Monday, October 8, 2007

Katapadi II - Backyard Birding

During this years trip to our ancestral home, we were unable to cover most of our
itinerary due to incessant rains. I therefore got to spend hours in our backyard.

Small Green Barbet - Megalaima viridis

Our backyard consists of an acre of undisturbed vegetation and supports a sizable
variety of bird and insect life. In this post, I will cover the resident bird population.

Purple Rumped Sunbird-M
Purple Rumped Sunbird (M) - Nectarinia Zeylonica
Red Whiskered Bulbul
Red Whiskered Bulbul - Pycnonotus Jocosus

Lesser Goldenbacked WoodPecker (F)
Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker (F) - Dinopium benghalense

All shots were taken with the aid of the Canon Teleconverter lens, and the camera was tripod mounted. These snaps were taken over 3 days, during which I spent roughly 5 hrs a day, simply standing and waiting. I was richly rewarded for my patience.

Magpie Robin (M)
Magpie Robin (M) - Copsychus saularis
Longtailed Minivet (F) - Pericrocotus ethologus

Black Headed Oriole - Oriolus Xanthornus

I have now learnt, through bitter experience, that standing in one place and waiting often yields better results than chasing the birds. This holds true particularly for the tiny restless sunbirds. The Tailor bird however, valiantly resisted all efforts to be photographed, by sitting in the most inaccessible bamboo thickets.

Jungle Babblers
Jungle Babbler - pair - Turdoides striatus

In addition to the photographed birds, the following were also sighted:

1. Jerdon's Chloropsis
2. Purple Rumped SunBird (F)
3. Tree Pie Couple
4. Coucal
5. Pariah Kite
6. Stork Billed Kingfisher
7. Koel
8. Longtailed Minivet (M)
9. Tailor Bird
10. White throated Ground Thrush ( race cyanotus)

Conspicuous by their absence this time were the Paradise Fly catcher
couple (Srilankan species) and The Coppersmith barbet.

Next post will cover the butterflies and other insects of Katapadi.


anoop said...

In almost all the pictures the birds have come into crisp focus. Also, your blog is turning out to be quite informative for birders and non-birders alike. Now i know where to turn to if i want to identify some familiar bird :p.

When the effort is there, it shows.

Keshav said...

Lovely photos and nice write ups.


Unknown said...

Excellent pix. Cheers.

Swaram said...

Loved the pics :)

Unknown said...

@Swaram : Thanks for visiting and your kind comments! Im heading to Katapady sometime in april. Hope to have more pics then.

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