Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Birding On The Go.......

Ahh, time for World Bird Wednesday! What kind of striking birds have you got this week, folks? Well, I've got a few! The highlight of this week is a family of White-breasted Waterhen  that I came across and videoed at a small pool near a paddy field on the way to work.  There were two adults looking after three chicks, so I assume both parents of this species take care of their offspring. The chicks are coal black so you need to look carefully to make them out in the video. I took two snaps of the adults too.

                                            White-breasted Waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus

The freshly planted paddy fields these days are hosting quite a large number of birds, and  I bagged Red-wattled Lapwing, and Indian Pond Heron.
                                                                 Red-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus indicus

Indian Pond Heron,Ardeola grayii

I photographed  a Common Kingfisher at the same spot where the Waterhens were, and another on a bank of the canal.
                                                           Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

This  Cormorant( whetherLittle, Indian or Great I don't know) was by the canal too.

                                                       ? Cormorant
I saw quite a large, mixed, flock of Scaly-breasted and White-rumped Munias today near the canal too, but I only managed to capture  one Scaly-breasted Munia

                                       Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata

There was a couple of Rose-ringed Parakeets on a tree this morning by the road I use to reach our hospital, and one was very obliging.

Finally, a Purple-rumped Sunbird that I captured in a neighbor's garden. 

                                               Purple-rumped Sunbird ,Leptocoma zeylonica

A post for World Bird Wednesday.


  1. these are such treats to see - so different from what we have in the US. loved the baby water hens. how cute! and your kingfishers just amaze me with their colors!

  2. Such an exotic collection Amila.
    I love the video clips too, with all the background sounds. Almost like being there.

  3. What a great selection of size and colour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. What a lovely collection of birds.

  5. WOW, what a wonderful array of colorful and beautiful birds! Great captures!

  6. A great collection of birds. The Lapwing is especially interesting to compare with what I see out here.

  7. A great series of bird photos. Thanks for sharing!

  8. What grand birds...I love the Kingfisher, and the Lapwings--all terrific photos!!

  9. Hi there - your birds dont do too badly on the colour front either! The lap-wing looks like a close relative of the ones we get here.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  10. Love the videos! My favorite photo is the Kingfisher sitting in the water.

  11. A great selection of exotic birds. Very beautiful.

  12. Your set of pics is impressive!! I loved the Shikra last week, too.

    I've been having problems leaving comments, lately... Google is signing me out of every page that is not my home blogger page. ?!?

    Hmmm... Since i still can't log in, i'll sign this so you know who it is. :)

    - Amaris in Wonderland

  13. A staggering variety of birds here my friend. You are on top of your game! The Indian Pond heron is my favorite, a truly remarkable bird!

  14. What a great series! I loved the video with the baby chicks. Wonderful photos!

  15. Love the images of the Kingfisher - he is one of my favorite birds!

  16. Hi folks,Thanks for all the kind words!:)

  17. I don't even know where to start. You have me drooling all over my keyboard with this awesome collection!

  18. Hi Bro,

    Please start a page for environment protection and to educate ppl how the little things that they do can destroy the mother nature....Really good work..



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