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My favourite owl - the Spotted Owlet or Athene brama - common and wide spread across Indian south of Himalayas. This picture actually got me an award - not a great shot but getting the focus right was tough and had to be done manually as the auto focussing wasn’t fast enough then
They are small owls that roost and nest in holes on trees, rocks and even buildings. And we get them at our home too. Loud guys in the night. #OwlSomeDiwali #IndiAves
Some more pictures of Spotted Owlets for an #OwlSomeDiwali - greetings to all my friends on #IndiAves and to other lesser mortals who don’t look out for birds. 🙏
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At Chhapar, a sleepy village 4 hours from Jaipur, life for the birds is high energy and high stress. A constant battle for survival. This black-winged kite flew from a distant perch to come close to me. He was carrying a skink. Sequence follows.
#IndiAves #TwitterNatureCommunity
Choosing the safe perch of the moment.
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Yesterday's got a leucistic Jungle Babbler @ Ayodhya #IndiAves
In leucistic birds, affected plumage lacks melanin pigment due to the cells responsible for melanin production being absent. #birdwatching #nature #BirdsSeenIn2021 #BBCWildlifePOTD @Avibase @ThePhotoHour
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This results in a white feathers, unless the normal plumage colour also comprises carotenoids (e.g. yellows), which remain unaffected by the condition. Although leucism is inherited, the extent and positioning of the white colouration
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can vary between adults and their young, and can also skip generations if leucistic genes are recessive.
The reduction of pigment in leucistic birds causes feathers to weaken and be more prone to wear.
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On #WorldTourismDay let me tell you about my favourite place on this planet - the area of the three lakes in Ranthambhore national park. It’s a stunning place. I will take a few minutes of your time but it may brighten up your day. 🙏
#ThePhotoHour Image
The overall backdrop is stunning because of a plus 1000 years old UNESCO World Heritage site Hill fort from which the park gets it name. It’s just too imposing. #Rajasthan Image
There are lots of pretty places but few where our countries glorious ancient past mixes with raw nature is such a mind blowing manner. Hundreds of years ago people actually prayed in this mosque. Monuments here are a classic mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture #IncredibleIndia Image
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Pictures of common birds from a tiny sanctuary that we call home. We bought a barren piece of land to build our house on and are slowly trying to turn it into a mini sanctuary. All these pictures are from within our compound. #IndiAves #TribeIndiAves
It’s easy to do and great fun. Every new species that we see is a ‘major discovery’ for us
It soon becomes a pretty cool outdoor studio for lazy blokes like me. No carrying heavy equipment over rough tracks cause we can shoot with a beer glass in one hand. Makes life easier
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53. Dug up this old thread, will continue some posts for #TitliTuesday on this to collate pics and info at one place

GREAT MORMON(Papilio memnon)....4 forms of the male and 9 of the female is seen, this is the typical male form 'agenor' , N.E India #Indiaves ImageImage
53. GREAT MORMON continued... This is the tailed female form 'alcanor', N.E India #Titlituesday @IndiAves ImageImage
Couple of Rare Nymphalids now

54. Chocolate Jungle Queen ( Stichophthalma nourmahal )Even in a tattered state in the dark underbrush this one was a stunner( Well it does belong to the Morphinae subfamily, same as the stunning new world Morpho butterflies!) #butterfliesofIndia Image
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White-rumped Snowfinch (Onychostruthus taczanowskii) is one of the two species of Snowfinches that can be seen reliably in India only in the Tibetan Plateau region of North Sikkim, generally above 4500 meters (the other being Rufous-necked Snowfinch)
White-rumped Snowfinch associate very strongly with Black-lipped Pika or Plateau Pika , the most abundant mammal in this cold desert. Their burrows are used for nesting and also used for roosting, particularly by the juveniles.
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Here is a Ground Tit, alongside a yak dung pat, from the cold plateau around Gurudongmar, North Sikkim.
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#IndiAves #birds #nature #NaturePhotography #birdwatching #birding #Luv4Wilds #WaytoWild #WorldofWilds #IndiWild
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Dung of large herbivores, particularly that of Domestic Yak has an important place in the grassland ecology of this high plateau. Dungs increases the abundance of arthropods particularly the larvae of coleopteran beetles which are consumed by a number of species of birds.
Many birds are often found close to areas with an abundance of dung pats. Ground Tits have long and curved beaks to probe into the dung pats and the soil around it for insects.
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A Chinese ink and brush painting thread on the birds of the Indian Subcontinent... All the inkwork is by yours truly of course!
1. Sarus cranes, the tallest of the flying birds a symbol of marital fidelity
Chalat musafir moh Liya re pinjre wali muniya!..... More enchanting( mohifying) when free !
2. Red Avadavat or the Red Munia
My favouritest of the 'common birds' from the subcontinent , endearing chatterboxes😊
3. Red -whiskered Bulbul
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My #BirdsWithTalons long #Thread from Delhi. Seeing raptors around Delhi is a Joy. Each sighting is unique but not always gr8 wrt #photograghy

On a good day, they can be found up close
Black-winged kite & White-Eyed buzzard
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#birdwatching #birds
And there are days when they surprise me by visiting the fig tree just outside my house -like this Shikra which I clicked from my balcony.
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#BirdsSeenIn2021 #birds #birdwatching #thePhotohour #birdphotography #NaturePhotography
But on some other days(should I call them bad days?) they are quite far. Like this Grey-headed fish eagle from Okhla & the Short-toed snake eagle from Mangar.

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#BirdsSeenIn2021 #birds #birdwatching #thePhotohour #birdphotography #NaturePhotography
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The huge Peacock had adopted our house as his territory ! He sensed that human tenants on his territory were nice ! They would offer wheat and and other tidbits to eat !
He also brought along his harem of around 5 peahens ! (1/3)
His active love-life eventually bore fruits! Umm...rather, bore eggs .
One of the hens chose the leaf-covered top of a large crate to lay eggs on ! Here she is seen sitting on the eggs!
My family waited patiently for days to see the chicks come out ! (2/3) ImageImage
Alas, no chicks came out ! And one fine day, dictated by instinct, she finally abandoned the eggs !
Here is the pic of the abandoned 'nest', if I may call it so ! 😥😢(3/3) Image
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Almost all wild cats are ‘ambush hunters’ and #Camouflage is really important to them. I would have never spotted this leopard if he did not turn his head to look towards us

- a photo thread for #IndiAves
Same here. If this Caracal had not moved her head to show her gorgeous ‘tufted ears’ my guide would have never spotted her.
Name: सिया or Ink - गोश or ears : to make सियागोश in Hindi, their name
We had spotted this Jungle cat entering this patch of short grass and then totally lost her till she came out in the open. We are good at spotting wildlife, really good but this one played with us.
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This beautiful collection of owls found in #IndianSubcontinent, created from his own pictures by @KamleshMirkale

#birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #IndianBirds #IndiAves #nature #BirdTwitter #PhotoOfTheDay #owls
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(Please read & View from left to right – Row-wise)
Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia) – Tinsukia, Assam
2. Serendib Scops-Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni) – Sri Lanka.
3. Sri Lanka Bay Owl (Phodilus assimilis) - Thattekad, Kerla
4. Andaman Barn Owl (Tyto deroepstorffi) - A&N
5. Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl (Bubo nipalensis) – Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
6. Oriental Bay Owl (Phodilus badius) - Dehing Patkai, Assam
7. Andaman Scops Owl (Otus balli) - Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
8. Mountain Scops Owl ((Otus spilocephalus) – Tinsukhiya, Assam
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Asian Barred owlet #Thread

I have photographed (shared earlier here) a pair of Asian barred owlet earlier last month which I found in the backyard of my home in Assam in my recent visit in April.

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Today, my bother called me in the morning and told me that he found a chick at the bottom of a tree with a large hole. I ID the bird and he managed a bamboo 🪜 to place the chick in the hole. He noticed 2 more chicks there.

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While doing so he was attacked by one the parents. The hole was little wide at its mouth so we concluded that the chick came out of its own while crawling inside the hole.

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Pale Blue Dot or Blue Marble
In words of Carl Sagan-
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human who ever was, lived out their lives...1/7
#IndiAves #EarthDay #EarthIsBeautiful
The aggregate of our joy & suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, & economic doctrines, every hunter & forager, every hero & coward, every creator & destroyer of civilization, every king & peasant, every couple in love, every mother & father, hopeful child.. 2/7
... inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam... 3/7
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Ranveer Singh as Indian Birds 😉😉😉🙈
I like this guy, hence the effort.
(Images are not mine)

1. Himalayan Monal
#birds #IndiAves #fun #RanveerSingh #Ranveer #Bollywood #thursdayvibes ImageImage
2. Black Hooded Oriole

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Rose ringed Parakeet ImageImageImage
Spotted necked Dove Image
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This bird, most probably, Tailor Bird, got tired that birders are not coming over to their sites. So, they have started coming over to our home!!! They have been visiting on a regular basis. @goldsant @ChandrakalaRat7 @prasanu202 @pnkjshm @pankajsinghPHO - Please confirm the id!
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The stuff of legend. Discovered on the way to a birding trip in Chopta.

The Leopard of Rudraprayag was a man-eater, notorious for having killed over 125 people.
The first victim of the leopard was from Benji village in 1918. For the next 8 years, village folk and townspeople alike were terrified of venturing alone at night on the road between the shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath, for it passed through the leopard's territory.
Cunning and ferocious, the leopard would break down doors, leap through windows, claw through the mud walls of huts and drag occupants out before devouring them. According to official records, the leopard killed over 125 people.The unofficial toll is probably higher.
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