Friday, January 23, 2009

Koel - Female

This Female Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) turned up on my ship when we were somewhere 200kms of the Indian West coast. The male is black in colour and I spotted it only two days later, but by then this bird had disappeared.
This bird with a melodious 'Kuoo' call is well known for laying its eggs in a crows nest. The bird becomes noisy as summer approaches and is the first voice to be heard at dawn.
The bird was very scared of my slow approach and to get this close shot, I had to crawl behind all available obstacles to hide myself from her piercing crimson eyes.
Camera: Sony H7 - f/4.8 , 1/160, ISO 80,

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