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04 October 2006 @ 05:53 pm
Raptor Day!  
The wildlife week began on October 1st and as if the birds knew it, they put on a spectacular show. The day was spent birding on the outskirts of Bangalore and we saw at least 84 different species. Considering that you have around a 1000 species in India and around 300 in North America, 84 is huge. What made the day special was an awesome 11 species of raptors and we missed out on at least 4 of the regular ones. Happy wildlife week everyone and here are the pictures from that day.

Bonelli's Eagle - star of the day

Bad light (and weather) but the Bonelli's Eagle still soars

Vulture Alert. The Bonelli's Eagle does not like it...

... so attacks. The Eagle is a fairly large one by the way (it's almost 70cm in length!!), but look how big the vulture is!

A closer look at the critically endangered Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus)

V for Vulture. Superb formation flight

The formation gets even better. I'd prefer to watch these anyday to fighter plane antics! :)

The dive. Two of them swoop in perfect coordination.

End of the show. All set to land.

A vulture zooms past a rock face

A white-eyed buzzard soars

A sub-adult Shikra looking for a meal

A migrant Booted Eagle seems to be chasing away a resident Oriental Honey Buzzard.

Laughing dove. This one better be careful, there are Peregrine falcons in the area!

A young macaque eats a fruit on the banks of the Cauvery river.

Indian Jackal. My first photograph of this animal.

ZuZusuzan_s on October 4th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
WOW, WOW, WOW, fabulous photos! The markings on the Shikra are wonderful and I love the desert colors of the Laughing Dove
Yathinyathin on October 4th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Shikras are nice little raptors. There is a family of Shikras living as my neighbours for the last several years! Here's the kid they had last year:

And here's how an adult looks like (from a different place):
zhenzhizhenzhi on October 4th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
fantastic! those vulture birds are so glorious! :-)
(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Where exactly near bangalore did you go to shoot these?
Yathinyathin on October 4th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ramnagar and Kanakpura Road (and beyond Kanakpura as well)
depontideponti on October 4th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
What a treat that was! Thank you.
kejnkejn on October 4th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
god, you'd get bored in sweden! we only have about 260 species of birds. :-)
(but on the other hand, we have a lot of cute blond chicks.) ;-)
Yathinyathin on October 4th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
> we only have about 260 species of birds

Generally, I think the closer you are to the equator the more variety (number of species) of wild life. India is unique in the sense that we have deserts, the mountains (some of the tallest!), snow, the rain forests, the sea, tropical islands and almost every kind of forest and that's the reason why we have so many bird species. However, I think one of the South American countries holds the record for the maximum species. It had to be, they have the Amazon and the Andes! :)

> but on the other hand, we have a lot of cute blond chicks

but all of them belong to just another species, right? ;-)
Oh Katherineokay_oh_yeah on October 4th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
spectacular indeed.

i will setting my two feet in india soon...look forward to seeing wildlife in real life.

thanks for the pictures.
arucard2 on October 5th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
great stuff... love the shots of the vultures and eagles.

Visual treat.
funduraghu on October 6th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
Jackal near kanakpura?
Where did you picture the jackal? Near kanakpura, can you be a little specific.
As always, very beautiful pictures, liked the formation of vultures.
Yathinyathin on October 6th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Jackal near kanakpura?
> Where did you picture the jackal?

The jackal was somewhere close to Bheemeshwari.
sainath on October 7th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
beautiiiiiiiiiiiful :) Raptors have their own charm :)
just returned from Bharatpur :D and the sightings were nowhere close to what is there near blore . or may be just 3 hrs is not enuf for good sightings in Bharathpur and its not the right time probably :)
guru_kathavate on October 11th, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
Excellent Pics!!
Thanks for sharing,
By the way the birds seem to be flying too high.
which lens?
Yathinyathin on October 11th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks
> which lens?

Nikon 300mm F/4 AFS with 1.4x TC or 2x TC