Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Koel - Male

A Juvenile male Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus malayanus) moulting into adult plumage, when fully grown he will have lost the brown shaded wings. I spotted him two days after I spotted the female koel. He was very secretive, hiding in dark areas below my ships pipelines and photographing him proved challenging. I had to use a longer shutter speed to bring out the details of his plumage, hence overexposing the background.
The most striking aspect of the cuckoo's are their Crimson eyes and it stands out well in their dark plumage.
Photographed 20kms off the Gujarat coast (near Vadinar)

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