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31 August 2005 @ 10:04 am
Blue-winged parakeet  
There's been a lot of controversy regarding the naming of birds. Indian ornithologists called this bird as the Blue-winged parakeet and later people standardized the name to Malabar parakeet. Call it whatever, it remains the most beautiful of the parakeets we get here and it's endemic to the western ghats.

A male Malabar parakeet.

same picture as above. But this was the full frame.

Female and male.

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 31st, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
That darker line defining the head is most striking. What great photos.
Jayseakaredpirk on August 31st, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
they're so beautiful! that line on the head is so striking! great photos :)
Arunbirdonthewire on August 31st, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
Very pretty.
Deepakdeepix on August 31st, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
I spotted parakeet in (surprise!) K R Circle, here in Bangalore. They were flying towards Cubbon Park. Tried bird-ing in this park (or Lalbagh)?
Yathinyathin on August 31st, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
They are rose-ringed parakeets - fairly common in Bangalore. They look similar except they have a red ring round their necks a lot more greener.
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on August 31st, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
what is the difference between parrots and parakeets?

and needless to say.. lovely pictures..
Yathinyathin on August 31st, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
> what is the difference between parrots and parakeets?

Nothing much. Parakeets are just parrots with long slender tails as far as I know. :)
Pennyaellia on August 31st, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Such elegant beauty.
Thank you for showing us
vibs on August 31st, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
Excellent photos..as always.
cat_whisperer on August 31st, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! (Why are they being re-named?)
Yathinyathin on August 31st, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Hmm ... tough one. Ornithologists probably want standard names across the world, so in this case, maybe they thought blue-winged is inappropriate since it's found only in the malabar region. Again, there's a lot of controversy regarding this, so it's best to leave the fights to the ornithologists. :)
ZuZusuzan_s on August 31st, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
Lovely Malabars and, of course, great photos.
harishforuharishforu on August 31st, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Excellent Pics..I Loved It..!
Bhavanabhavanar on August 31st, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
tracie: work in progressprettyname on August 31st, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
The full frame photo is stunning!

Premnath Kudvapremkudva on September 1st, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
Not only do I admire your photo taking capibilities of nature, I also wonder how you are able to take their photos in the first place.

I mean last week my wife called me to the dining room to show me two parrots, as soon as I looked out of the window I saw two of them flying off from the branches of a custard apple tree in our back yard.

They were flying away. Meaning I need not even bother thinking of the word camera, leave alone go to the camera, swap the lens and come back.

Last month there was this kingfisher on our neighbours ledge, but just outside our kitchen. Fellow was sitting really still. So ran got the camera after swapping the lens, came back, fellow is still there, aim the camera (from inside the house) and the fellow flies away.

Even if I had got the photo, it would have been a stupid photo. Since the background was a ugly white washed wall.

Sigh! Heh!
Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Well, photography in nature is tough. Almost all nature photographers waste more than 50-60% of their shots. For beginners it could be as high as 90%. I was reading how NatGeo photographers do it, when they see a good oportunity for a photograph, they just keep clicking - hundreds of frames in a few seconds and just one of it makes it to the magzine or is said to be good enough.

Birds especially have great eyes - much sharper than our own and can even see a wider spectrum of colors! So, a camera easily looks like a gun and the moment they see you pointing, they take flight. This is especially true wih respect to raptors since they have such awesome binocular vision.

So, some photos of mine could be good, but we should keep in mind there is a good percentage of wasted not-so-good photos on my computer. :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on September 1st, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Yesterday morning there were a bunch of sun birds in our garden. I didn't even think of the camera, since they fly around so fast, it would be rather pointless trying to photograph. So just admired them and went off;-)

a camera easily looks like a gun and the moment they see you pointing
In case of those parakeets, they could read thoughts I think, they flew off without us having a good look at them.
Eppendorfseppendorfs on September 2nd, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
At the cost of sounding like a MCP, did anyone notice, that the males are way too good looking than the female species :)
Yathinyathin on September 2nd, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
It's the same case in most bird species ... the males are far more attractive. :)
Shalushalu_b on September 6th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thats only to attract the better species ;)
Nagashreenagz on September 21st, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
Damn neat
Damn neat pics, u r really an awesome photographer