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[16 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Nilgiri Laughingthrush – Birds of Kerala

Nilgiri laughingthrush, Trochalopteron cachinnans, is an endangered (IUCN 3.1) bird species endemic to the Nilgiri areas of Western Ghats. This species is also known as Rufous-breasted Laughingthrush or Black-chinned Laughingthrush. Its global population is principally confined to the Nilgiri Hills, India. Once rich, its shola habitat witnessed significant loss during the 19th and 20th centuries with the arrival of tea plantations. The remaining habitat also faces severe threat from grazing, lopping, and intrusion.

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[10 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week: Black-and-Orange Flycatcher

This is a very beautiful small bird endemic to Western Ghats in peninsular India. The main population of this flycatcher is found in the high altitude areas of Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and around the Palani Hills. The IUCN conservation status of this beautiful bird is as ‘Nearly Threatened’. Large scale destruction of Shola and Evergreen Forests has directly affected the distribution of this endemic bird. Though it’s high tolerant to modified habitats, the high rate of habitat loss is a real threat at present.

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[17 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Bird of the Week – Great Indian Hornbill

Great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) – also known as Great Pied Hornbill – is one of the largest and beautiful member of the hornbill family. It is endemic to the forests of Indian subcontinent, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Indonesia. This bird has a considerably longer lifespan among birds, studies confirm in India it lives around 35 years and may go upto 50 years in captivity.
The Great Hornbill is the State bird of Chin state in Myanmar, and Kerala and Arunachal in India. The conservation status of this beautiful bird …

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[26 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Common Kingfisher

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is also known as Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter. They are important members of ecosystems and good indicators of freshwater community health.
In Kerala with 44 main rivers and countless other water bodies, this species is a common resident here. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special …

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[12 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Malabar Trogon

The Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus) is a beautiful bird species in the trogon family. It is endemic to the forests of Sri Lanka and India, mainly at Western Ghats. These birds are very shy in nature and that makes them difficult subjects to bird photographers.
In Kerala, it’s known as “Thee-kakka” – meaning a fire-crow – due to its bright crimson red colored underside. These birds usually perch still, preferred to be in a territory without moving around so much. Its bright colors and the sound of wing flaps often make …

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[23 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Malabar Parakeet

The Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) – also known as the Blue-winged Parakeet – is endemic to Southern India where it is still locally fairly common – though their numbers have decreased due to loss of habitat and trapping for the pet trade. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as Least Concern, but still its a fact that the population size has not been quantified yet.
Size & Shapes
Adult parakeets are sized up to 38Cms.
Colorization

Adult: The male’s overall colour is a bluish-grey, sometimes with a reddish-pink tint. Ring around the …

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[2 Sep 2010 | One Comment | ]
White Bellied Shortwing – A Vulnerable Species

The White-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx major) is a species of bird in the Turdidae family endemic to southern India. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is a highly threatened species and is likely to be endangered due to heavy habitat loss. This species is also known as Nilgiri Blue Robin.

Size & Colorization
It is a small, compact bird with a plump body, coloured with a dark bluish-grey head, breast and upperside, and a white underside.
Two subspecies of the white-bellied shortwing are recognised: Brachypteryx major major has …

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[7 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week: House Sparrow

The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a member of the old World sparrow family Passeridae. It occurs naturally in most of Europe and much of Asia. It has also followed humans all over the world and has been intentionally or accidentally introduced to most of the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand and Australia as well as urban areas in other parts of the world. It is now the most widely distributed wild bird on the planet.
The House Sparrow is a very social bird. It is gregarious at all seasons when …

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[7 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

The size of your camera’s sensor will affect the depth of field at various apertures. Cameras with smaller sensors will produce a deeper depth of field at a given aperture, and vice verse.

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[31 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
An Introduction to Bird Photography

Photography has become very much accessible to common man in these days. Market has flooded with gadgets priced from a hundred dollars to several thousands. Gone are the days, a 10.0 megapixel camera creates envy among its viewers. Even your cell-phone now holds a 5.0mp camera which produces decent large prints. Several hundreds turns into thousands uploads per hour in popular image sharing website like flickr. Photography has grown wider into many branches of specialization such as fashion, events, industrial and of course towards nature and wildlife. Handling models or …