The papaya tree in my backyard is the place of action these days. Here’s a White-cheeked Barbet (Scientific name: Megalaima viridis) well camouflaged, melding so well with the green of its surroundings. Clicked at Trivandrum in Nov/2017.



Ploceus cucullatus

Village Weaver (Scientific name: Ploceus cucullatus), an often abundant species, occurs in a wide range of open or semi-open habitats, including woodlands and human habitation, and frequently forms large noisy colonies in towns, villages and hotel grounds. Clicked at Isle aux Cerfs, Mauritius in Aug/2017

Mauritius 2017


Another visitor to the papaya tree, the Asian Koel (Scientific name: Eudynamys scolopaceus) male. The Asian koel is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent, China, and Southeast Asia. Clicked at Trivandrum in Nov/2017.


Getting closer

White-throated Kingfisher (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis), who came closer to take a look at the paparazzi and her dog. Clicked at Trivandrum in Nov/2017.





The female Asian Koel (Scientific name: Eudynamys scolopaceus) that came by to feast on the ripe papayas in the backyard. Clicked at Trivandrum in Oct/2017.



Catch of the day

A Red-vented Bulbul (Scientific name: Pycnonotus cafer) with its catch sitting pretty on a cable at Sinhagad Fort, Pune. Clicked in Oct/2017.


One among the leaves

A White-cheeked Barbet (Scientific name: Megalaima viridis) I almost missed but for the flutter of wings that alerted me. Clicked at Trivandrum in Oct/2017.


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.



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