Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Met this Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) outside Ranganatittu in Mysore, it was sitting under the shade of a tree and light was a bit poor. I increased the ISO to 800 to get a faster shutter speed.
(You can see the slight specked noise, especially on the green background because of this high ISO)
The bird belongs to the flycatcher family and like its cousins feeds on insects ,flies and gnats.
The bird is found throughout India and loves Bamboo vegetation and light forests. Generally found sitting upright on Low twigs or stems.
As evident the bird is dark blue, with a Reddish breast and rest of the lower part white. The bird could be mistaken for the Blue throated Flycatcher.
The bird also has an unusual character; if you come close to the bird when strolling around it will not fly away, instead will give bursts of its song, as if challenging an intruder, if you come much closer it will then fly away and not come anywhere near sight.
Camera: Sony A350 , 200mm , ISO800, f/5.6,

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