Birds of Bheemeshwari (near Bangalore)

Bird watching was not my forte. But after a few recent trips with a photographer frined, I feel I am developing an interest in this activity. En route our trip to Bheemeshwari in July this year, I spotted a large number of not that common birds. Managed to take presentable photographs of few of them. Though my Sony DSC H50 has decent zoom, the higher zoom comes at a  price- I’ve to reduce image resolution. This is one of the moments I miss a DSLR with telephoto lens.

Sharing with you photos of a few birds clicked during this visit. Most of them were visible on the road side. I feel weather also might have contributed a little- After 2-3 days of rains, the day was sunny and birds had the compulsion to come out and get some food. Due to the noise of car’s engine, they flew from one place to another, hence identifying them was a bit easy.

I didn’t knew the names of most of them, until few friends helped me in identifying them…

Green Bee eater. I’m thankful to this one as it didn’t escape even though we were 3-4 feet away.

Green-bee-eater

Below is a brief description of Bee Eater, written by Radha Rangarajan on CLAY Blog

Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) is a common bird and can be found in various habitats like grasslands, scrub jungles and even away from water. They have vibrant colors and when perched together, they make a colorful sight. As the name suggests, Bee-eaters mainly feed on bees, wasps, ants and dragonflies. A Bee-eater repeatedly thrashes the prey on a branch to remove the sting from its prey before feeding on it.

Drongo

Drongo

Red Whiskered Bulbul and  Red vented bulbul (there’s another bird in the frame which I didn’t notice initially 😦 …)

Red Whiskered Bulbulred-vented-bulbul

Streak Woodpecker? Ram feels this might be Streak Woodpecker, while Shankara doesn’t think so. If you have a definitive answer, do comment. I waited for 10 minutes for this bird to lift its neck, but it never did. Busy searching something…

Streak Woodpecker

The Common Hoopoe and Brahminy Starling… Click to enlarge

hoopoe Brahminy Starling

White Browed Wagtail and a fox (or Jackal)…

White Browed Wagtail fox

Feels good to have captured all these birds. If we’d spent some more time, we would have got a few more…

Sourced from enidhi.net

Photos from the everest

Pondy born and Singapore based investment banker, Sandhosh Kumar, who is also a mountaineering enthusiast, is currently on Mission Everest. He is about 20 days into his 65 days expedition to climb Mount Everest, world’s highest peak.

As he climbs, he has been sharing some interesting photos and write ups with me, as I am helping him in keeping his blog and facebook pages updated with latest information about his climb, so that his friends and fans can stay updated.

For the delight of Mota Readers, I’m sharing some exciting photos of the Everest, sent by Sandhosh Kumar. For complete coverage, please check Sandhosh’s blog or his facebook page.

Day 13 – Loh La and the Ice fall at the background

Whole team at the summit of Kalapattar with Everest in the background

Day 8 – View of Ama Dablam

Sandhosh is climbing Everest in Support of the cause against Child Sexual Abuse. To support the cause, pls visit www.millionpledges.com and take a pledge against Child Sexual Abuse…