Saturday, April 26, 2014

Road trip to Central India

These are some of the captures from our trip to Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba.

283. Orange-headed Thrush (Geokichla citrina)
Grainy picture because it was shot late in the evening. Hoping to replace it with a better one. The black stripes indicate that this is the cyanotus sub species.

284. Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica )
One of the earless owls spotted in Pench, MP.

285. Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis)
286. Indian Thick-knee or Indian Stone-curlew (Burhinus indicus)
287. Grey Junglefowl (Gallus sonneratii)
One of two Junglefowl species found in the mainland. 
288. Jungle Owlet (Glaucidium radiatum)
289. Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus)
290. Little  Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
291. Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
This one was taking a nap on the grasslands.
292. Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Barn Owl

282. Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

I've been spotting barn owls in the park in front of our house for a while now. I've also concluded that there is a fairly healthy population of these birds in Koramangala since I've spotted many individuals in several different locations. Yet photographing these creatures has been a challenge. They usual scoot before I get a chance to bring my camera out, even if I manage to locate them sitting. Today, everything fell in place. This individual not only sat on an empty branch, he waited till I set up my tripod, and even obliged to stay still for the 15 seconds that the shutter remained open.