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 😀 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 😛

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 😀

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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 😀

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Hungry Birds.

Dighal Wetlands, Haryana

Plain Prinia
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Northern Pintails at breakfast. Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
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Dewdrops on cobwebs…

For us, Delhi BirdRace 2014, this Sunday began with gushing at this display of dew drops 🙂
Basai Droplets on websHow do spiders survive this cold?

Cobwebs, SultanpurYou can see a spider in this one…

Cobwebs beadedBirds were cold too.  Seven eight sisters huddled on a foggy morning 🙂

babblers huddled together

The fog had wiped the background.

Cobweb websDroplets on leaves too…

beadsAlthough I was looking at the birds, the droplets were difficult to ignore.

graceful priniaGlistening beads.

Webs Sultanpur

Flying…

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purple heron landing, Purple Heron, Dighal Wetlands, Haryana

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Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur - 22 Feb 2014

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Tailor bird landing, Delhi Bird Race, March 2, 2014, Sultanpur

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Need no wings

When you can’t do anything else…

The child pointed to the carrots in the rikshaw.
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A Morning in The Life of a Blind Cat.

We met this blind cat in Bombay – ne (he/she) has found loving humans who feed nem (her/him) and let nem be.  [The Need for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun]

blind

I first saw nem (him/her) when ne attempted to bully this little kitten we were sharing our breakfast with,

cats and dogs like human company

Kitten

The kitten saw nem coming and …

Frightened cat

Ne seemed to know that the blind cat couldn’t see nem, ne stayed still.

The kitten is hiding from this blond cat...

Look at nir ears, ne is listening. The kitten made no sound.

listening

 We suggested ne has some fried egg too,

blind cat eating fried egg

And ne did taste some,

Tasting before rejecting

Then decided there were better things for nem to do. Like being scratched and petted…

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A blind cat in Bombay, Nikon D7000


confident

And listening to humans talk about cats. Blind cat sitting on chair

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This kitten (in Pune on the side of a busy road) had a rope around it’s neck, the other end was secured under a stone – I think to prevent it from being run over.

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It called out to those who would hear him.

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This head butt is a how Sherkhan expresses his affection…

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I wish he wasn’t born here, or brought here, to live by a busy road 😦

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But it does have a family, for now.

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And plenty of love from people passing by,

love

Note: All pictures taken with ISO set at 3200 for some shots the evening before 😦 

Updated to add:
Here’s why I didn’t think the kitten had been abandoned.

a dog and a woman

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If we don’t get what he is trying to convey, who would?

This morning I picked this cup to take a sip,

cuppa chaiAnd couldn’t put it back because,

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What did he want?
How does he tell without words?Occupied.jpg.11…that he hates to eat alone and loves it when he sees a family member settling down with a hot cup of tea.

Where do I keep my cup!

…and then they forget to get his breakfast 😦

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Of course I knew just what to do 🙂

how we resolved the conflict.jpf

🙂

The cup’s back in the tray. And the cat?

Morning chai…is back to watching birds outside the window 🙂

DSC_2655Isn’t he just adorable?

Somebody’s back on the cushion.

Meaning the temperatures have come down 🙂

Is he planning to sleep?

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A better look at the gorgeous, blue Verditer Flycatcher :)

Ever since a fellow blogger and birds photography enthusiast, Shail, gifted me Salim Ali’s ‘The Book of Indian Birds’, I had been waiting to take some more bird shots and then look for information in the new book.

Gangtok was just the opportunity.

Salim Ali, The book of Indian BirdsThough the rains followed from Kufri  to Gangtok 🙄

…this time I knew what to look for 🙂Verditer Flyctcher page in Salim AliBrat Three, who is a self proclaimed Bird-Spotter, spotted these two on the 2nd morning.

Verditer Flycatcher, Gangtok, Sikkim Birds, Bird Photographs, Nikon 70 300 VR lens

The female is a duller lighter blue.

verditer flycatcher female, Verditer Flycatcher, Gangtok, Sikkim Birds, Bird Photographs, Nikon 70 300 VR lensVerditer Flycatcher, Gangtok, Sikkim Birds, Bird Photographs, Nikon 70 300 VR lensThese lovely blue birds were everywhere, but often difficult to spot amongst the green leaves.

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Frequently camouflaged as either dark silhouettes, or as tiny movements on the topmost branches…

verditer flycatcher on top branchesMale.

Verditer Flycatcher, Gangtok, Sikkim Birds, Bird Photographs, Nikon 70 300 VR lens Verditer Flycatcher, Gangtok, Sikkim Birds, Bird Photographs, Nikon 70 300 VR lens Verditer Flycatcher male is darker.

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