Which bird is this?

#3286 Jan 18th, 2013, 13:00
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New in Aviation world

I have newly acquired a camera with 55-300 mm lens and have indulged in the beautiful world of birds.

But Being a novice in the field, I don't identify any of them except few common birds of daily life.

Hope, experts here will help me in learning a little bit. Thank you!

First of the lot is:



Second is:



Please help me in identifying them! Thanks once again!!
#3287 Jan 18th, 2013, 13:10
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The first one is a black drongo. The second one a purple heron?
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There was a conversation about Field Guides which you might be interested in on this thread http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...3/#post1530239
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Originally Posted by mikewill View Post Happy New Year everyone! Apologies for my irregular visits. Lots of other things taking up my time. Rwe - fabulous owl series!

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ps Has been a waxwing winter here in UK with some 5000 birds coming from Scandinavia. Finally ticked that one after 57 years. We had 4 in the garden about 5 years ago but V only told me later!!!
Wish you too a very Happy new year!

Curios to know what the 'waxwing winter' meant, I googled and found this image - did you mean the same bird???



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It is so beautiful!

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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post I have newly acquired a camera with 55-300 mm lens and have indulged in the beautiful world of birds.

But Being a novice in the field, I don't identify any of them except few common birds of daily life.

Hope, experts here will help me in learning a little bit. Thank you!

First of the lot is:

Please help me in identifying them! Thanks once again!!
Hi Prakaant! Congratulations on your latest acquisition, the photographs are SUPER!!

Which DSLR have you gone in for?

The birds are Black Drongo and Purple heron as rightly ID-ed by mridula. The purple heron seems to be a Juvenile - check here - OBI Photo

Waiting to see our next lot of photos!
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Hello Naveena - yes, that's the one. Stunning birds. They also have yellow marks and red bits on their wings. The red looks like drops of sealing wax, hence the name. Waxwings are not resident in the UK; they occur mainly in northern Europe. In winter they feed mainly on berries and each year a few birds visit the UK. If the berry crop is poor, or the weather particularly hard, in their European home then large numbers come across the North Sea to Britain - and that's a waxwing winter. They have been all over the place this winter and turn up in weird places - wherever there are lots of berries to eat. The ones we saw were in a motorway service area, feeding on hawthorn berries. Others were in the middle of towns, or supermarket car parks!

Here's a link to an illustration http://www.birdguides.com/species/species.asp?sp=124001

They are one of those species that everyone seems to know about. While we were watching them a lady came up and asked me what I was looking at. She was Russian, so I told her they were waxwings, said they could even be from Russia and offered her a look through my telescope. "Ah yes!" she said, "We call those chigol".

Best wishes
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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post Hi Prakaant! Congratulations on your latest acquisition, the photographs are SUPER!!
Thanks a lot for appreciating the quality of photographs! I have taken a lot of photographs but will be posting after identifying them...
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Which DSLR have you gone in for?
I have purchased Nikon D3200 Camera with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm VR Kit Lens and AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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The birds are Black Drongo and Purple heron as rightly ID-ed by mridula. The purple heron seems to be a Juvenile - check here - OBI Photo
Thanks a lot for reconfirming!
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Today morning, it was exceptionally cold. I dragged myself out of the bed and managed to go for my morning walk in SGNP. I carried along my camera as I was in no mood to walk seriously and guess what, I was rewarded with this cute birds photograph!

I think it is an Asian Brown Flycatcher! Would be happy if anybody else confirmed!

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Challakudy, Kerala, Jan 2013...

Which insect is this? (Dragonfly, damselfly...)

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Which Fruit is this?

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Challakudy, Kerala, Jan 2013...

Which insect is this? (Dragonfly, damselfly...)

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Which Fruit is this?

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Hello Nick-H, Seems like you had a 'fruitful' vacation!

I am not sure about the insect but the fruit is this?

BTW, even I had something to be identified!!

Please check out this link - Snake in SGNP 19 January 2013.. The quality of the video clip may appear poor but one adjust the youtube video quality to 480p or even more and watch in HD!

Any guesses if it appears to be a venomous snake or just a harmless water snake?
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Thanks Naveena: if only I had known that the fruit was edible!
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In the absence of knowing anything about snakes, I think it's better and safer not to take "guesses," . Nice sighting: it must have been great watching them.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Thanks Naveena: if only I had known that the fruit was edible!
I have tasted that fruit only once. It's like tasting bland watermelon - lot of water content very light fragrance cum flavor!

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In the absence of knowing anything about snakes, I think it's better and safer not to take "guesses," . Nice sighting: it must have been great watching them.
Yes, it was a great sight. Actually the snakes were swimming very close to a 'Little Cormorant' swimming & fishing in the same water and then there was this cute little Common Kingfisher, sitting on a rock just about 2 feet away and watching all the fun and in between making it's own arrangements for breakfast!

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Common Kingfisher at Sanjay Gandhi National Park - 19 January, 2013

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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post L i f e .. o f .. B i r d s : What a wonderful series it is!! Today after watching the last episode I felt a bit sad as I had exhausted my treasure but then I felt, I have the series with me forever, I can keep watching them again and again .

Here is a movie for you and all others interested in birds. .. . . . . . → Fly Away Home.
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A 13-year old girl, Amy, finds goose eggs in an abandoned nest in the back of her house in Canada. She brings them home and they hatch; geese “imprint” on the first person they see and think Amy is their mother. Well and good, but all mothers teach their young to migrate south in winter otherwise they freeze to death. Mother goose, Amy, is now faced with the difficult task of teaching her babies to migrate. ..
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Recently saw Winged Migration ( a french documentary for migratory birds ) in a friend's laptop. Just Spellbound. Here is one shot of Lesser whistling Duck in flight at Purbasthali Oxbow Lake, Burdwan.Started a thread too .
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Winged Migration is a nice movie of birds' migration world-wide. The movie has fantastic aerial footage of migratory birds. The filmmakers raised birds of several species, including storks and pelicans, from birth. The newborn birds “imprinted” on staff members, and were trained to fly along with the film crews. The birds were also exposed to the film equipment over the course of their lives to ensure that the birds would react the way the filmmakers want. Read more . . . ..
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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post Here is a movie for you and all others interested in birds. .. . . . . . → Fly Away Home.
Thanks RWe.

I have that DVD but I haven't watched it yet. Will be watching it soon!!

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Originally Posted by Paglaghora View Post Recently saw Winged Migration ( a french documentary for migratory birds ) in a friend's laptop. Just Spellbound. Here is one shot of Lesser whistling Duck in flight at Purbasthali Oxbow Lake, Burdwan.
Thanks PG. Will try to watch this, too, now that RWe has given the Youtube link!!

Well, I re-visited 'Gorai beach' yesterday morning and got to see the winter visitors, the 'Plovers', at the beach!

Found a large group of plovers still peacefully perched on the bund and waiting for the water to retreat into the sea, so that they could fly ashore and begin their daily chore.

Video Link - Plovers at Gorai beach, Maharashtra. 20 January, 2013.

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At one end of the bund was also a 'Western Reef Egret', preening and waiting along with the plovers. @RWe, have you had the opportunity to see this bird? Last year, I think you mentioned you were yet to see it!

Here is a video link for watching the 'Western reef Egret' preening.

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Can you spot me? What am I?

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Well I had thought it could be a Bittern or a pond Heron, but I am told it is a 'Little Green Heron'!!

And then another video link - Little Green Heron at Gorai beach - 20 January, 2013.

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Lesser Sand Plover!

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