Friday, April 23, 2010

Indian Nightjar

102. Indian Nightjar (Caprimulgus asiaticus)

I had never imagined, when I started this project, that I'll condescend to posting a picture taken on a mobile phone. However, this really fascinating encounter with the Indian Nightjar was quite something. She was sitting very close to a trail and her camouflage almost made us step on her. I stopped to look at her, and she seemed blissfully asleep. While rueing not carrying my camera, I kept clicking pictures in my mobile phone and she seemed suspiciously unaffected. One of the folks with us even suggested that she might be dead. Before I could tell him he went threateningly close to her, and she flew away. As soon as she took off, we could tell why she had been so pig-headed. She was sitting on two beautiful little eggs. Here they are

Sunday, April 4, 2010


A visit to Kokkarebellur, even in 38 degree summer heat, is incredibly uplifting. I've been visiting this place frequently, and the health of the breeding population of Storks and Pelicans only seems to get better. This time, I took two new recruits who, I'm guessing, are hooked for life too.
98. Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar)

99. Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

100. Jungle Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
The Jungle Crow was supposed to come in the late 400s, but I caught this pair exhibiting a very strange behavior. They were picking strands of hair from a buffalo's tail, presumably for some padding in the nest. I'd never heard of or seen anything like that before!

101. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)