Top Picks

This is a gallery of my favorite encounters.

Collared-scops Owl

Collared Scops Owl in a leafy neighborhood of Bangalore.

Collared-scops Owl,Collared Scops Owl in a leafy neighborhood of Bangalore.

Violet-purple Coronet Hummingbird

Violet-purple Coronet Hummingbird,

Indian Skimmer

After a lot of flirting and cavorting this pair of Indian Skimmers settled down for the business end of their courtship.

Indian Skimmer,After a lot of flirting and cavorting this pair of Indian Skimmers settled down for the business end of their courtship.

Australian Gannet

Shot at the Muriwai colony, near Auckland, New Zealand, where you can go as close as a metre away from these birds. The young chicks train themselves to fly (hover, actually) against the strong winds, offering some really easy photo opportunities.

Australian Gannet,Shot at the Muriwai colony, near Auckland, New Zealand, where you can go as close as a metre away from these birds. The young chicks train themselves to fly (hover, actually) against the strong winds, offering some really easy photo opportunities.

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant,

American or Caribbean Flamingo

American flamingo in Isabela islands in Galapagos.

American or Caribbean Flamingo,American flamingo in Isabela islands in Galapagos.

Cinereous Tit

To be a successful insect-eater it helps to be acrobatic. A cinereous tit hangs upside down while raiding this spider's web.

Cinereous Tit,To be a successful insect-eater it helps to be acrobatic. A cinereous tit hangs upside down while raiding this spider's web.

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher looking for frogs in a village pond in Sundarbans.

Common Kingfisher,Common Kingfisher looking for frogs in a village pond in Sundarbans.

Himalayan Vulture

Vultures belonging to three separate species - Himalayan, Red-headed & Egyptian - converge on a spotted deer carcass, presumably killed by a tiger the previous night, in Corbett National Park.

Himalayan Vulture,Vultures belonging to three separate species - Himalayan, Red-headed & Egyptian - converge on a spotted deer carcass, presumably killed by a tiger the previous night, in Corbett National Park.

Brown Shrike

Brown shrike in Bandipur

Brown Shrike,Brown shrike in Bandipur

Hoatzin

The bird that forgot to evolve. Believe it or not Hoatzin chicks even have claws at the tip of their wings. Shot in Cuyabeno, Ecuador.

Hoatzin,The bird that forgot to evolve. Believe it or not Hoatzin chicks even have claws at the tip of their wings. Shot in Cuyabeno, Ecuador.

Grey-crested Tit

This was on our trek to Goecha La in Sikkim. The Grey-crested Tit was present at all the camps, and didn't seem to mind the presence of humans at all. Wasn't beyond scavenging from the waste we had left behind.

Grey-crested Tit,This was on our trek to Goecha La in Sikkim. The Grey-crested Tit was present at all the camps, and didn't seem to mind the presence of humans at all. Wasn't beyond scavenging from the waste we had left behind.

Indian Pitta

This Pitta, despite the brilliant colours on its plumage, is expertly camouflaged in the forests of the Western Ghats. It took me a full 30 seconds to spot this individual after my guide had pointed it to me.

Indian Pitta,This Pitta, despite the brilliant colours on its plumage, is expertly camouflaged in the forests of the Western Ghats. It took me a full 30 seconds to spot this individual after my guide had pointed it to me.

Oriental Turtle Dove

Spotted this one in Yuksom town.

Oriental Turtle Dove,Spotted this one in Yuksom town.

Vernal Hanging Parrot

Vernal Hanging Parrot on a guava tree in Sharavathi.

Vernal Hanging Parrot,Vernal Hanging Parrot on a guava tree in Sharavathi.

Fawn-breasted Brilliant Hummingbird

Fawn-breasted Brilliant Hummingbird,

Small Pratincole

Incredibly lucky that this pratincole let us come really close to the Island on which he was perched.

Small Pratincole,Incredibly lucky that this pratincole let us come really close to the Island on which he was perched.

Small Minivet

Small Minivet (Female) feeding on a winged termite.

Small Minivet,Small Minivet (Female) feeding on a winged termite.

Brown Violet-ear Hummingbird

Brown Violet-ear Hummingbird,

Purple-rumped Sunbird

Sunbird in Ratnagiri with a spider in her mouth, probably caught it for her chicks.

Purple-rumped Sunbird,Sunbird in Ratnagiri with a spider in her mouth, probably caught it for her chicks.

Crimson-rumped Toucanet

Crimson-rumped Toucanet,

Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle in Bandipur.

Crested Serpent Eagle,Crested Serpent Eagle in Bandipur.

Long-legged Buzzard

A Long-legged Buzzard surveying its options for the next hunt from the river bank.

Long-legged Buzzard,A Long-legged Buzzard surveying its options for the next hunt from the river bank.

Purple Sunbird

There's a kind of social spider in our farm who work together to construct large messy, but effective webs. This Purple sunbird's breakfast plan was to take their heist from one web to the other all morning picking off all the bugs stuck to them.

Purple Sunbird,There's a kind of social spider in our farm who work together to construct large messy, but effective webs. This Purple sunbird's breakfast plan was to take their heist from one web to the other all morning picking off all the bugs stuck to them.

Alpine or Moorland or Hill Chat

Snap taken on my trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro

Alpine or Moorland or Hill Chat,Snap taken on my trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro

Green-tailed Sunbird

Green-tailed Sunbird,

Green-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird

Shot from the famous Yellow House at Mindo.

Green-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird,Shot from the famous Yellow House at Mindo.

Purple-rumped Sunbird

Purple-rumped Sunbird,

Green Bee-eater

Green bee-eater resting between sorties in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Green Bee-eater,Green bee-eater resting between sorties in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Small Green or White-cheeked Barbet

The fruits on the Singapore cherry tree are a favourite for the White-cheeked Barbet.

Small Green or White-cheeked Barbet,The fruits on the Singapore cherry tree are a favourite for the White-cheeked Barbet.

Black-winged Stilt

Shot in Mangalajodi wet lands.

Black-winged Stilt,Shot in Mangalajodi wet lands.

Bay-backed Shrike

While I was stalking a common kestrel, this shrike was sitting down right next to me and offered this shot from 10 ft away.

Bay-backed Shrike,While I was stalking a common kestrel, this shrike was sitting down right next to me and offered this shot from 10 ft away.

Osprey

Osprey taking off at Kabini.

Osprey,Osprey taking off at Kabini.

Intermediate or Median or Yellow-billed Egret

As our boat waded near her this Median Egret tensed into an alert pose, ready to make a getaway if we got too close.

Intermediate or Median or Yellow-billed Egret,As our boat waded near her this Median Egret tensed into an alert pose, ready to make a getaway if we got too close.

Black-headed Munia

A female black-headed Munia in GKVK, Bangalore.

Black-headed Munia,A female black-headed Munia in GKVK, Bangalore.

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

This brilliantly coloured individual was flitting about near our tent.

Blue-capped Rock Thrush,This brilliantly coloured individual was flitting about near our tent.

Scaly-breasted Munia

This individual was one half of a pair that chose to build a nest on a tree right across our balcony. One of them, presumably the male, fetched nesting material all day while the other stitched it together to make a cosy nest. Inexplicably after all the hard work they abandoned the nest. While it lasted, though, I couldn't take my eyes off them.

Scaly-breasted Munia,This individual was one half of a pair that chose to build a nest on a tree right across our balcony. One of them, presumably the male, fetched nesting material all day while the other stitched it together to make a cosy nest. Inexplicably after all the hard work they abandoned the nest. While it lasted, though, I couldn't take my eyes off them.

Common Tailorbird

While building their nests Tailorbirds are capable of extremely delicate skills, since they need to sew leaves together with just their beaks. Nothing delicate about their calls though. This one was shouting away at the top of a mango tree canopy.

Common Tailorbird,While building their nests Tailorbirds are capable of extremely delicate skills, since they need to sew leaves together with just their beaks. Nothing delicate about their calls though. This one was shouting away at the top of a mango tree canopy.

Ruddy-breasted Crake

Ruddy-breasted Crake in the Mangalajodi wetlands in Chilika Lake, Odisha.

Ruddy-breasted Crake,Ruddy-breasted Crake in the Mangalajodi wetlands in Chilika Lake, Odisha.

Ruff

Female Ruff preening. Shot at Mangalajodi wetlands in Chilika Lake.

Ruff,Female Ruff preening. Shot at Mangalajodi wetlands in Chilika Lake.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

As they made repeated trips from their nest to the sea, I even got to photograph them in flight.

White-bellied Sea Eagle,As they made repeated trips from their nest to the sea, I even got to photograph them in flight.

Common Sandpiper

Sandpipers in formation at Airoli.

Common Sandpiper,Sandpipers in formation at Airoli.

Dunnock

Dunnock at a park in Oamaru, NZ.

Dunnock,Dunnock at a park in Oamaru, NZ.

Sarus Crane

In the fields of western UP where we roamed, I'm happy to report, Sarus Cranes outnumbered scarecrows 3:1.

Sarus Crane,In the fields of western UP where we roamed, I'm happy to report, Sarus Cranes outnumbered scarecrows 3:1.

Grey-breasted Prinia

Grey-breasted Prinia picking off worms from under the leaves of Mango trees.

Grey-breasted Prinia,Grey-breasted Prinia picking off worms from under the leaves of Mango trees.

Golden-naped Tanager

A Golden-naped tanager showing off its electric blue plumage.

Golden-naped Tanager,A Golden-naped tanager showing off its electric blue plumage.

Indian Spot-billed Duck

Indian Spot-billed Duck on the banks of Karanji Lake, Mysore

Indian Spot-billed Duck,Indian Spot-billed Duck on the banks of Karanji Lake, Mysore

Mallard

Mallard taking off in Airoli creek in Mumbai.

Mallard,Mallard taking off in Airoli creek in Mumbai.

Sri Lanka Bay Owl

Bay owl in the jungles around Thattekad.

Sri Lanka Bay Owl,Bay owl in the jungles around Thattekad.

Oriental White-eye

As we spend more time at the farm, the white-eyes here have become more and more used to our presence. It's a great feeling when a bird trusts you and lets you get a little more closer. It makes for great photos too.

Oriental White-eye,As we spend more time at the farm, the white-eyes here have become more and more used to our presence. It's a great feeling when a bird trusts you and lets you get a little more closer. It makes for great photos too.

Purple-bibbed Whitetip Hummingbird

Purple-bibbed Whitetip Hummingbird,

White-throated Kingfisher

While we were waiting in the safari Jeep for a sighting of a leopard, this Kingfisher offered a sideshow, picking up a juicy frog from the pond.

White-throated Kingfisher,While we were waiting in the safari Jeep for a sighting of a leopard, this Kingfisher offered a sideshow, picking up a juicy frog from the pond.