Friday, February 27, 2009

Grey Heron

A large wading bird, the grey heron is found across Asia. It has a white head and a bright pinkish yellow beak. Feeds in shallow water and lives on fish and frogs. Their flight is slow with necks retracted into the body. The call is a load croaking that sound like 'phraaank'.

The birds breed in colonies on trees next to lakes and wetlands.
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
There are four subspecies:
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Linnaeus, 1758. Europe, Africa, western Asia
Ardea cinerea jouyi Clark, 1907. Eastern Asia
Ardea cinerea firasa Hartert, 1917.
Ardea cinerea monicae Jouanin & Roux, 1963. Islands off
Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love Birds - Rose Ringed Parakeets

A common bird in India, the rose ringed parakeet is a gregarious bird which is often kept as a pet. An extremely noisy bird, it has adapted itself to urbanisation and deforestation that is taking place all around.
The rose ringed parakeet is sexually dimorphic - the adult male showing a black and pink band around the neck while the female and young adults show no ring around the neck.
It's Valentines Day and these Gold Ring Parakeets truly represent the spirit of this day.
Facts :
Scientific Name : Psittacula krameri
Distribution : 4 subspecies , 2 from Asia and 2 from Africa
Diet : Feed on fruits, berries, nuts and vegetables

Friday, February 13, 2009

Basking in the Sun

The Indian Black Turtle is a common sight in the waters of Bharatpur. Being cold blooded, they spend the day taking in the warmth of the sun,

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Two views of Dawn from the same spot shot in opposite directions - The rising sun on the one side and the fog laden marshland on the other.
Dawn Breaking

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Owls of Bharatpur

Amongst the numerous birds that are resident of Bharatpur are owls. A common species of owl found in Bharatpur is the Collared Scoops Owl. This bird is found in wooded and forested areas on trees which have heavy branches and leaves. The face is whitish or buff with brown or red eyes. Like all owls, this is a nocturnal bird and is difficult to spot in the day because of its natural camouflage.

Spotted Owlet
Another species of owl that is seen in Bharatpur is the Spotted Owlet. This is a small stocky owl of about 20 cm in size. The bird feeds on insects and small animals.