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. 

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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. 

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

Barnet, Brown-headed barbet,
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.


Back,  Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Laughingthrush,
 Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush





Bird Photography Tip 2- Try to understand the Bird's environment Well before taking Picture

For a good Bird Photographer, it is very important to understand the bird's environment well. When we know more about Bird behavior and their environment, then it becomes much easier to take their best pictures.

Initially, no one is master in it and we all learn with time. When we spend more and more time with the birds and in their environment, then we learn many things about them like which tries they like, flowers they eat, the time when they come out.

Different birds follow different patterns; however, we can always find some places where the density of birds is much higher as compared to other places.

With my experience in bird photography, I have found that there are few isolated or small places where we can find many birds simultaneously; though some of these locations may change with time.

For example, if there are delicious berries or flowers on a tree, then there are good chances that many birds will get attracted to this tree.

For a good bird photographer, it is important to keep all these points in mind and make better decisions. Though, I agree that birds can surprise us any time and we can find a good picture of bird anywhere; however, still knowledge and experience pay and we get some good pictures.

To increase your experience and knowledge, it is good to observe birds and follow their voices sometimes even without a camera. More you follow them and observe them more you will learn about them.

Some you may come about the knowledge of places where there are good chances of finding them.

Overall, it is a long exercise and it never ends but it is worth spending time so that we can get some of the best results.






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.

Love birds, Red vented Bulbul, Bulbul,
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.