Red Spurfowl - the shy one


Red Spurfowl is a bird of forests, and is quite secretive despite of its size. It has a distinctive call and is often hard to see except for a few seconds when it flushes from the undergrowth. We search for this birds from many years. We heard them lots of time, see few times and succeeded to click once or twice. Images which we have that was not satisfactory. In few images birds are so far or image are shaky.
On that day we were sitting near our favorite waterhole and waited for the small birds to come for feeding. It was a small check dam almost dried up except for this waterhole. So many birds used to come here for drink water and take waterbath. Suddenly we heard call of Red Spurfowl. We already know that several Red Spurfowls are foraging in this part of forest. We waited patiently for them. After half an hour, suddenly one pair came out from bushes, cross the dried riverbed swiftly and disappear in the bushes once again. We were so happy after seeing them and when we check the images which we clicked, we were even more delighted.
Red Spurfowl - Male
Red Spurfowl - female

Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Banaskantha, Gujarat, India
12 November 2017

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