DigitalFrescos Photography
May 15
Changeable hawk-eagle – Attitude
The stare , the look and attitude of a bold raptor, that’s what we saw with this individual. As with the tradition whenever we have seen a CHE perched in the open like this we have always spotted a tiger next. We did see the tiger tank female’s cubs after seeing this individual :-). A medium sized raptor that is seen in the southern and southeast Asian forests. This prefers well wooded areas sitting in the open branches under the forest canopy scanning for prey. The reason for the name changeable is because the occurrence of more than one form / morph of the bird. This eagle feeds on a variety of prey that includes birds, mammals, snakes and lizards. One of the most widespread and common Asiatic hawk-eagle species, their status is classified as least concern by IUCN.
May 15
Changeable hawk-eagle, Kabini
  Changeable hawk-eagle, a medium sized raptor that is seen in the southern and southeast Asian forests. This prefers well wooded areas sitting in the open branches under the forest canopy scanning for prey. The reason for the name changeable is because the occurrence of more than one form / morph of the bird. This eagle feeds on a variety of prey that includes birds, mammals, snakes and lizards. One of the most widespread and common Asiatic hawk-eagle species, their status is classified as least concern by IUCN
May 15
Great egret – Large white heron
As the name implied the great egret is a large white heron. The distinguishing feature of the great egret is the yellow beak, black legs. During breeding season as with other waders, egrets there is a small display feathers that are grown. A small part is seen on this picture too. Their diet is predominantly fishes, frogs and small mammals. The species is classified as least concern by IUCN.
Asian open bill
The greyish white stubby stork with black wings is found across the southeast Asia and India. A large wader which feeds mainly on Snails, you can observe a shell of the snail right next to the bird. These storks have a small gap in their beak – between the upper and lower beak which is also curved. This is a key adaptation because of the nature of their prey – Snails. When the eggs hatch and the young ones arrive they do not have the gap in their beak, it is an adaptation that is made as they grow. This bird is classified as least concern by IUCN.
Indian scops owl
The Indian scops owl commonly found in the Indian forests. It has small tufts on its head looking like ears. This is a small owl and is found across the Indian sub continent. A nocturnal insect feeder we were happy to see this pair in by a tree hole next to the track. The two were perched in the tree hole made it look like a family in a condo with one on each deck.
May 15
Myna – Southern hill myna
Myna is also known as Mynah. This is jet black bird with yellow and orange beak with some yellow wattles in the sides. It belongs to the starling family and is a resident of the hill region and consequently the name. In the wild myna is not known for mimicry but as a pet / caged bird these are known to imitate other bird sounds, humans and sometimes even whistle. These feed on berries, figs and seeds from a variety of trees and shrubs. The hill myna usually spends time together in a flock. Although the population is getting lesser the bird is classified as least concern as per IUCN.  
May 15
Indian Fox- Bengal Fox
  The fox is a omnivore belonging to the dog family and is smaller than a wild dog. There are 37 species of foxes found in the wild across the world. The true foxes that belong to the vulpes genus and there are about 12 of them. The foxes in many cultures and mythology are associated with cunning, deceit and trickery. The fable of Fox and the Grapes is an example of this when rather than admitting defeat of not being able to reach for the grapes, the Fox calls it sour / unripe grapes. As you could see in this image foxes have vertical pupils much like cats while dogs have rounded pupils. Another interesting fact about fox is that it can retract its claws like a cat. Close  
May 15
Indian Fox
The Bengal fox is seen here with a feed, a chicken. The fox has long pointy ears and a bushy tail. The fox as it was feeding allowed us pretty close and that meant that with a 500mm on a D500 it was a little too tight framing. To make the composition work I have not included a small part of the tail in the frame. Apart from birds fox feeds on rodents, reptiles, insects and fruits too. The Indian fox or the Bengal fox is endemic to the Indian subcontinent, it is classified as least concern as per IUCN. The diminishing habitat – grasslands and semi arid plains. This species avoids the forests and area where it is difficult to dig a den. Close
May 15
Eurasian Cuckoo – hepatic female, Bangalore
  Hepatic-morph cuckoo also refers to the red-brown coloration and this coloration is mostly on the female birds. A passage migrant through Asia, winters in Africa. The cuckoos are brood parasites – which rely on other birds to raise their young. They lay their eggs parasitically along with other birds egg in the nest by pushing out one of the hosts egg from the nest. As the egg hatches it is raised by the other bird as their own. Cuckoo also evolves to lay eggs that imitate the hosts egg. As the cuckoo egg hatches it pushes out the host birds eggs or if the hosts eggs already hatched it pushes out the chick of the host. The bird is generally found in the open land, feeding on insects and caterpillars.
May 15
Eurasian Cuckoo – male, Bangalore
A passage migrant through Asia, winters in Africa. The male eurasian cuckoo looks like sparrowhawk and this helps in protecting while the female lays eggs. The cuckoos are brood parasites – which rely on other birds to raise their young. They lay their eggs parasitically along with other birds egg in the nest by pushing out one of the hosts egg from the nest. As the egg hatches it is raised by the other bird as their own. Cuckoo also evolves to lay eggs that imitate the hosts egg. The bird is generally found in the open land, feeding on insects and caterpillars. Close
May 15
Eurasian Cuckoo – male, Bangalore
A passage migrant through Asia, winters in Africa. The male eurasian cuckoo looks like sparrowhawk and this helps in protecting while the female lays eggs. The cuckoos are brood parasites – which rely on other birds to raise their young. They lay their eggs parasitically along with other birds egg in the nest by pushing out one of the hosts egg from the nest. As the egg hatches it is raised by the other bird as their own. Cuckoo also evolves to lay eggs that imitate the hosts egg. The bird is generally found in the open land, feeding on insects and caterpillars. Close
May 15
Red-Munia-Male
    A cute sparrow sized bird that is found in the open fields and grass lands across Asia especially near water. The name of the Genus this bird, Red-Munia belongs to is derived from the city of Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state in India. The birds mainly feeds on grass seeds. You will easily observe a flock of these birds together and once in a while they do perch around and give you a split second opportunity frame them. The male bird wears the bright red plumage during the breeding time which is usually around the monsoon times. In areas around Bangalore it has been observed to have this plumage during October – November. Another interesting fact is that after the breeding time the beak of the bird changes colors and it becomes black when the summer arrives. These are popular cage birds because of the lovely colorful plumage the male bird has during the breeding season. The male also looks pretty much like the female when not in breeding season. Close
May 12
Red-Munia-Male
  A cute sparrow sized bird that is found in the open fields and grass lands across Asia especially near water. The name of the Genus this bird belongs to is derived from the city of Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat state in India. The birds mainly feeds on grass seeds. You will easily observe a flock of these birds together and once in a while they do perch around and give you a split second opportunity frame them. The male bird wears the bright red plumage during the breeding time which is usually around the monsoon times. In areas around Bangalore it has been observed to have this plumage during October – November. Another interesting fact is that after the breeding time the beak of the bird changes colors and it becomes black when the summer arrives. These are popular cage birds because of the lovely colorful plumage the male bird has during the breeding season. The male also looks pretty much like the female when not in breeding season.   Red Avadavat