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Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena) Pictures and Detail (A mid-sized Owl and my close encounter)

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Indian Scops Owl Pictures and Detail-(Click to Tweet

My first encounter with an owl is from my childhood when I was around 10 years and I climbed a building in search of the kit then near a window a saw a bird (at that time I have no knowledge about birds) which was not flying away despite my closeness. I left him unharmed because I have always loved the birds.
Later, when I described my experience to my father then he told me that it must be an owl. He further told me that owls are unable to see clearly during the day and it must be the reason that he did not fly away. 


I like these birds because of their mysterious nature and our fewer encounters with them. Many people don't like owls and think that they bring bad luck; however, I don't believe all this and love to have them around. 

Despite taking bird pictures from a few years, I remain unsuccessful in taking pictures of the owl because they are mostly active at night and second they are very good at hiding themselves in the…

Eurasian Collared-Dove or Collared Dove (Streptopelia decapcto) Pictures and Detail

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Eurosian Collared Dove or Collared Dove (Streptopelia decapcto) Pictures and Detail

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Today, I will talk about another dove species i.e. Eurasian Collared dove or popularly known as a collared dove. Earlier, I covered three dove species on this blog and they were Laughing Dove, Rock Dove and Spotted Dove. A collared dove is also a common form of a dove and it has spread to the many parts of the world. 



The scientific name of this dove is Streptopelia decapcto and it is a native bird to Europe and Asia; however, it has been introduced to the American continent too. Because of their good population, these birds are put under the category of least concerned birds. 



They also have similar eating habits as that of other dove birds like grains, fruits, small insects, etc. I spotted a pair of Eurasian collared doves and found them mostly together which shows their strong relationship. They are called collared doves because of the black colored collar-like shape around their neck. 

Asian Barred Owlet Pictures and Detail

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Asian Barred Owlet Pictures and Detail- Finally, I am a happy man because I got my first picture of an owlet. Even after taking pictures of more than 100 different birds, I was unable to capture an owlet through my camera. I became lucky when I spotted an Asian Barred Owlet at my native village in Himachal. The scientific name of Asian Barred Owlet is Glaucidium cuculoides. 

The above owlet in pictures is the subspecies of Asian Barred Owlet which is found in the Himalayas and its scientific name is Glaucidium cuculoides. These owls are residents of Northern Subcontinent of India and they are also found in some part of Southeast Asia. Asian Barred Owlet is species of True owlet and they can be seen in countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. 


Mostly, in Indian culture, people don't like owlets and associate it with bad things. However, I like them very much and even want to have one as a pet if I get one who can't fly due t…

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 with 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 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 acros…

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…

Indian Spotted Eagle Pictures and Detail (Vulnerable Bird Specie)

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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. 



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 populat…

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

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Black-Throated Bushtit (Tit) Pictures and Detail-

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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. 





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. 



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 T…

Common Babbler Pictures and Detail (Turdoides caudata)

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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 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. 




It is common to find…

Blue-fronted Redstart Pictures and Detail (Phoenicurus frontalis)

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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. 

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. 

The scientific name of this bird is Phoenicurus frontalis and belongs to redstart genus Phoenicurus. The family of this bird is Musci…