Birds from Jagatsukh, Himachal Pradesh

by Mridula on April 4, 2013

in Birds,Canon D550,himachal pradesh,India,Photography

There was a time when I constantly posted birds on my blog. Then over a few years I clicked all that I could in the neighborhood. I still get excited about birds but only if I see new ones or if I think I will really get a good shot.

This time when I was at Jagatsukh I managed to click some familiar and some new birds and I am quite excited about my sightings. So here I go.

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

This was right at our hosts home at Jagatsukh. And there were so many house sparrows all around their place living in these hollows. They would keep visiting the Apple and the Apricot trees! It was such a pleasure to listen to their chirping all day long!

Russet Sparrow

Russet Sparrow

Initially I didn’t pay much attention to the Russet Sparrows. I somehow thought they were better looking house sparrows. It took a day for me to figure out that they were Russet Sparrows and not house sparrows. And then I started chasing them and they would sit only behind a lot of leaves and trees. In the end this was the best I could manage!

Streaked Laughingthrush

Streaked Laughingthrush

Then on the last day of my stay I woke up at dawn and went out for a walk. There was no traffic on the road yet and birds were perching on the tress next to the road. Like this Streaked Laughingthrush who was busy collecting material for the nest.

Verditer Flycatcher

Verditer Flycatcher

But the best was this Verditer Flycatcher. I was standing by the road and clicking landscapes. So I had the kit lens on the camera. And there came this lovely blue bird and sat on a clear branch. I told myself it was worth trying to change the lens then and there. So I took down my shoulder bag, opened it, then opened the kit lens. Then I fixed the 75-300 zoom, kept the kit lens in the bag and the bird was still waiting patiently right there! I could not believe my luck! I managed to click at least 5 shots before the bird decided enough was enough!

After an hour or so the traffic on the road started and the birds were no longer coming to the tress next to the road even though I could still hear them!

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desi Traveler April 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Beautiful lively pictures, the birds from hills are so different from the ones we find in planes.

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desi Traveler April 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Beautiful birds, they are so different from ones we see in planes of India…

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Vishal Rathod April 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Lovely captures

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Shaivi Sharma April 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Awesome. I like the Flycatcher pic.

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Debopam Banerjee April 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Nicely done……….

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Anuradha Shankar April 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

lovely captures, Mridula..havent ever seen a russet sparrow earlier. and the verditer capture was a lucky one! i have seen the bird a number of times, but it has never stayed at one place long enough for me to click! you were really lucky!

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qaminante April 5, 2013 at 3:13 am

What a gorgeous blue bird. I saw a lilac-breasted roller in Zimbabwe last year, but was not fast enough to photograph it! Heres someone else’s photo: http://fess67.smugmug.com/Animals/Birds/21190357_FLWkdr/2230596536_JCMWts8#!i=2230596536&k=JCMWts8

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Niranjan April 5, 2013 at 12:15 am

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