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Greater Coucal – Mr. Lazy flier

They are large, crow-like bird with a long tail and shiny coppery brown wings, found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. Therefore, it’s difficult to get the flight shot of this bird and also we saw many roadside accidents of this bird while crossing busy road. We saw many times dead body of Greater Coucal over road due to these unfortunate accidents. We frequently visited Narmada canal at Dharpur, Patan for bird photography. It is comparatively large canal full of flowing water so if any bird wants to cross it than it has to fly. Due to that we get chance to the click this bird in flight. Finally, we got the photo of Mr Lazy Flier in flight. 22 nd April 2015  Patan, Gujarat, India Nikon D7100 AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E f/8, 1/2000,iso-500 Prev

Banded Racer

ઘઉંલો We went to Little Rann of Kutch for bird photography. We are doing bird photography in Tundi area   and all n sudden I saw one snake. It was first time I saw snake in LRK so I am very excited, it was so camouflage as my friends can’t see them. I tried to make them see many times, but every time they had some difficulty to locate and after a hike they   finally saw the snake. It's moving towards the lake to drink water may be. Our guide afraids of snakes and even we also. After coming back to home and uploading   to social media, I get to know its name, it is Banded Racer and not venomous snake found in Gujarat. 2nd Febuary 2014  Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India Nikon D7100 AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E f/7.1, 1/1250,iso-200 Previous                                                                                                                                  Next

Oriental Honey Buzzard – honey stealer

While going towards the Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary we always take short cut for the Sidhapur. It was single lane road and pass through three villages. We see many birds in this area whenever we get chance to go there for birding. We were passing by a stable of buffalo situated just beside the road. After passing out we thought that we saw one raptor perched on tree. We decided to turn back and have a quick look. Is Oriental Honey Buzzard perched on open branch? It has small crest so we are confused about its id. Till that date we did not see the Changeable- hawk Eagle so we thought that its might be Changeable- hawk Eagle. But after closer examination we just know that it is dark morph of Oriental Honey Buzzard. It's also known as Crested Honey Buzzard. The Crested honey buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. This species is also known as the Or

Golden Jackal

“The jackal the sharpest among beasts, the crow among birds, and the barber among men. “-Anonymous. f/8,1/2500.iso-1250 Whenever we visiti Ahmedabad its late evening when we reached in outskirt of city. So we prefer countryside road which still has little wild life opposite to the busy direct road which take us to Ahmedabad fast. In monsoon evenings mostly bird activity are less or we can’t able to locate them due to greens. On that lucky day we saw group of 5 to 8 Golden Jackals. It was their normal habitat. They are mostly seen in group half hidden in green-grass. They look cool in green colour background.     Once we try to find the Golden jackal in night. We can trace them in moonlight only because of their communal calling. It reveals their location but did not succeed in photography. In this video you can hear their calling. The vocalisations of the golden jackal are similar to those of the domestic dog, though more "plaintive". Its howl consists of