Chestnut headed bee eater

Chestnut headed bee-eater is a resident breeder of Indian Sub-continent. This species is richly coloured. This photograph was shot in Tattekad , Kerala.

Chestnut headed bee eater

Sun bathing Snake Bird

The Darters or the Snakebirds are water birds , they feed mainly on mid-sized fishes and other aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates.These birds typically inhabit fresh water lakes, rivers , swamps etc.Darter Bird

Ceylon Frogmouths – A perfect camouflage

Ceylon Frogmouth_Prasad hegde

Ceylon Frogmouth or Sri-lankan Frogmouths are found in the western ghats of South India and Sri Lanka. They are nocturnal birds and are found in forest habitats. Frogmouths generally roost on the branches in the forest, their habitat is dense tropical forest, these birds resemble dried leaves making them extremely difficult to locate.

This picture was shot at Tattekad (Kotthamangalam forest area), 80 kms from Cochin, India. I found it extremely challenging to photograph these birds mainly because of the low light condition and the birds look like dried leaves! A tripod or a monopod comes handy to photograph frogmouths or one should have a wide open aperture (low aperture lens). This was shot handheld at 1/25 shutter speed and f5.6 with a 1600 ISO.

Red Spurfowl

Red Spurfowl
The Red Spurfowl is a member of the pheasant family and is endemic to India. It is a bird of forests, and is quite secretive despite its size. It has a distinctive call and is often hard to see except for a few seconds when it flushes from the undergrowth. The legs of both males and females have one or two spurs, which give them their name.