck, a white collar and a red iris.