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Black bellied bustard

The word bustard (from the French word bistard) has its origin in the Latin words avis tarda meaning “slow bird”.These birds have distinctive long legs and necks which enable them to see over tall grass.
Taken at Amboseli National park, Kenya

Weaver bird

A Weaver bird just about to take off …This shot was taken at lake Mburo National park, Uganda.

Egret with elephant background

 

This is a typical sight in Chobe river, Botswana where water birds and elephants can be seen together.

 

Mother & young ones

 

A group of ostriches is a pride or a flock, and they live in small herds that typically contain less than a dozen birds. The flightless ostrich is the world’s largest bird and it is mainly found in the African savannah as well as in other selected desert lands.A young ostrich is called a chick.This is the first time I saw a flock with young ones.

Nubian vulture

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.

Freedom flight

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

Woodland kingfisher

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This bird came to wish us a happy weekend. A Woodland kingfisher sitting perched in a tree near our house. Was so excited to see such a colourful specie.
The beauty of staying in Africa. We don’t have to go and look for them. They come to you.

Yellow billed stork

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.

Jacana

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

Pink carpet

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Early morning light falling on the flamingoes

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Flamingoes looking like tiny dots

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Paradise inside a concrete jungle

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Backdrop of ships in Sewri creek

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.

The majestic flight

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.

Are we lost?

This pictures makes me think, if one white winged tern is saying the other “Are we lost from the group? Lets start a search” Taken at makanaga swamp,Uganda where they migrate from Serbia to avoid the winter there.

Scavengers

This is Rupell’s Vulture.Do you know-it is actually scavengers – not predators – that eat the majority of meat available in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.By consuming dead animals, scavengers play a key role in the environment by preventing disease outbreaks and recycling nutrients.

Vulturine guinea fowl

This is a vulturine guinea fowl from Samburu National Reserve in Kenya.Guineafowl eat seeds and invertebrates. They roost in trees at night and make their nests on the ground. Guineafowl can fly, but they are very fast runners and usually run to escape danger. Vulturine guineafowl, have brightly colored feathers around their necks and chests.