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

The Ruddy Shelduck Pictures and Detail (Tadorna ferruginea) Migratory Birds

Ruddy Shelduck, Shelduck, Duck, Water bird
Pair of Ruddy Shelduck 

The Ruddy Shelduck Pictures and Detail (Tadorna ferruginea)

Everytime I visit Ropar wetland, I get a chance to capture pictures of ducks. Last I captured pictures of Spot-billed Ducks and this time, it was the turn of  Ruddy Shelduck. In general, these ducks don't come close to side of the wetland where human interference is more; however, sometimes, you get few exceptions. 

Ruddy Shelduck is member of Duck family and it is put in Shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. These are mainly migratory birds and they come to the Indian subcontinent in winters. This bird is mainly found in pairs or in small groups. 

I was fortunate to get pictures of Ruddy Shelduck pictures during this winter; otherwise, I was required to wait for next winters. These birds arrive in Indian in October and leaves around April. 

Ruddy Shelduck, Male,
The Ruddy Shelduck Male
The male Ruddy Shelduck can be recognized by a black ring on the neck. In some parts of the world, these birds are hunted; though, In India they are protected birds; however, unofficial hunting is still a threat. 

They mainly found across wetland, marshy areas. The decreasing flow of water to wetlands and river bodies due to irrigation projects in causes threat to these birds. Population is water is another threat to these birds. 

The good news is that they are put in category of least concern species; therefore, there is no immediate threat to Ruddy Shelduck. 

Ruddy Shelduck, Shelduck, Duck
Pair of Ruddy Shelduck
The Asian population of Ruddy Shelduck migrates to lower altitude parts in the South during winters. At some suitable places or wetlands, we can even find thousands of these birds. 

After the breeding, the adult Ruddy Shelduck birds become incapable of flying for one month. These birds are mainly active at night. 

These birds, mainly eat green vegetation, seeds, insects, small fishes, aquatic plants. They give their eggs away from water in empty homes, tree holes or in cliffs. 

Ruddy Shelduck,
Pair of Ruddy Shelduck
In the next winter, I hope to capture more pictures of Ruddy Shelducks. 

All Pictures taken by Arvind Katoch at Ropar Wetland

The Indian Pond Heron Pictures and Detail (Ardeola grayii)

Indian Pond Heron,
Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron, Pond Heron, Harike Wetland, Punjab
An Indian Pond Heron Perfectly Hiding in Leaves

The Indian Pond Heron Pictures and Detail (Ardeola grayii)

Some of Birds are so good in camouflage that we need hard efforts to find them. Indian Pond Heron is also one such bird, which uses its wing color to hide in the leaves.  

This happened with me during my recent visit to Harike Wetland, while taking pictures, I noticed that something is hiding in the leaves. When we reached closure, then I found that it is an Indian Pond Heron. 
Indian Pond Heron, Pond Heron, Lake
Indian Pond Heron 

It is hard to find this bird when you see it from a distance because it mixes very well in the environment. 

In the below picture, you can understand what I am saying. 

Indian Pond Heron, hiding
Can you identify Indian Pond Heron

It was an interesting experience to capture a few pics of Indian Pond Heron in its wild background. This bird can be found from Iran to Burma, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka. 

The scientific name of this bird is Ardeola Grayii and it is also known as paddy bird. These birds are very common and they can be found in nearly water bodies; however, because of their color and camouflage, we miss to notice them. However, when they fly, then it is easy to notice them because of their white wings.

Indian Pond Heron, Flying, Pond Heron,
Indian Pond Heron Flying

Indian, Pond Heron, Flying,
Indian Pond Heron Flying


Indian Pond Heron or Peddy birds are not fearful of humans and they allow you to come close. Only when they feel fear, then they fly away. This is a very common bird is India and we can find slight variations in its colors across India.

They mainly feed on fishes; therefore, they found near wetlands, ponds, water bodies. Due to its silent nature, some people believe this bird as blind.

Indian, Pond Heron,


Indian, Pond Heron, Eye Contact,
An Eye contact with Indian Pond Heron

I hope that with the help of these pictures, you will be able to notice Indian Pond Heron when you see it.

All Indian Pond Heron Pics by Arvind Katoch

The Cinereous Tit Pictures and Detail (Parus Cinereus) Tiny Bird and Sweet Voice

Cinereous Tit, Tiny Birds
Cinereous Tit on Tree Branch


The Cinereous Tit  (Parus Cinereus)  


Many times, I wake in the morning while listening to sweet calls of Cinereous Tit because few Cinereour tits live around me and they sing in the morning. Cinereous Tit is a small tiny bird of black and white colors only; however, its voice is very sweet. 

It is hard to capture pics of these birds because they are shy in nature and second, they move very fast from one place to another. It took me around six months to get a few of their pics. We can find Cinereous Tit in most parts of India and South Asia.

The picture below of Cinereous Tit, I took in Hilly Part of Himachal Prades. 
Cinereous Tit, Parus Cinereus, Tinny Bird,
The Cinereous Tit (Parus Cinereus) Tinny Bird

These birds are part of tit family and their scientific name is Parus Cinereus. This bird also has many subspecies which vary in size and color.

Cinereous Tit mainly feed on fruits, seeds, insects. We can identify them with their white cheeks and white lines on the wings. They are good examples of beautiful black and white birds.

The best part of them is their whistling sweet sound which provides great relief to the mind.

Cinereous Tit, Back
Cinereous Tit from Back

Birds like Cinereous Tit make our surrounding beautiful and musical. These birds give eggs in the summers and their mating season can start from Feburary. During their mating season, whistling calls increasing many times.

Cinereous Tit, Ground
Cinereous Tit on Ground

I also found a related species to Cinereous Tit with yellow breast and later found that it is Great Tit.

Great Tit, Cinereous Tit
Great Tit and Cinereous Tit Together
Birds like Cinereous Tit are very useful for our ecological system because they help in cleaning the environment.

Cinereous Tit, Down Position
Cinereous Tit in Down Position 

All Pics of Cinereous Tit Taken by Arvind Katoch

The Rufous Treepie Pictures and Detail (Dendrocitta Vagabunda) Beautiful Long Tailed Bird

Rufous Treepie, Treepie,
Rufous Treepie

The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta Vagabunda) Pictures and Detail (Beautiful Long Tailed Bird) 


The first time, I saw Rufous Treepie was when I followed its musical calls. I was sitting in my room and I heard sweet musical calls of a bird; therefore, i decided to move out and capture its pictures. 

This was my first encounter with Rufous treepie and it resulted in the picture above. The best thing, I found about this bird was its great musical calls which makes it easy for you to feel its presence.

Rufous, Treepie, Drinking Water,
Rufous Treepie Drinking Water



The Rofous Treepie is one of common bird of the crow (Corvidae) family. I mostly found this bird alone and it doesn't seem to be afraid of humans much. 

Punjab, Bird, Sweet Voice
A bird with very Sweet Voice (Rufous Treepie)


The best way to recognize Rufous Treepie is through its long tail and loud musical calls. I like their musical calls and enjoy them when one of such bird is around. However, the problem with Rufous Treepir is that it doesn't remain stable at a single place for a long time. 

Rufous Treepie, tree,
The Rufous Treepie on Tree
Sometimes, we can notice this bird in urban homes looking for insects in the electricity pipe holes. In general, they are found in agricultural lands, villages and forests. The Roufous Treepie has a white Patch on their wings. 

These birds are found throughout India, though, in Himalayan region, we find its other variety i.e. Grey Treepie
Gray Treepie, Himachal
Grey Treepie of Himachal

The sexes of Rufous Treepie are alike. They also found in Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. These birds, mainly eat fruits, seeds, insects, small reptiles etc. These birds are very adaptive and opportunistic in nature like crows. In general, we can say that their behavior is quite similar to crows. 

These birds are believed good for some cultivations because they eat the harmful insects. Rufous Treepie can come very close to human beings. 

Rufous Treepie, Home
Rufous Treepie at Home 

Rufous Treepie is one of the common home visiting birds; though, they are not very common like Crows and Myna. When they are not making musical calls, then they do their work very silently and we hardly notice them. 

Rufous Treepie, Long Tail
Ruflous Treepie Long Tail
The long Tail is characteristic of Rufous Treepie and we can find a black tip at its end. It is very interesting to see this bird from below when they fly with their wings open. 

In the picture below, you can see a Rufous Treepie looking for insects in an open hole in the pipe. 
Rufous Treepie, Insect,
Rufous Treepie looking for insects
Rufous Treepie also help many animals like deer by eating irritants from their body. In general, Rufous Treepie looks to be a very useful bird which cleans our system and sometimes entertain us with its sweet voice. 

Rufous Treepie, Behind a Tree

The Spot-billed Duck (Anas Poecilorhyncha) Pictures and Detail

Spot Billed Ducks, Pair, Duck
A Pair of Spot Billed Ducks

The Spot-billed Duck (Anas Poecilorhyncha) Pictures and Detail

During my recent visit to Ropar (Rupnagar) wetland, I spotted two Spot-billed ducks enjoying in the water. Therefore, I decided to take some of their pictures. I went close to them and sat silently on the bank of the river. 

For twenty minutes, I got a chance to witness many movements of this pair of ducks. In general, they avoid to come close to human because illegal hunting; however, I was lucky that they came close to me. 

It was the pair of male and female spot-billed duck and there were rotating around a specific location. The birds in the picture are Indian spot-billed ducks. The scientific name of these birds is Anas poecilorhyncha.

Male, Spot-billed Duck, Duck
Male Spot-billed Duck
These birds (ducks) are very good both in flying and floating over the water. It is very nice to watch taking flight from the water.

These ducks are mainly gray in color and a black bill with yellow tip. We can also spot red color on their forehead of male Spot-billed duck, this mark is either missing in the female or it is not very significant. Female spot-billed ducks are smaller in size as compared to male spot-billed ducks. It is common to find Spot-billed ducks in the pairs like in the first picture.

Spot-billed Duck, Floating,
Spot-billed Duck Swiming on Water
These ducks are very good swimmers and they can even swim in the flowing water. These ducks live in fresh water lakes and marshes. They mainly feed on under water plant food.

In the picture below, You can see the Spot-billed duck comfortably flying over the water. You can see they fly so close to the water.

Spot-billed Duck, Flying
Spot-billed Duck flying over the Water
In this other picture, you can see a Spot-billed Duck opening its wings to start flying. They fly very fast when they see any threat.
Spot-billed Duck, Opening WIngs
Sopt-billed Duck Opening Wings
I hope that with the help of these pictures, now can easily spot a Spot-billed duck. 

Green Bee-eater ((Merops orientalis) Bird Pictures and Detail

Beautiful, Green Bee-eater
Beautiful Green Bee-eater

Green Bee-eater Bird Pictures and Detail


Few days back when I was taking the pictures of birds, then I noticed few small green birds above me. These birds were constantly coming close to me like they were asking me to take their pictures. 

Green Bee-eater, Birds, Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater Birds
I saw these birds for the first time, therefore, don't have knowledge about these birds. When searched for them on Google, then I came to know about that these birds were Bee-eater birds and bird in the picture is Green Bee-eater bird. 

It was the group of five, six bee-eater birds and they were flying all over to catch bees and flying insects. For some time, they sit in a single place and look for a flying insect and when they saw one, they immediately dive to the air to catch it. 
Bee-eater, Bird, Green Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater 


The juvenile Green Bee-eater birds don't have an elongated tail as it appears only in adult Bee-eater birds.

Green Bee-Eater, Juvenile
An adult Green Bee-eater with a Juvenile Green Bee-Eater

Bee-Eater Bird, Green Bee-eater, Juvenile
A Juvenile Green Bee-Eater Bird
It is very common to notice adult Green Bee-eater with Juvenile Bee-eater because they take care of Juvenile very well till they become independent.

Bee-eater birds, Green Bee-eater Pair,
A Pair of Green Bee-eater Birds

The scientific name of these birds is Merops orientalis and they belong to the Bee-eater family of birds. These birds are found in Africa, Arab and Asia. They are resident birds; though sometimes they make seasonal movements.

Green Bee-eater, Bird, Top,
Green Bee-Eater Bird from Top

This bird is mainly found in the plains; though, sometimes we can find in lower hills. The good thing about this Green Bee-eater is that it is found in good number and there is no threat to this bird. These birds can be sometimes observed in urban parts.

Gree Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater

Update 02/April 2015- During my recent visit to Kandi Forest in Punjab, I got a chance to watch many of Green Bee-eater birds. Sometimes, I even got a chance to see two dozen of them at the same place.

In general, we find Green Bee-eater birds in the short groups or in pairs. In the Hills and forest regions of Punjab (India), we can find these birds in Good number.

Below, you can see the picture of a Green Bee-eater bird who was looking for insect in front of my car.

Green Bee-eater, Ground
Green Bee-eater on Ground 

During an evening walk through the fields in villages of Punjab, we can find Green Bee-eater birds sitting the tree branches looking for insects.

Green Bee-eater, Tree Branch
Green Bee-eater Bird on Tree Branch

Green Bee-eater birds provide a great opportunity in front of a bird photographer to test his skills because we can find them in many avatars doing a number of things.

Green Bee-eater
Green Bee-eater

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) Pictures and Detail


Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird, Himachal, Bird
A Beautiful Crimson Sunbird 

In this picture, we can see white dots on the neck of this variety from Himachal Pradesh.

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) Pictures and Detail


Some birds simply surprise you with their presence and Crimson Sunbird is one of them. Those people who have seen this bird, they know exactly what I am talking. 

It is very hard to imagine that a so small bird can look so beautiful. Crimson Sunbird is a very small bird or we can say a tiny bird; however, nature has given this bird very attractive look and colors. 

Sometimes, Crimson Sunbird is mistaken as a hummingbird by people who saw it for the first time. I feel very lucky because I got a chance to see it and took some of its pictures. 

During one of my visits to the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, this bird suddenly came in front of me like he was saying me to take its pictures. I was also looking for this option so I immediately took some of its pictures. 

Tree, Branch, Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird on the Tree

In general, it is not easy to take the picture of this tiny bird because first, it is a very small bird second, it keeps on moving fast from one location to another. Moreover, it is even difficult to search this bird because it doesn't appear for a long time.

These birds, mainly feed on nectar, but also eat insects. It is quite interesting to have this small colorful bird around and take its pictures.

Crimson Sunbird is a breeder bird of Asia and we can find it from Indian to Indonesia.

Crimson Sunbird, Bottom, Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird from Bottom
The good news about Crimson Sunbird is that it is not in the list of birds under danger because there are in the category of least concern.

Crimson Sunbird,
Crimson Sunbird

Some people even refer these birds as mysterious birds because of less knowledge about their life. Crimson Sunbirds are placed in taxonomic family Nectariniidae. These are old world birds, meaning birds from Asia, Europe etc.

In general, this bird is seen alone looking for the nectar. The beak of Crimson Sunbird has special curving so that it can easily absorb nectar from flowers.

Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird


Crimson Sunbird is the national bird of Singapore. We can find clear difference in male and female Crimson Sunbirds. The Male Crimson Sunbird has crimson colored breast, maroon back and olive colored belly while the female bird has yellow breast and olive green back.

Update 4/Aug/2015- I am adding three more pictures of the Crimson Sunbird. These pictures I took during my last visit to Baijnath (Hiamchal). At this place, I noticed a few of Crimson Sunbirds, due to their small size, it is mostly difficult to notice them; however, their sharp colors provide a great help in noticing them.

Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird, Sunbird,
Crimson Sunbird Ready to Fly


I hope that with these pictures of crimson sunbird, you can able to learn about it and see its beauty. In the future, I will add more pictures when I meet this Crimson Sunbird again.