The flight of a black winged stilt at Chobe river, Botswana
Good morning friends. This is a lappet faced vulture or a Nubian vulture taken at Chobe national park,Botswana,Africa.It is a large bird with a heavy bald head and massive brown bill. It has mainly dark feathers and is easily identified by its bare pink head and large, fleshy lappets (folds of skin) on the sides of its neck. It has white feathers on its legs. Mainly found in Middle east and Africa.
This is a. African hawk eagle, a medium large eagle of savannah woodland. These powerful birds take francolin, guinea-fowl and mammals such as hares and Bush Hyrax. Note the feathered legs (tarsi) down to the feet -typical of all true eagles (Bateleur, Snake Eagles and buzzards all have naked tarsi).The flight shot was taken at Samburu National reserve ,Kenya
The yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis) is a large wading bird, which is most easily distinguished by its black tail and long neck. It also has a characteristic yellow bill, with red skin at its base that extends onto its face. The bill is long, blunt and slightly downward-curved, perfectly adapted for catching its prey. This shot was taken at Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National park,Uganda. It was looking to catch fish.
This is an African Jacana. It has a chestnut body, and its neck and head are white in front and black in back, with a golden yellow breast.It is not migratory, but extremely nomadic, often in connection with changing waterlevels; in wet years, birds may show up on pans, from which the species has been absent for several years.This was taken at Mabamba Bay in Uganda
On my recent trip to Mumbai, I got an opportunity to shoot flamingoes in Sewri, Mumbai. Yes Mumbai, I could hardly believe that .Went early morning by 6 am and saw this brilliant sight of flamingoes like a carpet in the bay. Well I had a Canon 5 d mark iii with a Canon 100-400 mm L IS lens and a 2x teleconverter. So all the pics you see was at 800 mm focal length. They were far. But these images could give you a perspective of the sheer number of birds sighted. Google maps have the GPS location – Sewri Flamingo point. Don’t miss this opportunity at all if you happen to go to mumbai. Its not a touristy place so no shops around to buy water too.
This shot was taken at lake Mburo ,Uganda. The challenge in taking such a shot is one has to wait patiently for the fish eagle to fly. Since they are birds of prey, they act only when there is a prey sighted.It was a beautiful weather with blue sky as the backdrop. The African Fish Eagle feeds mainly on fish, which it will swoop down upon from a perch in a tree, snatching the prey from the water with its large clawed talons. The eagle will then fly back to its perch to eat its catch. It perches with an upright posture and mostly in trees. Like other sea eagles, the African Fish Eagle has structures on its toes called spiricules that allows it to grasp fish and other slippery prey.
This is an African Spoonbill.The species is widespread across Africa and Madagascar, including Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. It lives in marshy wetlands with some open shallow water and nests in colonies in trees or reedbeds. They usually don’t share colonies with storks or herons. The African Spoonbill feeds in shallow water, and fishes for various fish,molluscs,amphibians, crustaceans,insectsand larvae.The animal uses its open bill to catch foods by swinging it from side-to-side in the water, which catches foods in its mouth. Long legs and thin, pointed toes enable it to walk easily through varying depths of water.
African fish eagles are birds of prey on the waterways of sub-Saharan Africa, noted for their distinctive and haunting call. These eagles perch on branches overlooking the water, swooping down to catch fish which are then carried back to the perch or dragged to shore if too big to carry. African fish eagles also eat birds, monkeys and even crocodile hatchlings. These efficient predators can get away with spending as little as 10 minutes a day actively hunting.