Saturday, March 22, 2014

Birding at Nandi HIlls - Part 2 - Blue-capped Rock Thrush




This is the second post in the three part series. The first post can be viewed at the link specified at the end of the post.The Blue-capped Rock Thrush is another species quite commonly spotted at Nandi Hills.

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Blue-capped Rock Thrush (male), Monticola cinclorhynchus


The Blue-capped Rock Thrush winters mainly in Western Ghats and is a summer visitor in the Himalayas. It is 15-17cm in length and feeds mainly on insects. The male has a blue crown or cap and throat with the remaining underpart orange in color, while the female has an olive-brown with barred and whitish underparts which are heavily scaled. They are usually found in moist forests an well wooded areas during the winters and in open dry forests during the summers.
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Blue-capped Rock Thrush (female), Monticola cinclorhynchus
Part - 1 of this series: Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

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Nikon D3S / Canon EOS 20D
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR / CANON EF 600mm F4L IS
Gitzo + Wimberley

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Birding at Nandi HIlls - Part 1 - Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

As usual, its been a while since my last post, in this four part post, i will put up images of three species commonly found at our local birding hotspot Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills is an old hill fortress in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. It is approximately 60 Km from Bangalore City. Nandi Hills has typical high hill vegetation. Every morning the trees of the forest are covered with water as the forest acts as a substrate for cloud condensation. The patch of forest on the top of the hill is evergreen and makes for a favored wintering location of many winter migrant species such as flycatchers, warblers and thrushes.

I will start of with the most common and easy to photograph species here, the Tickell's Blue Flycatcher.

The tickell's blue flycacther is a small passerine bird of the flycatcher family. It is 11-12cm in length and feeds mainly on insects. The male is bright blue with a deep orange/reddish throat with the remaining underpart whitish in color, while the female is a duller shade of blue. They are usually found in thick cover and shade.

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Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae

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Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae
Part - II of this series will be on the Blue-capped Rock Thrush

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Nikon D3S
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
Gitzo + Wimberley

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Blue-eyed Bush Frog

When id decided to go photographing in the Sharavathi region of the Western Ghats, the Blue-eyed Bush Frog Philautus neelanethrus now known as the Coorg Yellow Bush Frog Raorchestes luteolus was amongst the top of my species list.

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Blue-eyed Bush Frog Philautus Neelanethrus


This species features under the 'endangered' category in the IUCN list of endangered species and is endemic to India. The bright blue ring running around its protruding eyes is what gives the frog its common name, its scientific name neelanthrus mean 'blue eyes' in Sanskrit. This species is considered a 'new' species as it was discovered only in 2007.

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Blue-eyed Bush Frog Philautus Neelanethrus on a leaf

The blue-eyed bush frog avoids barren lands and areas involving human activity such as agricultural fields or urbanisation.
The main threats to this species are loss of habitat due to building of dams and conversation of forests to agricultural land.

EQUIPMENT USED:
Nikon D3S
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Nikon SB-700 speedlight


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In search of frogs and snakes - Herping expeditions

Its been a while since I posted here, actually a long time. The last few months have changed my photography a tad bit, I have developed a new love for macro photography and photographing snakes and frogs, yes SNAKES and FROGS.

There is so little known about these species that one hardly notices that beautiful little frog, not more than 1.5-2 cm in length sitting right beside the path one is walking. Snakes on the other hand seem to scare the hell out of people. Even non-venomous snakes are often mercilessly killed. I think a little knowledge, even basics, can save the lives of a number of snakes.

To start of with, I shall post a couple of images from my earlier trips to Shimoga District and Uttara Kannada(North Canara) both in the state of Karnataka.

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Green Vine Snake Ahaetulla nasuta
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A closeup of a green vine snake to show it camouflage in it surroundings
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Malabar Pit Viper Trimeresurus malabaricus flicking its tongue
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Closeup of an Indian Bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus
Stay tuned for more detailed posts on individual species!!

EQUIPMENT USED:
Nikon D3S

AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Nikon SB-700 speedlight


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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dhole - Indian Wild Dog

The Dhole, also know as the Indian Wild Dog is one of the most successful hunters from the Indian Forests. They have been placed under the 'endangered' category by IUCN due to loss of habitat and possible transfer of diseases from domestic and ferral dogs.

They are highly social animals, and hunt in packs, often chasing their prey to exhaustion. They often start tearing into their prey even before it is dead. Since they often travel in numbers, they are bold enough to take on much larger animals, like gaurs, sambhars and often chase tigers and leopards away.

Here, after finishing an evening safari at Bandipur National Park, while returning to our lodge around 6:30 PM, we came across two dholes sitting right next to the highway. The light was quite low, and I was thrilled at trying out a few High ISO shots with the D3S. Here is one of them.

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Dhole, Bandipur National Park, May 2013
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Nikon D3S
Nikkor 600mm F4 VR

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher - A dream setting!!

A beautiful setting is what all of us photographers crave for, and here I happened to get just that, an image of a beautiful Tickell's Blue Flycatcher at Nandi Hills, Bangalore.

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Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Bangalore, April 2013
Equipment used:
Nikon D3S
Nikkor 600mm F4 VR
Gitzo 1325 tripod
Gitzo GH5380SQR ball head

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Takeoff - Blue-tailed Bee-eater

An image of a blue-tailed bee-eater, just before it takes off.

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A blue-tailed bee-eater prepares to take off, Bangalore, May 2013

Equipment used:
Nikon D3S
Nikkor 600mm F4 VR
Gitzo 1325 tripod
Gitzo GH5380SQR ball head

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