Sunday, 18 January, 2009

Sunderbands 4: Flying the Good Times

This place is known for rare birds, and loads of them. The most common one being Kingfishers. There are 7 different species of Kingfishers. It being the migratory season, the Black Capped Kingfisher, originally from western coastal India was spotted in abundance.
Besides Kingfishers I saw a huge Ajudunct Stork, free wheeling over head like a mini helicopter , Brown Winged Kingfisher, actually gorgeous gold with a flaming red beak, Great Egrets looking like flying swans and the best of all, a White Bellied Sea Eagle performance. The Eagle deserves a post of it's own, as do several other creatures. I admit, there is going to be an OVERKILL of Sunderban posts. I admit, I admit.
Oh and you Must click on the pictures, these are way to tiny to enjoy the dramatic colours of the Kingfisher. Black head, bright blue wings, white ringed neck and a burst of orange in the front topped by a red beak. It streaks over the water like a technicolour blur. Above is a Collerd Kingfisher, below, a Black-Hooded Oriole and the last one, perched all poised and elegant, a Ringed Dove. This stark bird is the Great Egret, it is the largest Egret in the world, grows upto 1m in height and can live upto 23 years!. Closer to cities we usually see it's common counter part, the cattle egret. In the Sunderbans you see their curved snowy forms dotted on both sides of the river, suddenly dipping into the water with great orange beaks.


Ankit said...

love the pics !!

Ashish said...

cool pics