Monday, September 8, 2014

Galibore - Sep 2014

293. Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
There was a time when I used to spot a pair of Egyptian Vultures, routinely, from my office building on M.G. Road. There was a pair that I used to spot a pair (probably the same one I saw on M.G?) by a storm water drain near Domlur as recently as 6 years ago. Their regular occurrence in the harshest of urban environments made me believe this was a hardy species. Was sad to learn that their numbers have been decreasing at 35% YoY in parts of India. This one in the photograph was sitting on a dried lake bed near Kanakpura.
(Replaced by a picture taken on the way to Bharatpur in Jan 2015)

294. White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens)
I had wrongly identified this as the Ashy Drongo. This bird is actually the White-bellied Drongo.

295. Brown-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos nanus)
Another poor-quality picture. This was the first time I even got a record shot of this bird, though.
88. White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis)
Surprisingly, I didn't have this common bird on my roster.

222. Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malabaricus)
Honorable mention: This is the first time I photographed the yellow-wattled Lapwing in India (the previous one I had shot was from Bundala in Sri Lanka)

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