Friday, 28 February 2014

White-cheeked Barbet or Small Green Barbet - Megalaima Viridis

We hear the calls of White-Cheeked Barbet throughout the day. The Barbets flew from one tree to another at our garden and our neighbourhood. Sometimes these birds sit on buildings for a brief while. They live with other birds such as Bulbuls, Mynas, Pigeons, Crows, Parakeets, Kites, and so on. It's fun to quietly observe the White-Cheeked Barbets. I've had difficulty in getting a good photo of a still Barbet. Oh, they are active birds, refusing to sit tight at one place!

During afternoons, say by 3.30ish pm (IST), when I sit out at our terrace, I can see the White-Cheeked Barbets explore our Neem tree, Mango tree, and Christmas tree. I've counted about eight White-Cheeked Barbets; not sure if they are unique ones. I've to learn to identify uniquely the Barbets.

Yes, the White-Cheeked Barbets can be loud. Their pucock/kutroo call goes on the entire day. Well, they can also be quiet especially when exploring something. Slightest disturbance can cause these birds to take flight. Oh, the Barbets observe my cats-kitten and me when we sit out on terrace or play!

Happy weekend!


Friday, 21 February 2014

A few birds that visit our garden

Photo collage of a few birds that visit/reside at our garden/neighborhood :)
Top row: Barn Owl, Red-Whiskered Bulbul, Black Kite
Bottom row: Indian Golden Oriole, Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Female), and Spotted Dove

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Indian Golden Oriole - Oriolus Kundoo

Our garden attracts a lot of birds. These birds have become a part of our lives, and they tend to be comfortable with us around. When I work at our gardens (terrace and land), the birds don't mind me; they continue their business. Our mornings and evenings are filled with melodies from different birds. During Spring, throughout the day, we can hear their melodies. I enjoy capturing them through my eyes, and most of the times, I put my camera away.
Today, there was a surprise in store for me. I was photographing our little kitten, and oh, I see birds sitting close to our porch. Silently, I opened the door, and went out to get a closer look of the bird. Ah, it was the Indian Golden Oriole! Oh my God, what a Saturday Surprise! I clicked a photo of this lovely bird.
The bird neatly camouflaged with the dried leaves of our Neem tree. The lovely golden color of the dried Neem leaves and the golden color of the bird were amazing. The pale Red bill and the Black eye stripe (looks like eyeliner) made the bird look glamorous. I think this bird is a female; please correct me if wrong.

Growing a garden and nurturing it has benefits beyond imagination. Isn't it?
I am a happy person, indeed!
Indian Golden Oriole sitting on Neem tree