Monday, March 29, 2010
So, it was an opportunity of a life time.. Here are a few pic. of the chicks....I must admit even tho we started early, due to logistics in approacing the place the Summer sun was beating down and lighting was harsh...with strong contrast and shadows.. It was pretty sultry, hot and humid conditions....
At the end we were treated with sumptuous quantity of Tender coconut fresh from the tree...Ah.!! what a relief it was... We were back home by afternoon.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Seen in the pic. are Black Crowned Night Heron, Indian Pond Heron adult Non-breeding and adult breeding..
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Seen in the pic. is the ASIAN OPEN BILL STORK with nesting material....not before cleaning it thoroughly before depositing in the nest.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
ENLARGE THE PICTURE TO SEE THE WATER DROPLETS TRACE A PATTERN FROM DARTERS MOUTH.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Darter elegant Birds with long winding neck and large wingspan. Its a treat to witness and photograph their take-off and landings. Here is one such pic. showing the take-off...against a partial back lighting.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Widespread resident, smaller than crested pied kingfisher, with white supercilium, white patches on wings, and black bands across breast. Female has single breast - band and double in male. Found near fresh waters, slow-moving rivers and streams, , also tidal creeks and pools.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Widespread resident, White, with spatulate-tipped bill. Adult hs black bill with yellow tip, has cres and yellow breast patch when breeding, Juvenile has pink bil, in flight, shows black tips to primaries. Mainly inland wetlands.
Seen in the pic. is carrying nesting material.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Litrally we were the first to land at the Birding paradise....to enjoy and photograph the prestine early morning activities of the Birds.
Taking a Boat ride on the flowing Cauvery River...which is dotted with small Islands...Perched are the Birds on the foliage with their Nests and young ones....1 1/2 hours of boat ride yielded some good shots of Birds and their activities....after which the intense Summer Sun light got better of us.
We witnessed and photographed Painted Storks, Large and Intermediate Egrets, Open bill Stork, Spoon Bills, Night Heron, Pond Herons, Darters, Cormorants, River Terns, Pied Kingfishers, Small Blue Kingfisher, White Thorated Kingfisher, Marsh Harriers, Pelicans,Crocodiles and lots of nesting activities...
Kokaree Bellur and Thylur Lake was also on the itinerary...which is near Maddur on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway. Thylur lake was devoid of Birds except for Coots...But Kokaree Bellur was Brimming with Painted Storks and its young ones...It was odd time to photograph b'cos of the high point of the Sun and harsh lighting...
Equipment with right specifications are necessary to reach the birds....to do some serious photography...
BEING THERE BEFORE THE CACAPHOY OF THE TOURIST IS THE KEY ISSUE...
Entry is 25/- Boat ride for 1/2 hour is 250/- and camera ticket is 50/-.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
It amazing to see the twist of the neck almost 360 degrees...and they can sit still for a long time spreading their wings....and they keep the wings groomed impeccably clean.
Their fishing ability is amazing...and the picture says it all...