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#151 Nov 17th, 2009, 02:43
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I found the beak of kingfisher the other day (cat victim, I guess). You should just see the teeth! I wouldn't like to be a lizard anywhere near one of those! scary!

Feral cats, of course, also come under the have-to-eat heading, but I doubt if either of us have much time for domestics that still hunt for fun --- even if they are our own.
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yes, this is neighbor's cat, not feral....I feed the birds, try to attract all types, and I'm not setting a table of free food for my neighbor's fat cat! (and you know I like cats!)
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Its an amazing bird. But Nick, I have a different experience of its nest making. I had some Ashoka trees outside the house where this bird used to make nest every year (on alternate trees, wonder why ). The intriguing part was that it used to take out the spider web and stick the leaves together, not stitch them. And it was impossible for anyone to even get the hint of the nest. I had my bedroom window opening towards the tree so I watched this bird for hours as it made nest, gave eggs and its offsprings where out for the first time. Awesome!!
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Mridula ,Looks like blackcap (female) to me.

Nick, just to increase the jealousy, will tell another beautiful incident
There was another small bird that made nest on a tree outside the house. The nest was about 5 feet from ground, which was unusual. It was monsoons time and the rains were heavy so I covered the nest with a small sheet so that the water does not destroy the nest. One day in the morning I saw that the eggs had hatched and to my surprise, the bird couple came and sat on a branch feeding the little one, without even bothering that I was watching and so close to nest. One night I heard loud bird sound close to my window. The same birds were flapping wings and shouting. The moment I came out, they flew towards the nest and I saw a cat sitting below the tree. I shooed away the cat and after that whenever the cat came, the birds would come to my window and shout. One day when I heard the shout very early morning and thought that the cat had come again, to my surprise, the small babies had left the nest and were on the creeper enjoying themselves. The parents were happy and perhaps wanted me to see the kids . For three days the kids just stayed on the creeper and practised flying and on fourth day became a full fledged bird and flew away.

Snonymous, looks like a Goshawk kid and nick is right about it being better off away from small birds..

Mridula, we must have a part of royalty if you publish a book on birds...
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Jitu, Nick and Sama thanks for the stories. Jitu the way people click birds there would not be a book from me with my blurred pictures! But in my blog I have decided to include a thanks note with every bird image. And that is a heartfelt thanks too.

And now bird photography will take a back seat as I would be traveling in all probablity the coming weekend.

Arun at my blog suggest that the last bird I posted is an Indian Silverbill and the match looks much more close. What do you folks say?
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Don't forget to photograph the British birds: there are some real beauties. They outdo the Indian birds on beauty of song too!
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Nick which is the best time to photograph them in winter? Do they hide in winters?
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Jitu, Sama, thanks for the suggestions. From image searches it seems more like a kestrel but I cant make out, will look through my books later.

Great experiences Jitu, I had some too with tailor birds and RV Bulbuls.

This is an interesting thread you started Mridula.
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Snonymous I started this thread I bought a zoom lens I started looking out for birds and yet my knowledge about them being zilch, I had to start somewhere.

And this is the result. I too thoroughly enjoy this thread.
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Originally Posted by mridula View Post Nick which is the best time to photograph them in winter? Do they hide in winters?
I started getting interested in birds since I came here!

But no, they don't hide in winter, in fact they may be feeling hungry, so somebody's garden where they keep a bird table might be a very good place!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Don't forget to photograph the British birds: there are some real beauties. They outdo the Indian birds on beauty of song too!
Tried many times but had a black eye even before I could ask them to sing. Now, coming to actual birds.....
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post it seems more like a kestrel but I cant make out, will look through my books later.

the head reminded me of the American Kestral, but your friend is a bit larger...I saved a kestral once and fed it ground meat until I took it the zoo in chicago....such little cuties....
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such little cuties....
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Is this also an Indian Pond Heron.

Invisible bird again. I am not able to upload the file. Maybe some other time.
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post the head reminded me of the American Kestral, but your friend is a bit larger...I saved a kestral once and fed it ground meat until I took it the zoo in chicago....such little cuties....
It looks quite a bit like a female kestrel from the description and plate in The Book of Indian Birds by Dr Salim Ali, perhaps juvenile. Well, whoever he was, he was cute and Im glad he came by.
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post It looks quite a bit like a female kestrel from the description and plate in The Book of Indian Birds by Dr Salim Ali, perhaps juvenile. Well, whoever he was, he was cute and Im glad he came by.
Your bird (photo attached) is a juvenile Shikra.

It could be confused for the sleeker Common Kestrel.

Listen to the call of Shikra.
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