October 17, 2011

Photographing Birds of Bengaluru

I have been doing bird watching from past 10 or 12 years  but seldom I have documented or kept a record for reference. Now as I have started Bird photography, I would be keeping a record of each and every bird that I have seen along with the photographs that I have taken and their location. Learning there behavior, habitat would gives an insight into the avian world and to understand the nature better. Detail features of the bird's and there classification can be seen here.

Dated : 15-Oct-2011
After the last birding trip to Byalkere this time we headed out to Hesarghatta lake. It was over 1.5 years that I had been to Hesarghatta lake and to the flat land near Nrithyagrama when we generally call it as Indian Scotland or Indian masai mara depending on the season. Below are few birds that I was able to capture. Equipment used Canon 1100D, Sigma 100-300mmf/4.5-6.7 DL lens. Even though its not a high end equipment I have got some decent pictures of the birds.

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

 Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
How to identify a Black Kite?

  • Medium sized bird
  • Appears dark without any rofus
  • Upper plumage is brown
  • Black bill, yellow legs & black claws.
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

How to identify a Paddyfield Pipit?
  • streaked grey-brown above and pale below with breast streaking.
  • long legged with a long tail and a long dark bill.
  • Call "chip-chip-chip".

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

How to identify a Red-wattled Lapwing?
  • A red fleshy wattle in front of each eye.
  • Wings and back are light brown with a purple sheen.
  • head and chest and front part of neck are black.
  • White patch runs from belly and tail, flanking the neck to the sides of crown.
  • Tail is tipped black, long legs are yellow.
  • loud and scolding did-he-do-it call.
 Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

 How to identify a Oriental Magpie Robin?
  • Distinctive black and white bird.
  • long tail that is held upright when feeding on floor.
Update : 1st November 2011

Me & my friends, Planned for Kokkare Bellur today(Nov 1st Outing), but it didn't worked out. landed up again in Byalakere. Weather was very english and low lighting, got very few good pics.

Cattle Egret in Flight

Cattle Egret

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