We are into the third week of the nation wide lockdown and same with my series. Not all days are fruitful, sometimes activity is less, and at other times, there is nothing to make a photo appealing.
I was updating my blog on the 20th day and PM Modi announced that the lockdown will be extended until 3rd May. This adds to my dilemma on what to post everyday.
Here is the collection from week three.
It was a pleasant surprise to see a Streak-throated Woodpecker (female) land softly on a nearby tree and then at the saucer for a water break. Last week’s post had images of the male.
I spotted the melodious White-rumped Shama from my window. This shy species usually sticks to bamboo thickets but came out into the open to forage on the forest floor for worms and insects. A spot of the white rump is visible here.
Soft short whistles announce the arrival of yet another delightful species called the Yellow-browed Bulbul. Glorious morning light took this image a notch higher.
In recent times, I have noticed regular activity of the Yellow-crowned Woodpeckers. Pecking on barks of trees, drilling holes on the trunk, the male would find a tasty snack and feed the female. This one here is the male.
Last week, I posted only the tail, this time it is the full bird. Yet another vibrant species. While the name is Grey Junglefowl, this one has an astounding array of colors.
For a change, both the White-cheeked Barbets stood their ground and posed for a few seconds.
Out of nowhere, this Malabar Grey Hornbill landed, sat for a few seconds and took off. This is the male (notice the orange bill), the female has a pale coloured bill. In another sighting, I saw two Bronzed Drongo’s chasing a hornbill too. I guess expect the unexpected in the wild.
Lesser Goldenback Woodpecker male (full red crest) lands on the ground for inspection.
An interesting name given to this species…Brahminy Starling. If you notice the extensions on the black head, that is what gives the bird its name.
A female Lesser Goldenback Woodpecker (half red crest) takes a break from drilling the branch while looking for some titbits.
A purple sunbird (female) fills the spot by landing on the branch which had no pods on it. One can gauge the size of this tiny bird in comparison to the pods.
A puffed-up Jungle Myna contemplates its next move.
Yet again the barren rock has an occupant. Spotted Dove in lovely morning light.
The streak-throated woodpecker (female) latches onto a tree trunk before alighting to the nearby saucer to quench its thirst.
That concludes my three week quest to make images and post every day during the lockdown. To all my friends, family and viewers – stay safe!
All images made with Nikon D850 along with 600 F4 VR lens.