Showing posts with label Bird Photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bird Photography. Show all posts

Brown-headed Barbet Pictures and Detail (A Fatty Green Bird with Brown Top)

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Beautiful Brown-headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet Pictures and Detail

[Update 21/03/2015- Today, I got some new pictures of Brown Headed Barbet when I got the chance to spend some time with two of them. At the end of March, we can find most of birds in pairs and same is true for Brown Headed Barbet. From the morning, I was listening calls of Brown Headed Barbets so I followed these calls and got some new pics. This time, it looked that Brown headed Barbet has no objection to my presence and I got some wonderful pics. I wish that this breeding season goes well for the Brown Headed-Barbet and we see a new generation of them.

I was trying to get close to these birds from last three months and today was my lucky day.]

Also Check Blue-throated Barbet and Great Hill Barbet 

Brown-headed barbet, Back
Brown Headed Barbet from back

One day, I was taking pictures of birds, then I noticed a green bird flew near me. Earlier, the only green bird I was aware of being a Parrot. This bird is short as compared to a parrot and due to its green color sometimes, it becomes difficult to notice it. 

Brown-headed Barbet, Barbet,
Brown-headed Barbet
It is also hard to capture pictures of Brown-headed Barbet because it is a very shy and fearful bird. With just a small noise, it flew away from you. Though, I was lucky because I got two of its pictures and in the future, I hope to get more. 

When I studied more about this bird, then found that it is an Asian breed of Barbet. In general, we can find different kind of barbet birds around the world. 
Close up, Facem Brown Headed Barbet
Close up Face Brown Headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet, Wall
Brown-headed Barbet on the Wall

This green barbet is mainly found in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This green specie  of Barbet mainly eats insects and fruits. 

The main characteristics of this bird are short neck, short tail and a big head. If we see its size, then looks like a small fatty bird. 

Back, Brown headed Barbet
Back of Brown headed Barbet

Video Presentation of Pictures of Brown-headed Barbet-


Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Pictures and Detail

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A Pair of Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Birds 

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Pictures and Detail

Today, I am going talk about Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush which are one of a kind of Laughingthrush birds. These birds, mostly like to remain in isolation and in dense forests or vegetation. Therefore, they are not commonly seen. 

I was lucky as I got the chance to capture some of pictures of these birds during my visit to some forest area in Himachal Pradesh. 

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Laughingthrush, Bird
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush
The most interesting point about these birds is that very less is known about them. 

I took, the picture of group of Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush birds when they were drinking nectar from the wild cherry flowers. 

These birds, mostly found in groups and they are characterized laughing sound; therefore, they got name Laughingthrush.

At present these birds are extinct from Pakistan and they are left in good numbers at other places; and, their population is increasing as per present trend. This bird is listed in IUCN Red List least concern species. This is a good news for these birds.

The Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush birds, mainly found in India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. These birds are basically resident birds and they have short flights due to short wings.
Bird,  Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

It is common to find them in groups because they are very social in nature. These birds can be found over a long range starting from Northern India to Eastern India, while cover parts of Nepal, China and Bhutan.

These birds eat insects, berries, nectar etc. They come to lower heights when it snows at higher peaks Himalaya.

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 Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

The White Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) Pictures and Detail

White Thraoted Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher

The White Throated Kingfisher

In the last six months, I came across White Throated Kingfisher for more than 4 times. I found this bird mostly alone but very focused on its work. White Throated Kingfisher remains stable at a place even if you go near it. Though, it inquires about you, but it doesn't fear much like the other birds.
White Throated Kingfisher, kingfisher, wild
White Throated kingfisher in Wild

In the wild or in forests, you can sometimes find groups of White Throated Kingfisher birds with juvenile White Throated Kinghers and we can see them doing many activities as shown in the pictures below.

White Throated Kingfisher, Training, Bird,
White Throated Kingfisher training the baby

White Throated Kingfisher, Wings open,
White Throated Kingfisher with Wings open

White Throated Kingfisher always remains focused on catching the insect and make a sudden dive to catch it. White Throated Kingfisher bird loves to search food alone; though they can be found in social environment when near to their nests. They take care of their kids well.
White Throated Kingfisher, Front
Front White Throated Kingfisher

May be this bird likes to unite in mating season only. The scientific name of this bird is (Halcyon smyrnensis). This kingfisher is classified as a Tree Kingfisher. They are also called white-breasted kingfisher or Smyrna kingfisher.

White Throated Kingfisher, Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher
We can find slight variations in their colors as per the location, In above tow pictures of white throated Kingfisher, you can see bluish color or wings while in next four pictures, you can see the greenish color of the wings.

Above two pictures were taken at Harike Wetland near Ferozpur (Punjab) and below four pictures were taken near Ropar (Punja).

White Thraoted Kingfisher, insect
White Throated Kingfisher with insect in mouth

When you are taking the picture of White Throated Kingfisher then sometimes, you get a chance to capture its dive to capture insects.

White Throated Kingfisher is a widely distributed in Asia from Turkey to Philippines. This bird enjoy to stay at a single place or location, though, sometimes may make small movements.
Dive, Kingfisher
Dive of Kingfisher
The main diet of White Throated Kingfisher includes insects, small fishes, frogs, rodents and  small reptiles. It is common to see this bird seating on trees and wires. They generally live in the plains; however, some of white throated Kingfisher birds are reported to be seen in high hills.

The good news about White Throated Kingfisher is that they are not endangered species of birds and we can see them often around us.

The breeding season of White Throated Kingfisher starts with the onset of monsoon. During this season, it is common to hear calls of make kingfisher bird in the morning.

White Throated Kingfisher, Wire
White Throated Kingfisher

It is common to witness this bird, if look around the trees and wires. They sit at a place for a long time because they search for insects and fly to catch them.
White Throated Kingfisher, Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher is a fearless bird in the wild and they can close to you when you are taking their pictures. The best place to take their pictures is to find their nests where dozens of these birds live nearby.

All Pics of White Throated Kingfisher taken by Arvind katoch 

 Video Presentation of White Throated Kingfisher Pictures

The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus Cafer) pictures, video and Detail

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A Red-vented Bulbul

Red-vented Bulbul 

Red-vented Bulbuls are common and mostly noisy Bulbul birds. As compared to other varieties of Bulbuls, this variety of Bulbul is more confident and aggressive.

The scientific name of this Bulbul is Pycnonotus Cafer. These Bulbuls are invasive in nature and they have successfully established them in many parts of the world and hostile environments.

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Love Birds- Pair of  Red-vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbuls are also social in nature and they love to live in groups. This best way to identify them is the dark red color on the vent. It is common to see pairs of red-vented bulbul. We can identify male and female red-vented Bulbuls through their size, color and hairs around the head.

Male red-vented bulbuls are bigger in size, they have sharp colors and more hairs around the head and neck.
Red-vented Bulbul, Himachal,
Red-vented Bulbul (Himachal Pradesh) 

Red-vented Bulbuls are basically resident birds of the Indian subcontinent. Red vented Bulbul eat fruits, berries, insects, nectars and flowers. The good about Red vented Bulbul that we can find male red-vented Bulbul very curious in nature.
Red-vented Bulbul, Checking me, Male,
A Male Red-vented Bulbul Checking on Me

Many times, male red-vented Bulbul tries to come close to me or inquire about me when I try to take their pictures. These birds live in my neighborhood; therefore, we meet many times.

In the month of Feburary, we can watch red-vented Bulbul eats new grown flowers of cannabis. Some people do keep these birds in cages because of their sweet voice; however, i do not like it. I request all to not put birds in cages.

Sometimes, these birds do take away left away food from our dog's food bowl.

As we go close to red-vented Bulbuls, they also start recognizing you and don't find your presence ackward.

Both it is also important to not put unnecessary pressure on these birds and stay calm while taking pictures.

Red-vented Bulbul are not endangered species and we can hope that they will stay with us for a long time.

However, constant cutting of trees and increasing human interference is threatening many such birds.

It is easy to observe red-vented bulbul in India because they are found in many parts.

Red-vented Bulbul, Friend
A Red-vented Bulbul Friend
With the help of these pictures and information, I can hope that people find it easy to identify them.

Red-vented Bulbul, pose
A Pose by Red-vented Bulbul

Video of Red-vented Bulbul 

Here is a short video of a red-vented male Bulbul.

Indian (House) Crow (Corvus Splendens) Pictures, My Experience with Indian Crows

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Indian House Crow

Indian (House) Crow (Corvus Splendens) Pictures 

When you live in India then it is very hard for your ignore this bird and it is Indian Crow. Also read Jungle Crow. It is also called House Crow and its scientific name is Corvus Splendens. These black colored birds are neither beautiful nor they have a sweet voice, but we can find them everywhere.

Indian, House, Crow
Indian House Crow

It is common to hear their voices of Caw-caw when they are around. Most of the times, crows are unwanted visitors when you are feeding other birds. However, still I love them because they are very clever birds and they help us in cleaning environment by eating waste.

Indian Crow, Crow, House Crow, Buffalo,
Indian Crow on the Top of a Buffalo

Crows are very confident birds and they are very good in adapting to the new situations; therefore, they can survive in most of hard conditions. As I am writing this article, a crow is cawing outside my window. The disadvantage with crows is that they are so common that we most often ignore them.

House Crow, Indian, Crow,
Indian House Crow
The race of crows which we found is Indian subcontitent has a gray neck collar. The crows are believed to be of Asian origin; however, due to their adaptability talent, we can find them around the world.

We can notice some variation in color and size of crows as per the area e.g. The hills crows are bigger in size and they don't have a gray collar on neck.

The hills crows are completely black in color and their voice is also slightly harder than common house crows. Mostly, people do not notice such difference in crows as they are mostly unwanted visitors and they are not admired like other birds.

Hilly Crows, Crows, Hills,
Bigger and Dark Black Crows of Hills

In this picture, you can clearly notice the difference with Common house crows and the crows from the Hills.

We can find crows in groups and in isolation also. They can fit any situation. Crows love to invite other crows when they find a good source of food.

Crows are very social in nature and they fight in groups when the enemy is bigger and powerful.

Crows in general love to settle near human habitats because here they find it easy to get food.

I like them and made a few of them my friends. The best way to attract them is to give them food, they love easy meal and likes to visit a place again and again if they get food there.

Crow, Crow Tail,
Indian Crow from Back

The crows are also notorious for stealing food from humans and other animals; therefore some people don't like them. However, I think it is just a nature of this bird and they do it for food only.

Crow, Action
A Crow in Action
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A Crow
Crows are cleaning agents of nature because they immediately, clean many unwanted things from the earth; otherwise, these things might have created problems if uncleaned.

Crows can eat anything and they are very good at finding the food source. In the picture below, you can see them collecting insects from the Buffalo skin. This is a dual advantage situation for Buffalo and crows because Buffalo gets rid of troubling insects and crows find food.

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Crows collecting insects from Buffalo Skin

[Update- 13-09-2016 - I always thought that crows are very smart creatures; however, recently, I observed that Asian Koel is even smarter than them. The Koel lay its eggs in the crow's nest and thus crows take care of Asian Koel juveniles like their own kids. When I first read about this story that I don't believe that it is true. However, recently I saw it through my eyes where I saw crows feeding Koel juveniles. 

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Crow, feeding, Juvenile, Asian Keol, Female,
A Crow feeding Juvenile Asian Keol (Female) 
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Juvenile Asian Koel (Female) Feed by House Crow
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Crow feeding Juvenile Asian Koels

All Pictures credit Arvind katoch and Arvindkatoch's Photography

The Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) or or White Cheeked Bulbul Pictures and Detail

Himalayan Bulbul, Wild Cherry, White Checked Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul with Wild Cherry

The Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) 

Around my native village in the Baijnath Town of Himachal Pradesh, it is very common to see Himachal Bulbul birds. I love their sweet voice and beautiful look. I love to chase them with my camera whenever I visit my village.

The scientific name of Himalayan Bulbul is Pycnonotus leucogenys. These birds come under the songbirds because of their sweet voice. They belong to the Pycnonotidae family of birds. 
Himalayan Bulbul, White-Cheeked Bulbul, Himachal Pradesh.
Beautiful Pair of Himalayan Bulbul

I love the god gifted hair style of these birds which is sharper in male Himalayan Bulbul birds. It is a small bird with average of weight of 27 to 35 grams. We can recognize these birds with the pale yellow color their underside.
White, cheeked, Bulbul, Himalayan,

It is common to find these birds in pairs or in small groups. Mostly, they are friendly birds and come very close to humans. At the village, few of Himalayan Bulbul birds come daily to eat rice which we put in the feeder for the house sparrows.

Himalayan Bulbul, sparrow
Himalayan Bulbuls eating Rice

You can notice white cheeks of Himalayan Bulbul and because of these white cheeks, they are also known as White Cheeked Bulbul. Their main food is insects and flies; however, they eat grains and fruits too.

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Female Himalayan Bulbul 

It is common to witness the presence of white cheeked Bulbul in northern India. This bird is also found in adjoining hilly countries around India like Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc.

Himalayan Bulbul, Guava,
Himalayan Bulbul Eating Guava
In the above picture, you can see a Himalayan Bulbul Bird eating a Guava Fruit. This picture is taken near Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh.

I got one more pic of Himalayan Bulbul with wild cherry in its beak. The main secret of the beauty of these wild birds lies in the natural food they eat.

Himalayan Bulbul, Himachal Pradesh,
Himalayan Bulbul (Himachal Pradesh)

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) Pictures and Detail (Angry Bird)

Jungle Babbler, Seven brother, Bird Punjab, Punjab
Close up of A Jungle Babbler

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) Pictures and Detail

I have grown up with these birds and the main thing about these birds is that they commonly found in the group and create lots of noise. The scientific name of Jungle Babbler is Turdoides Striata and one of the common Indian names is Seven Brothers or Seven Sisters. This bird also looks like Angry Bird from the famous cartoon series based on birds. It looks that the cartoonist got the inspiration from Jungle babbler for a few bird characters.
Jungle Babbler

We call them Jungle Babblers, however, I have mostly found them in cities. It looks that they have adapted well for city life whereas common babblers the other species of them are not that common and I got their pictures by visiting the nearby village. 

The bird family of these birds is Leiothrichidae and these birds are very common in the Indian Subcontinent. We can see them in forests, gardens and residential areas. I have become quite familiar with these birds and can easily recognize them by their noise. 
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A Jungle Babbler Sitting on a Branch of Guava Tree

Jungle Babblers have short wings; therefore, they have a short flight. The Jungle Babblers which are found in urban parts are slightly bigger than Jungle Babblers found in non-urban areas. By looking at the current pollution of the Jungle Babblers, it looks that they are on the safe side and presently, there is no threat to them. 

Jungle Babbler

In India, anyone can easily notice these birds if he puts some attention on birds around. It is easy to feed these birds because they love to eat leftovers or fresh food given to them. I have enjoyed a good relationship with them so far and they come very near to me. I have always found Jungle Babblers around me where ever I have lived.
Baby, Jungle Babbler
Baby Jungle Babbler

  Because of their noisy nature, we come to know about the presence of Jungle Babblers nearby. These birds are very social in nature and they always move in groups. They eat a variety of food like insects, grains, berries, etc.

Back, Backside, Jungle Babbler
Jungle babbler from Backside

I feel fortunate that I grew up with these birds and got a chance to take so many of pictures of Jungle Babbler. These gray-colored birds are very beautiful and they show you many colors of life.
Jungle Babbler

We can learn a few lessons of socialization from Jungle Babbler because they always stay in a group and never leave their group.

Side View, Jungle Babbler
Side View of a Jungle Babbler

I have found a great ability in Jungle Babbler birds to communicate with you and you can do the same if you show some patience. I hope that with these pictures of Jungle Babbler and information, you can easily recognize this bird.

Jungle Babblers, Baby Jungle Babblers
Two baby Jungle Babblers
Jungle Babblers,
Jungle Babblers
Jungle Babbler always takes care of their kids very well. Mostly, Juvenile Jungle Babbler remains close to their parents. We can often see parent Jungle Babbler cleaning and taking care of Juvenile Jungle Babbler.

Jungle babbler, baby, Kid
Jungle Babbler taking care of Juvenile 

Jungle Babbler Pictures Video Presentation-


Photography Credit Arvindkatoch's Photography