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18 March 2005 @ 12:35 pm
more visitors to my house...  
Today I had an Ashy Drongo pair visiting the Coral tree next to my window. I woke up at 7am and when I looked out of the window, this pair of drongos were trying to learn the call of a Shikra (a hawk which hunts other birds). They sounded bad initially and in 10 minutes they had perfected the call, courtesy of a pair of noisy nesting Shikras in a distant tree. They got so good at calling like a Shikra that if I did'nt see them doing it, I would have believed there was a Shikra around. I'm really amazed at their skills.

Magpie Robin I photographed in Bandipur or BR Hills, dont remember. But this one was an excellent singer.
Bhavanabhavanar on March 18th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
They're really pretty.
Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on March 18th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Magpie Robins are also excellent mimics - There is one in our garden which mimics Iora, Tailor bird, Myna, Bulbul and Cat calls!!

Why do your pics have this issue of variable sharpness? The previous ones I felt were a bit too sharp and these are a wee bit soft....
Yathinyathin on March 18th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
I believe it could be beacause the drongos could be slightly out of focus. the camera and lens have trouble focusing a black object.

It could also be a case of bad USM.

Dr. Tarique Sanitariquesani on March 18th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
>the camera and lens have trouble focusing a black object.
True I have been trying to get a Male Koel for some time now, it is always the leaves or the branch which catches the AF
shandeegoddess on March 20th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
I must say that your photographs are absolutely stunning. I adore the first one and the thrid one most though =D
Shandee <3
Yathinyathin on March 21st, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)