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Green Avadavat - Mr. Red Lip...

Whenever we saw photo of Green Avadavat most of time its from Mount Abu. In summer of 2014 we went to Mount Abu to meet our friends Dr Nipa and Dr Divyesh. They are repeatedly telling us about Green Munia. We did some tracking at early morning. We started our search for munia in evening. While entering to the Trevor's Tank the guard informed us that we can see green munia at Oriya village. So we dropped the plan of the tank and headed towards Oriya village. We saw flock of munia foraging and calling in open field.   The green avadavat or green munia (Amandavaformosa) is a species of Estrildid finch with green and yellow on the body, a bright red bill and black "zebra stripes" on the flanks. They are endemic to the Indian subcontinent and were formerly popular as cagebirds. The name "avadavat" is a corruption of the name the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, which was a centre of bird trade. They have a restricted distribution and populations a

Nilgai - The largest Asian antelope

Nilgai - The largest Asian antelope Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar, Gujarat, India 19.10.2014 Nikon D7100 + AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED + 1.4x TC Converter, f/8, ISO 500, 1/1000, Evaluative Metering -0.3 Step. Previous                                                                                                                                               Next

Demoiselle Crane – teri ankho ka mascara…

Demoiselle Crane ( કરકરો ) is the one of beautiful bird with beautiful mascara. The Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo) is a species of crane found in central Eurasia, ranging from the Black Sea to Mongolia and North Eastern China. The birds from Asia, Mongolia and China will spend the winter in the Indian subcontinent. In Gujarat we saw them at many places but the most promising place for them in Vadla dam site situated near the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. Demoiselle Cranes gather here in large number. While returned to Patan from Ahmedabad we visited this place. Demoiselle Cranes are roosting at Vadla wetland in this season. It was evening time so all the birds from surroundings are gather here. We stayed almost two hours and during this time more n more Demoiselle Crane are kept coming along with Common Crane, Pelicans, Common Coot, Greylag Geese etc. Soon wetland is flooded with thousands of Demoiselle Cranes, it’s an amazing site. They are busy in calling,

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Yellow-eyed Babbler is one of the beautiful babbler we saw. It has yellow eye as suggested in name but for us identification point of this babbler is red color rim around eye. We saw many new birds in Patan, Yellow-eyed Babbler is one of them. While coming back to home after pick up my kid from school we saw Yellow-eyed Babbler in millet farm. It was looking great with its yellow eye. It was moving swiftly from one plant to another giving different pose. We clicked very quickly few shot. While adjusting our vehicle it fly away. 24 th August 2015 Patan, Gujarat, India Nikon D7100 AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E f/8, 1/1250, ISO- 500 Previous                                                                                                                                            Next

Mr. White-eye - Ferruginous Duck

White-eyed Pochard or Ferruginous Duck  We get news of Social Lapwings were sighted in Outskirts of Ahmedabad city. We plan to visit the place. We searched lot in that probable area of lapwings but did not get them. On the way back to home we found one small pond with Spot-billed Duck, Cotton Teal and few other duck. We went there and photograph them. But all of sudden one small duck come in our field who had white eye and look little different. That was Ferruginous Duck. It was our new lifer for the Diwali. Ferruginous Duck also known as White-eyed Pochard. Its medium-sized diving duck around 40 cm. They are Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1) list. 13 th November 2015 Outskirts of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Indai Nikon D7100 AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E f/8, 1/1600, ISO- 500 Previous                                                                                                                                              Next