The Grey-hooded warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos) Picture and Detail

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The Grey-hooded warbler Detail and Pictures-

Some times, it is quite amazing to see small birds jumping here and there to get their food. We can easily spot these tiny birds through their habit of constantly moving. Today, I will share with you my experience about the tiny bird Grey-hooded warbler. 

Earlier, I introduced you to another sweet voiced warbler bird Common Tailorbird. Unlike the common tailorbird, Grey-hooded warbler is a Himalayan bird and we can see it in the middle or higher reaches of the Himalaya. 
Grey-hooded warbler

Grey-hooded warbler belongs to the leaf warbler family and their scientific name is Phylloscopus Xanthoschistos. Their size is comparable to common tailor birds and they weigh around 6 to 10 grams. Like the common tailorbird, they too make sweet and pleasing sounds. 

So far, the Grey-hooded warbler can be easily spotted in their habitats, thus they don't come under threatened birds; however, constant destruction to their habitats is a cause of concern. We can find them across the Himalayan region including countries like Pakistan, India, Bhutan and Nepal. 

Grey-hooded warbler

These small birds fed on small insects and wild berries. Their breeding season is from the months of March to August. I noticed that these tiny birds don't fear humans much if we behave sensibly and don't disturb them. 

It is slightly hard to take their picture because they don't sit at a single place for long time. In future, I hope to bring more info and pictures of these birds for you. 

Black-Winged Stilt Pictures and Detail (A Bird with Narrow and Tall legs)

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Black-Winged Stilt Pictures and Detail

Today, I will talk about a bird with tall and narrow legs. Recently, I found a bird which was moving very slowly through bushes and searching for insects in the water. So, I decided to take its pictures and zoomed my lens on it. First, I thought that this bird may be related to Red-wattled Lapwing; however, on close inspection, I found that the legs of this birds are much narrow and taller than the Red-wattled Lapwing. With some efforts, I got some of its pictures and later found that the name of the bird is Black-winged Stilt. 

Black-winged Stilt is a member of Stilt family and we can find them in a wide range. They are also known by the names of Common Stilt and Pled Stilt. Their scientific name is Himantopus himantopus. We can 5 to 7 sub species of these birds. Black-winged Stilt is mainly found in Europe and most parts of Asia. I found these birds very quiet in nature and they mostly move alone except in mating season. 

They can grow up to 33 to 36 cm long. They can be seen around water bodies, ponds, shallow lakes, and marshes. Some of the species of these birds are migratory in nature and they move towards warmer places in winters. Their main food is insects and crustaceans; we can often see them looking for food when they are around. 

Black-winged Stilt makes their nests on the ground like other long legged birds like Red-wattled Lapwing. Their eyes are red in color with a black dot. These birds are very good in making balance on the single leg and therefore, can be seen standing on the single leg. 

Both male and female Black-winged Stilt look similar; though, male birds have a darker black patch on the head. The immature birds have grey color instead of black color on the wings. 

To spot Black-winged Stilts, we need to visit shallow water bodies because they come to find food and also make nests around these areas. Black-winged Stilt is a beautiful bird and I will try to bring more pictures of it in the near future. 

Indian Spotted Eagle Pictures and Detail (Vulnerable Bird Specie)

Indian, Spotted, Eagle,
Indian Spotted Eage

 Indian Spotted Eagle Pictures and Detail- 

I love all types of birds and it is always a great experience to take pictures of birds. However, people don't consider some of birds good for them because they consider that these birds bring bad luck. The same is true for Indian Spotted Eagle, when I was taking its pictures, a few people told me that it is not good to view it and it may cause bad luck. I didn't listen to them and took these pictures. 

Indian, Spotted, Eagle,

When I saw these pictures of the Spotted Eagle on my laptop, then I found a beautiful creature of God and I fell in love with it.  Why we still consider some of birds like owls, eagles, bats etc as bad birds to humans. They are integral part of our ecosystem and They are very innocent and never cause any harm to humans. In the modern world, we need to shed these false beliefs and start respecting all creatures of God. At present, Indian Spotted Eagle is put in the category of vulnerable birds because of their small and decreasing population less than 10000 remaining on earth. They have thick yellow colored legs and a big head as compared to the body. 

It is not an easy task to take good pictures of a bird like Indian spotted Eagle which flies very high in the sky. However, sometimes we get lucky and they come close to us. I was also lucky that this Indian spotted Eagle sat on a nearby pole with a piece of roti in its one foot. Initially, It thought that me and my camera is a threat to him and he even tried to threaten me. But with time, he realized that I am not going to cause him any harm so he settled down. 

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Face to Face with Indian Spotted Eagle 

The scientific name of Indian Spotted Eagle is Clanga Hastata. It is a bird of prey of South East Asia and  it is found in countries like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Nepal. We can easily observe Indian Spotted Eagle or a pair of it flying high in the skies. It belongs to the Accipitridae family of birds. The size of these birds is 65 cm and with a wingspan of 150 cm. Indian Spotted Eagle is a medium sized eagle and it is known for its short tail. 

Indian, Spotted, Eagle,

Indian spotted eagles feed on small birds, reptiles, frogs, mammals and sometimes food left by humans like roti. It is common to find them forests, near fields, near trees and vegetations. Their breeding season is from March to August and they make nests on the trees which is made of thick sticks. 
Indian, Spotted, Eagle,

Overall, it was a wonderful experience to capture this vulnerable bird and in future, I will bring more pics of it with info. 

Black-Throated Bushtit (Tit) Pictures and Detail (Aegithalos concinnus)

Black-throated tit, Tit

Black-Throated Bushtit (Tit) Pictures and Detail-

The best part of bird photography is to meet new birds daily and learn more about their lives. Observing a small bird and then taking its pictures is a very adventurous job. Taking pictures of small birds like Tits is a difficult job because they don't stay in the same place for a long time. 

Eye Contact, Black-throated Tit,

Black-throated Tit

Black-throated Tit is the fourth Tit bird, I am going to share with you. Earlier, I shared with you Cinereous Tit, Great Tit and Himalayan black-lored tit. Tit birds are small passerine birds and they belong to the family of birds Aegithalidae. The scientific name of Black-throated Bishtit is Aegithalos concinnus. Due to the small size of Tit birds, we sometimes do not notice them, but by following their sweet voice, we can find them. 

From, Above, Black-throated Tit,

I met the Black-throated Tit near Baijnath town of Himachal Pradesh. We can find this tit in the foothills of Himalayas from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Vietnam, China and Taiwan.  Black-throated Tit lives in forests and thick bushes. Black-throated Tit is a highly social bird and it loves to move in groups; however, I met a single bird only. 

Black-throated Tit, Tit,

Black-throated Tit

It is a small bird of the size of 10 to 11 cm and it weighs between 4-8 gm. We can find the six sub-species of this Tit bird which vary in plumage, but the Black throat is common in all sub-species of Black-throated Tit. We can recognize these birds with chestnut colored cap and Black patch on throat and around eyes. The back of the bird is dark grey and under part is whitish. 
Bottom, Black-throated Tit

Back side, Black-throated Tit

Black-throated Tit mainly eats small insects, seeds, fruits and berries. It was an interesting experience for me to capture the pictures of Black-throated Tit and in future, I will update more info and pics of this bird. 

Common Babbler Pictures and Detail (Turdoides caudata)

Common Babbler, Babbler,
Common Babbler 

Common Babbler Pictures and Detail-

Today, I will share the detail and pictures of Common Babbler. Earlier, I shared with you another Babbler i.e. Jungle Babbler. The strange thing here is that I found Jungle Babbler more common than the Common Babbler. Jungle Babblers are very common in cities and near human population, whereas Common Babblers look slightly away from humans. 

Common Babbler

Common Babblers are small grey and white colored creatures which are much smaller than the Jungle Babblers. The scientific name of these birds is Turdoides Caudata and belong to the Leiothrichidae family of birds. Like the Jungle Babbler, Common Babblers can also be found in small groups and they too create noise. We can find two sub-species of Common Babblers. 

We can recognize Common Babbler with their long tails and greyish color with dark streaks. We can find a white patch on their throat and bottom of bird is paler. Common Babblers are mainly found in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. 

Common Babbler

Common Babbler

It is common to find Common Babblers moving on the ground or hanging in thick grasses. They move on the ground like rodents with tail kept upside. It is common to find these birds in dry lands. The size of these birds is 20-25 cm and they weigh around 30-40 g. 
Back Common Babbler

Common Babbler mainly eats insects like beetles, caterpillars, ants, termites, grasshoppers, spiders etc. They also eat grains. Their breeding season is from May to July and they are resident birds. 
Common Babbler, Babblers
Common Babbler

At present common babblers are put in least concerned birds' category because of their good population. It is quite difficult to capture pictures of Common Babblers because of their grey color which mix with their surrounding. In future, I will bring more pics and info of Common Babblers. 

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail (Phoenicurus frontalis)

Blue-fronted Redstart, Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail- 

I have always found small birds like Redstart very curious and they mostly become curious about your activities and sometimes even come close to you. Last time, I shared my encounters with Black-Redstart, White-capped Redstart and Plumbeous Redstart and now, it's time to talk about Blue-fronted Redstart, whom I met in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh. 

Blue-front Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart
During a walk in empty fields, I found a pair of small birds looking for food, When I went close to them, then I realized that they are Redstart birds. Initially, I was not sure that which kind of Redstart these were. When I started taking pictures of them, then they also started coming close to me and started curiously observing me. Soon, they realized that I am not a threat to them, then they become busy with their old activities while ignoring my presence. 

Blue-fronted Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redstart
The scientific name of this bird is Phoenicurus frontalis and belongs to redstart genus Phoenicurus. The family of this bird is Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers). Blue-fronted Redstart is mainly found in the northern Indian Subcontinent and in some parts of Southeast Asia. We can find these birds, mainly in the Himalayas or in hill areas in the countries like Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tiebat, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Back, Blue-fronted Redstart
Back of Blue-fronted Redstart
The size of these birds is between 15-16 cm and they weigh around 13-18 gm. The color of Blue-fronted Redstart male is Blue on head, throat, back and in the wings. The underside of Blue-fronted Redstart is orange in color. While female birds are brownish-grey

The breeding season of Blue-fronted redstart is between May to August and we can see a 15 days to one month variation in their breeding season in different geographical regions. Blue-fronted Redstart is also found in regions where we find White capped Redstart, so we need to visit the nearby Himalayan hills to capture the pictures of Blue-fronted Redstart. 

Like the other Redstarts, They also mainly eat insects, berries, fruits and seeds. Blue-fronted Redstarts do show attitudinal migration; however, their range is mostly short. Our Himalayas are full of many beautiful birds and Blue-fronted Redstart is one of them. Therefore, it is very important for us to maintain the natural balance in the Himalayas, so that their creature remain safe. 

Blue-fronted Redstart,
Blue-fronted Redtart
So far, Blue-fronted Redstart are put in the category of list concerned birds because of their good population. In the future, I will bring you more pics and info on Blue-fronted Redstart. 

Black Redstart Pictures and Detail (Phoenicurus ochruros) A small curious Bird

Redstart, Black,
Black Redstart

Black Redstart Pictures and Detail- 

Today, I will discuss and share third Redstart with you with whom I spent some time and got its pictures. Earlier, I shared pictures of White capped Redstart and Plumbeous Redstart. Like the other redstart birds, Black Redstart is also a curious bird and it may come close to you when you are taking its pictures. 

Black, Redstart
Black Redstart

The scientific name of this bird is Phoenicurus ochruros and it belongs to redstart genus Phoenicurus. The scientific name of Indian subspecies is Phoenicurus ochruros rufiventris. Black Redstart, a small fly catcher bird has wide range and we can find many of their subspecies. Black Redtarts are found in Europe, Asia, China, Britain, Ireland and Africa. It is a resident world; however, the Black redstart living in the northern or colder parts may migrate to hot southern places. 

Black Redstart Front
Black Redstart Front

It is not a very difficult job to find a Black Redstart around you in India; though, with the change in geographical location may see the different sub-species of Black Redstart. These birds can be seen in wild, grassy field, close vegetation, thick forests and urban gardens. 

Black Redstart Back
Black Redstart Back

The size of these birds is 13 to 15 cm and 12 to 20 gm. The color of the upper part of Black Redstart is dark grey to black and color of the breast is black. The bottom part and tale are of orange-red color. 

Black Redstart Side View
Black Redstart side view

Black Redstart eats insects, earthworms, spiders, snails, fruits, berries and seeds. Their breeding season is May to August. It is always a great experience to come across a redstart bird and I liked my encounter with Black Redstart very much. 

Black Redstart, Closeup,

Next time, I will bring more pics and info of Black Redstart and other Redstart birds. 
Black Redstart

Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, Bird, Punjab,
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros rufiventris)

Jungle Myna Pictures and Detail (Acridotheres fuscus)

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Jungle Myna

Jungle Myna Pictures and Detail-

Around us, we can find many birds and even among common birds, we can find many varieties. The same is true for Myna birds. Earlier, I shared with you Pied Myna, Common Myna, Bank Myna and Brahminy Mayna. Now it is time for Jungle Myna. From the name of Jungle Myna, we can conclude that this Myna is found in the Jungle alone; however, it is not true. This Myna is commonly found in the jungle, however, we can find in good numbers around civilization. 

Jungle Myna in Water Pot
Jungle Myna cooling itself in water Pot
I got a chance to do the all this photoshop of Jungle Myna from my village and city homes. Jungle Myna can be seen with common myna looking for food. In a big group, we can find both common myna and Jungle myna. Though, Jungle Myna are not as common as the common myna and we don't find them very often. However, with some patience, we can easily find some of Jungle Myna around us. 
Pair, Jungle Myna, Myna

It is common to find Jungle Myna in pairs or groups. Both sexes of Jungle Myna look alike. Jungle Mynas are also as naughty as the common mynas are and they do come close to humans. The scientific name of these birds is Acridotheres fuscus. Jungle Myna is a bird of the starling family like the other Myna birds. 

Jungle Myna, Myna,
Jungle Myna

These are 22 to 23 cm long birds. The color of their feathers is gray, which is darker on the head and wings. We can recognize the Jungle Myna with the head tuft and yellow eyes with black center. The bill and legs of Jungle Myna are bright yellow in color. 
Jungle Myna
It is common to find them around the water bodies. Like the other Mynas, these birds are also omnivorous; therefore, they eat grains, insects and fruits. 
Jungle Myna,

Jungle Myna is resident of Southeast Asia and we can find it in countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Thialand, Cambodia and Indonesia. Due to accidental introduction, these birds have entered new territories. 
Back, Jungle Myna,

Jungle Myna makes its nest in the holes and their breeding season is same as of common myna. These mynas are similar in many ways to common myna and we can often find them together like in the pictures below. 
Common Myna, Jungle Myna, Myna,
Common Myna and Jungle Myna

Common Myna, Jungle Myna, Myna,

I am very excited after taking the pictures of so many myna birds and in future, I will try to bring more info and pics of Jungle Myna for you. 
Jungle Myna

Jungle Myna