A March afternoon with Brown Headed Barbet :D

One bird I have always wanted to see and shoot a little more of, we finally saw and shot this afternoon :D Take a look at how well this Brown Headed Barbet is camouflaged.

camouflaged brown headed barbetWe heard them first and then saw them at some distance – two brown headed barbets and two common mynas. Since I had no idea we would see more of them, I took ten shots :P

Can you spot the second Barbet?

Brown Headed Barbet Common MynasThey were busy excavating.

One beakfull at a time.

Brown Headed Barbet, Excavating, Purana Quila

Digging some more,

Excavating 10

Spitting out another beakfull.

Brown Headed Barbet, Purana Quila

This one then disappeared inside for a while. The other one made a racket from a tree branch. The mynas continued to lurk.

barbet excavating, very green

We waited. And waited. And waited…

And finally emerged a beak. And then a face…

Brown Headed Barbet, excavating 2

Notice how well they are camouflaged?

Brown Headed Barbet, Purana Quila

Looks like this one is admiring the view from her new home :D

Brown Headed Barbet excavating6

And then there was a flash of a gorgeous green…

Brown Headed Barbet, Purana Quila And it disappeared into the foliage :(

camouflaged brown headed barbetAnd immediately landed Inspector Common Myna for spot inspection :D

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First just a cautious peek.

Then check to see if there were any bloggers with cameras around :)

It was a hot summer afternoon, hence the open beak.

Reminds you of an Oriole or a Kingfisher? Hornbill is a better guess :)  It belongs to Toucan family :)

And this is what it came to Sangeeta Khanna’s rock garden for :) Placing water bowls is the easiest way to attract birds during summer.

And then one last pose… notice the whiskers?


And it’s called a the Brown Headed Barbet, so the winner of ‘The Prestigious Yellow Polka Dotted Cup’ for the ‘What’s this’ contest is Bikram :)

Congratulations Bikram :)

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A piece of red fabric…

Moves closer to a tree, and seems to creep up the trunk, all on it’s own.

And then it falls… :(

Now what did this adorable little ghost need that cloth for? :)

The haunted cloth appeared when I was actually looking to see if this Kingfisher would return to the Peepal tree…

And this morning what I thought was a Kingfisher turned out to be another bird, green with a long beak – feeding on the fruit on the Peepal tree. It looked like a Toucan.

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Edited to add: Large Green Barbet (Thanks Sunita :) )

Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica), also called Large Green Barbet.

And just when I thought no more Photo-posts, I saw this!!

There’s so much activity on and around one tree, just imagine what happens when we destroy entire jungles.

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