Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Long legged Buzzard


 FOUND NEAR yamuna floodplain JAN 2017
This is one of the largest species of Buteo. Length can range from 50 to 66 cm (20 to 26 in) and wingspan from 115 to 160 cm (45 to 63 in). Females, at an average mass of 1.3 kg (2.9 lb), are larger than males, at an average of 1.1 kg (2.4 lb).[2][3] There are many different colour forms, but usually long-leggeds have a clear orange tint to the plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white underwings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to the wing. The rump and "trousers" are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark ones. Some plumages are almost similar to those of the steppe buzzard, the eastern subspecies of the common buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus), but long-legged buzzards have longer wings and are more like rough-legged buzzards or even a small Aquila eagle.[2][3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It inhabits dry open plains of northern Africa, southeastern Europe, west and central Asia east to China, and across central India. Recent sightings indicate that there is a small population in the Apulian region of south-eastern Italy. Open, uncultivated areas, with high bushes, trees, cliffs or hillocks are favoured as nesting areas. Younger birds disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe. The breeding population in Greece is around 60 pairs.[4]
Reforestation in the Judean Mountains in Israel is displacing populations of the long-legged buzzard, and the species is moving into the Judean Foothills and competing with the short-toed snake eagle there.[5]

Feeding[edit]

It feeds mostly on small rodents, although it will also take lizards, snakes, small birds and large insect.                                                                                                                                                                                                 REF==== WIKIPEDIA

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lessar white throted Warbler



Unlike many typical warblers, the sexes are almost identical. This is a small species with a grey back, whitish underparts, a grey head with a darker "bandit mask" through the eyes and a white throat. It is slightly smaller than the whitethroat, and lacks the chestnut wings and uniform head-face color of that species. The lesser whitethroat's song is a fast and rattling sequence of tet or che calls, quite different from the whitethroat's scolding song.
Like most "warblers", it is insectivorous, but will also take berries and other soft fruit. This is a bird of fairly open country and cultivation, with large bushes for nesting and some trees.        REF===== wikipedia          
Photo == Jan Aravali Bio diversity Park Delhi

Friday, December 30, 2016

Long Tailed Minivet



 Long Tailed Minivet --- I never imagined that one Good Morning I will see this bird in Delhi ,which is normally find in Jungle or Himalayan range or Woody areas, suddenly saw in Ridge Area , Central Delhi. A flock of Six to Eight but could not locate the Male (Red) Minivet. Captured in Camera The Female Minivet for Viewers and Bird-watchers  ==== Dec 2016,   A happy New Year To all, Keep smiling and see more beauty of nature.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Common Rose Finch






 first time seen a group of Rose Finch plucking "Sahtoot" near Rajghat, Delhi.

The common rosefinch is 13–15 cm (5.1–5.9 in) in length. It has a stout and conical bill. The mature male has brilliant rosy-carmine head, breast and rump; heavy bill; dark brown wings with two indistinct bars, and a white belly. Females and young males are dull-colored with yellowish-brown above, brighter on the rump and greyer on head; buff below.           Ref ===Wikipedia

Photo 1st April 2016, New Delhi


Sarus




Monday, March 14, 2016

Wolly necked stork



Wooly necked Stork===Najafgarh Delhi===March 2016
The woolly-necked stork is a large bird, typically 85 cm tall. It is glistening black with black "skull cap", white neck and white lower belly. The upper parts are glossed dark green, and the breast and belly have a purple hue.It has long red legs and a heavy, blackish bill. Sexes are alike. Juvenile birds are duller versions of the adult.                                 Ref===========Wikipedia

Black Francolin

The black francolin (Francolinus francolinus) is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It was formerly known as the Black Partridge. It is the state bird of Haryana state, India.

Francolins normally nests in a bare ground scrape from late March to May. The male may be seen standing on a rock or low tree attracting attention with its extraordinary creaking call. It may be heard all day long in April, during nesting, and less persistently in March and May as well as the summer months. Both parents tend chicks after hatching. Young stay with parents through their first winter. The most likely breeding locations Savanna, Grasslands, Scrub vegetation areas under the cultivated crops. They have a loud call during the breeding season.
                                                            REFER======== WIKIPEDIA ,

Photo 12th March, Najafgarh Drain Delhi


Friday, March 11, 2016

Yellow footed green pigeon


Yellow footed green pigeon are busy in making nest  in Delhi.  I have noticed that due to increased area of Greenary in New Delhi areas,south delhi, flock of Green pigeon seen in various park of New Delhi===Best time to see it closely=====  Feb 2016, Pitampura,New Delhi

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Long-tailed Shriek


Long tailed shriek   is a common bird in open grassland,agricultural areas, always on the lookout for insects.==========Photo near Yamuna Bank==Delhi==  Nov 2015

Monday, February 15, 2016

Common stone chat


Common stone chat a bird U can find near sugarcane field, shrub and open field.

======= Photo Yamuna Bank near ITO== Dec 2015

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marsh Harrier


The western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), often simply called the marsh harrier, breeds widely across Europe and Asia . It is migratory except in the mildest regions, and winters mainly in Africa. It hunts small mammalsfrogs fish insects and birds, surprising them as it drifts low over fields and reedbeds.
Its long legs allow it to pluck frogs and fish from the water mid-swoop. The western marsh harrier is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low flight. It also resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages, but its plumages are quite different from those of its relatives.
The male has wings with grey and brown sections and black wingtips. Its head, tail and underparts are greyish, except for the chestnut belly. The female is mainly brown with a cream crown and cream leading edge to her wings. It is 19-22 inches long and weighs 1-2 lbs.==============
 REF Wikipedia========
A lifer for e When seen in Yamuna Bio Diversity  Park Delhi=== Dec 27 2015, Delhi

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ferruginous Duck

The ferruginous duck, also ferruginous pochard (Aythya nyroca) is a medium-sized diving duckfrom Eurasia .The species is known colloquially by birders as "fudge duck".
Their breeding habitat is marshes and lakes with a metre or more water depth.These ducks breed in southern and eastern Europe and southern and western Asia.They are somewhat migratory, and winter farther south and into north Africa.
The adult male is a rich chestnut colour with a darker back and a yellow eye.The pure white undertail helps to distinguish this species from the somewhat similar tufted duck .The female is similar but duller, and with a dark eye.
These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as tufted ducks and common pochards.Hybrids between this species and the common pochard are sometimes referred to as "Paget's pochard".
These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling.They eat aquatic plants with some molluscs , aquatic insects and small fish.They often feed at night, and will upend (   Source WIKIPEDIA)
 These elusive bird found in Yamuna Bio Diversity Park.      IUCN category== NearThreatened

 Photo === Dec 22, 2015  Yamuna Bio Diversity Park, Delhi



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Great Crested Grabe


 Great Crested Grabe== Search fish by diving inside water, found in fresh water lake Dam. First Sigting by myself in Delhi.=======
     Photo Dec 27 Yamuna Bio Diversity Park Delhi


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Deer Park Delhi


Deer Park Delhi lake attracts migratory bird passing through Southern Ridge. I visited the park along with my friend  to just check and quite surprised to see approx 60 Northern Shovler (Centre , having beak like shovel, green neck,head ) Northern Pintail  4 ( 1st ,a distinctive white lie/patch from neck ,choclate head )   and a single Grey lag Geese  ( 3 , beak  pink Color .

Hope to see more species in Jan 2016================== Photo 27 Dec 2015, Delhi

Friday, December 25, 2015

BAR HEADED Geese

Bar headed Geese=== सवन हंस  एक बड़ा और सुंदर दो काले लाइनों सिर पर, चोंच और पैर नारंगी रंग वाला बत्तक है . भोजन के लिए हरी पत्तो ,घास  नर्म हरियाली वाले इलाको  रात्रि में ज्यादा भोजन करते है और दिन किसी जलप्लावित नदी, बड़े  तालाब , झीलों में बिताते हैं , दुर्भाग्य से नजफगढ़ झील से बदलकर नाले में तब्दील हो गई है , यह कुछ समय में महसूस कर वहां से कहीं और चल देती है /
============= 22nd Nov 2015 Najafgarh Drain , Delhi

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Eurasian wigeon


Eurasian Wigeon arrived in Delhi in 3rd week of Nov 2015.   U may find it in Yamuna Bio Diversity or najafgarh Drain or Hauzkhas Lake, may be in Rajghat Area.
 


Photo 21st Nov 2015 , Delhi

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Egyptian Vulture


 Egyptian Vulture used to come to DElhi in winter, U may find them near Yamuna Bank ================= The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), also called the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh's chicken, is a small Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Neophron. It is widely distributed; the Egyptian vulture is found from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India .
The contrasting underwing pattern and wedge-shaped tail make it distinctive in flight as it soars in thermals during the warmer parts of the day. Egyptian vultures feed mainly on carrion but are opportunistic and will prey on small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
They also feed on the eggs of other birds, breaking larger ones by tossing a large pebble onto them. The use of tools is rare in birds and apart from the use of a pebble as a hammer, Egyptian vultures also use twigs to roll up wool for use in their nest.
Egyptian vultures that breed in the temperate regions migrate south in winter while tropical populations are relatively sedentary. Populations of this species have declined in the 20th century and some island populations are endangered by hunting, accidental poisoning, and collision with power lines.===== (reference wikipedia)


IUCN list= Threatned Species (Red)

All Photo == 15th November, 2015