Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eurasian Thick Knee

The Stone Curlew or Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus is a northern species of the Burhinidae (stone-curlew) bird family also known as Eurasian Thick knee.
It is a medium-sized wader with a strong yellow and black beak, large yellow eyes (which give it a "reptilian", or "goggle-eyed" appearance), and cryptic plumage. The bird is striking in flight, with black and white wing markings.

Despite being classed as a wader, this species prefers dry open habitats with some bare ground. It is largely nocturnal, particularly when singing its loud wailing songs, which are reminiscent of that of curlews. Food consists of insects and other small invertebrates. It will also take small reptiles and rodents. It lays 2-3 eggs in a narrow scrape in the ground.

The stone curlew occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. It is a summer migrant in the more temperate European and Asian parts of its range, wintering in Africa.
Source- Wikipedia.
This Bird was photographed by me in Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh ,India and has been sighthed in this part after a gap of four five years as per my experienced birding friends.  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coppersmith Barbet

One summer afternoon I heard a regular 'TUK TUK' sound I wondered from where it originated.I neared a Gulmohur tree and on a branch i saw a drilled hole and could see a bird head peeping out.It took me some time to figure out which species it was and with the help of my learned facebook friends I was able to figure out it was Coppersmith Barbet.Some facts about the bird are as follows-
The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets, they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will take insects.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Video from the facebook group The return of theTiger

A moving video on the current status of Tigers in the world please help protect the Tigers for our future generations.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Purple Sunbird Photographs

Sunbirds are very beautiful birds always a delight to watch, and purple sunbird in my opinion is the most beautiful among the lot.