Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rose Ringed Parakeet - India

Rose Ringed Parakeet, originally uploaded by Michael A. Nelson.

This is a favorite of mine. I love the morning light. I was in a park in Bangalore just when the sun was rising. It was a little scary at first as there were a few roaming dogs around that didn't look that friendly however more people started arriving and I was feeling safer by the minute so I could get back to serious birding.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

White Browed Wagtail - India

White Browed Fantail, originally uploaded by Michael A. Nelson.

In the same bird sanctuary (Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary near Mysore) I captured this photograph of the White Browed Wagtail. So many of the birds at the Sanctuary were large storks. I am surprised I was able to notice this much smaller bird.

It was a very hot day with bright sun. I would have preferred to be there earlier in the morning to get better light however I was very happy to be at such a wonderful location.

As you can see from this photograph the White-browed Wagtail is insectivorous, and often fans its tail as it moves through the undergrowth.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Painted Stork - India

Painted Stork, originally uploaded by Michael A. Nelson.

Well I think its time to cover some photographs from my India trip. This picture was taken in Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary near Mysore in Southern India. We were on a small raft with many kinds of birds all around us on small Islands nesting. I will post more from this incredible area over the next few weeks.

This photograph is of the Painted Stork. It is a tropical species which breeds in Asia from India and Sri Lanka to southeast Asia. This is one of my favorites. It was a very hot and humid day and catching the stork drinking water was very lucky.