A Black Drongo (Scientific name: Dicrurus macrocercus), immature, who led me on till I finally caught up with it. Clicked at the ASC Bose Botanical Garden in Kolkata in Jan/2018.
Wherever I went this January, there were White-throated Kingfishers (Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis) waiting to be photographed! I found this one in the Botanical Gardens, Kolkata, in Jan/2018.
Indian Pond Heron or Paddy Bird (Scientific name: Ardeola grayii) is a small drab brown, or in breeding pink buff, heron with pure white wings and rump visible in flight. It is found commonly in India and is widely spread around the world. This one was clicked at the Botanical Gardens, Kolkata in Jan/2018.
A Grey Heron (Scientific name: Ardea cinerea) on a tree. It is a long-legged predatory wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa.
Clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.
The Black-tailed Godwit (Scientific name: Limosa limosa) is a large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird. Its breeding range stretches from Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia. Black-tailed Godwits spend (the northern hemisphere) winter in areas as diverse as the Indian Subcontinent, Australia,New Zealand, western Europe and west Africa. This is my first time seeing them! Here you see it in its winter plumage. Clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.
On most days, the Rufous Treepie (Scientific name: Dendrocitta vagabunda) is at the papaya tree in the backyard during breakfast time. Clicked at Trivandrum in January/2018.
A Red-vented Bulbul(Scientific name: Pycnonotus cafer) on the palm tree outside my brother’s home, curious about the clicks heard from the balcony. Clicked at Kolkata in Jan/2018.
An Openbill Stork (Scientific name: Anastomus) standing motionless among the plants at the water’s edge. They are large wading birds characterized by large bills, the mandibles of which do not meet except at the tip, a feature that develops only in the adult birds. Clicked at Bhigwan in Jan/2018.
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.