“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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Lone forager


A lone Red-wattled Lapwing (Scientific name: Vanellus indicus) was seen foraging in the wasteland in the residential colony. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.
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The black beauty


A Black Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus macrocercus) makes a pretty picture as it keeps a sharp eye out for edibles flying around. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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The waiting


Red-rumped Swallow (Scientific name: Cecropis daurica) chicks waiting patiently for parents to come and feed them. I saw the parents making many feeding trips. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

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Bird list (visit to Kalamassery)


These are the birds I saw in the few hours I was at Kalamassery. I heard a White-cheeked Barbet though I did not see it (which is why it is not in this list). It’s a pity I didn’t see any of them cute munias.

  1. Red-rumped Swallow
  2. Common Tailor Bird
  3. Green Bee-eater
  4. Red-whiskered Bulbul
  5. Oriental Magpie Robin
  6. Racket-tailed Drongo
  7. Black Drongo
  8. Woodpecker (couldn’t identify it as the light was poor)
  9. Pale-billed Flowerpecker
  10. White-breasted Waterhen
  11. White-throated Kingfisher
  12. Red-wattled Lapwing
  13. Cattle Egret
  14. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  15. Purple Sunbird
  16. Common Myna
  17. Jungle Crow
  18. House Crow
  19. Rock Pigeon

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo


Imagine my happiness when I saw a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus paradiseus) in flight. Of course, I stood there grinning and only thought of clicking once it had alighted on the a coconut tree in the vicinity. Clicked at Kalamassery in May/2017.

Bird list for April


From now on I am going to put a list on here every month, of the birds I have seen in and around my house. This is for the month of April.

  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. Cattle Egret
  14. Common Myna
  15. Jungle Crow
  16. House Crow
  17. Rock Pigeons

The number has come down drastically with so many trees having been cut and bushes uprooted. I hope the rains will bring around more of them.

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