Saturday, January 31, 2009
The bird was a very shy one never letting me approach closer than 10-15 mtrs. The bird normally feeds on large sized prey like frogs and lizards. Once it has captured them it goes back to its perch and batters them to death. Other than the colour another interesting aspect of the roller is its courtship display, which includes some complex acrobatics and diving tricks.
The bird id found throughout the Indian Subcontinent.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
When the bird digs the crest is folded back and projects into a point as photographed above, time to time it opens it like a fan and it a beauty to watch.
The first photograph is one of my favourite and was clicked as i was panning the bird standing on the ship side and the bird was skimming the sea surface.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sony H-7 with 1.7x telephoto f/8, 1/200.
at 1:07 AM
Friday, January 23, 2009
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,
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just like in the previous post, this Black Drongo too visited my ship when we were about 250 kilometers off the Gujarat coast.
This one had a broken beak, probably the result of a fight. The bird ensured that it always sat on a spot with a vantage point .The easiest way yo recognize this Drongo is by the white patch below its eye, none of the similar looking Drongo species have it.The bird was hunting and feeding on the scores of grasshoppers that had somehow landed on my ship.
Camera : Sony H-7 , f/4.8 , 1/200
Monday, January 19, 2009
These photographs were clicked some 200 kms off Gujarat coast in the North Arabian sea. I wonder how these birds came so far into the sea? The bird has got a glossy blue colour and this makes photographing it difficult in bright background, especially when it comes to bringing out the details of the bird.The birds were majestically gliding in the air turning and twisting catching flies.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
On the day I was suppose to join this ship, I got a days halt at Mumbai and I used the opportunity to visit Hanging gardens (A park in South Mumbai) where I saw a colony of these Alexandrine Parakeets (Psittacula eupatria). The distinctive feature of the bird is its maroon patch on each shoulder. The one photographed above is a female the males have a rose-pink and black collar around their neck. The birds were very noisy and the entire park was filled with their chatter.