Sai Adikarla

Life in the Mangroves..

Saline waters, rainfalls and gusty winds, every changing weather conditions creates diverse habitat. It needs exceptional adaptation for the animals and trees to survive in the tide country. This Lesser Adjutant, very well adopted to this habitat was busy searching for food to make maximum use of the low-tide

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Female)

Terpsiphone paradisi

Purple-rumped Sunbird

Leptocoma zeylonica

Net-winged Beetle

Lycidae

Great Barbet

Colors of Himalayas.. [Psilopogon virens]

Dhole

Indian Wild Dog [Cuon alpinus]

Tawny Coster

Acraea terpsicore

Brown Fish Owl

Ketupa zeylonensis

Great Eggfly

Hypolimnas bolina

Plum-headed Parakeet (female)

Psittacula cyanocephala

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Ceyx erithaca

Mangrove Pitta

Pitta megarhyncha

Indian Elephant

Elephas maximus indicus

Bronzed Drongo

Dicrurus aeneus

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Terpsiphone paradisi

Ashy Prinia

Prinia socialis

Striated Laughingthrush

Garrulax striatus

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

[Monticola cinclorhynchus]

Tiger of Grassland

[Panthera tigris tigris]

Shikra

Accipiter badius

Rufous Woodpecker

Micropternus brachyurus

Collared Kingfisher

Todiramphus chloris

Queen of the grassland

Bengal Tiger [Panthera tigris tigris]

Pallas's Fish Eagle

Haliaeetus leucoryphus

Bronze-winged Jacana

Metopidius indicus

Flight of the Flamingos..

Greater Flamingo [Phoenicopterus roseus]

Brown-winged Kingfisher

Pelargopsis amauroptera

Small Niltava

Niltava macgrigoriae

Scarlet Minivet

Pericrocotus speciosus

Black Drongo

Dicrurus macrocercus

Crimson Sunbird

Aethopyga siparaja

Magical Moments

[Panthera tigris tigris] Getting a glimpse of a tiger in Kaziranga is rare occurrence. I had an opportunity to photograph this big male tiger during one of the late summer evening

Brown Hawk-owl

Ninox scutulata

Deccan Ground Gecko

Cyrtodactylus deccanensis

Tawny-bellied Babbler

Dumetia hyperythra

Malabar Barbet

Psilopogon malabaricus

Green Vine Snake

Oxybelis fulgidus

Painted Spurfowl

Galloperdix lunulata

Grey Francolin

Francolinus pondicerianus

Ruddy-breasted Crake

[Porzana fusca] I am happy to get decent recording of this extremely shy bird!!

Tigress, Corbett

Panthera tigris tigris

Indian Roller

[Coracias benghalensis] The state bird of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha and Telangana states in India

Rosy Starling

Pastor roseus

Purple-rumped Sunbird

[Leptocoma zeylonica]

Black-naped Monarch

[Hypothymis azurea]

Family time...

Elephas maximus indicus

Life in the Miniature World

This Bottle Fly (Calliphoridae) measures max. length of 14mm which is slightly bigger than housefly

Parthenium Beetle

Zygogramma bicolorata Pallister, Mexican beetle This 6mm long beetle also called as Mexican Beetle was introduced to India in 1984 to check Parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) that infests the farmland. This beetle eats the weed and causing defoliation of the weed [Internet resources]

Bengal Tiger

[Panthera tigris tigris]

Spot-billed Duck

[Anas poecilorhyncha]

Ultramarine Flycatcher

[Ficedula superciliaris]

Rock Pigeon

[Columba livia] So common.. but very colorful!!

Kalij Pheasant (Male)

[Lophura leucomelanos]

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Long-tailed Broadbill

Psarisomus dalhousiae

Dark-fronted Babbler

Rhopocichla atriceps

White-capped Water Redstart

[Chaimarrornis leucocephalus]

Brown Wood Owl

Strix leptogrammica

Colors of the Jungle

Rain brings out various moods of the jungle and this huge Wild Water Buffalo [Bubalus arnee] just added a character to the scene

Dhole - Indian Wild Dog

Cuon alpinus

Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher

Cyornis rubeculoides

Brown Crake

Amaurornis akool

Three-striped Palm Squirrel

[Funambulus palmarum]

Lesser Yellownape

Picus chlorolophus

Indian Blue Robin

Luscinia brunnea

White-rumped Shama

[Copsychus malabaricus]

Bengal Tiger

Panthera tigris tigris

Coppersmith Barbet

[Megalaima haemacephala]

Crested Kingfisher

[Megaceryle lugubris]

Black-capped Kingfisher

[Halcyon pileata]

Elephant way...

Elephas maximus indicus

Wire-tailed Swallow

Hirundo smithii

Eurasian Eagle-owl

Bubo bubo

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Pycnonotus jocosus

Pied Bushchat

Saxicola caprata

Nilgiri Flycatcher

Eumyias albicaudatus

King's Territory

[Bengal tiger - Panthera tigris tigris] He is Wagdoha, biggest tiger and proud grand dad of quite a few tigers in Tadoba Andhari Reserve.

Black-rumped Flameback

Dinopium benghalense

Saltwater Crocodile

Crocodylus porosus

Small Indian Civet

Viverricula indica

Brown-winged Kingfisher

Pelargopsis amauroptera

Great Tit

Parus major

Greater Painted-snipe

Rostratula benghalensis

Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis

Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla citreola

Blue-winged Parakeet

Also known as Malabar Parakeet [Psittacula columboides]

Common Hill Myna

[Gracula religiosa]

Painted Sandgrouse (Male)

Pterocles Indicus

Painted Sandgrouse (Female)

[Pterocles indicus]

Black-headed Munia

Tricoloured Munia [Lonchura malacca]

Tiger

Panthera tigris tigris

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Chrysomma sinense

Brown Hawk-owl

Ninox scutulata

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon

Columba elphinstonii

Indirana Chiravasi

[Amboli leaping frog] This frog is recently discovered in North-Western Ghats of India during 2014.

Sri Lanka Frogmouth

Batrachostomus moniliger

Scaly-breasted Munia

[Lonchura punctulata]

Feeding time..

Jungle Babbler [Turdoides striata]

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

Western Marsh Harrier

Eurasian Marsh Harrier [Circus aeruginosus]

White-browed Fantail

Rhipidura aureola

Blyth's Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus dumetorum

Indian Scops Owl

Otus bakkamoena

Blue-throated Barbet

[Megalaima asiatica] One beautiful rainy day, this Blue Angel added more colors to the jungle!

Ashy Prinia

[Prinia socialis]

Changeable Hawk-eagle

Nisaetus cirrhatus

Indian Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros unicornis

Coppersmith Barbet

Megalaima haemacephala

Spotted Dove

[Spilopelia chinensis]

Large Woodshrike

[Tephrodornis gularis]

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

[Ceyx erithaca] With the onset of monsoon, this Kingfisher started building its nest on mud walls and going to breed shortly after that.

Common Myna

Acridotheres tristis

Laughing Dove

Spilopelia senegalensis

In the Service of the Forest

It is the trust that bonds Mahout and Elephant. He was carrying feed to the elephant camp at the close of the summer day after selfless forest duty. Elephant obeys him happily and the enthusiastic baby follows them. All standing tall and proud with the satisfaction of the hard work for the day.

Common Grass Yellow

[Eurema hecabe]

Indian Leopard (Female)

[Panthera pardus fusca]

Black-shouldered Kite

Elanus axillaris

Common Pyrgomorph

Wingless Grasshopper [Pyrgomorphidae]

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Chrysomma sinense

White-browed Wagtail

Large Pied Wagtail [Motacilla maderaspatensis]

Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

Temminck's Stint

Calidris temminckii

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

Tigerscape of Bandhavgarh

[Panthera tigris tigris] This tigress used to rule one of the prime territories of Bandhavgarh National Park.

California Towhee

Melozone crissalis

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Merops philippinus

Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Verditer Flycatcher

Eumyias thalassinus

Lesser Yellownape Woodpecker

Picus chlorolophus

Dhole (Indian Wild Dog)

Cuon alpinus

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Dicaeum cruentatum

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher

[Muscicapa ruficauda]

Hulk of Tadoba

Made this photo during 2012 summer when this huge Bengal Tiger [Panthera tigris tigris] was ruling Kolsa range of Tadoba. He showed off royalty in his walk while passing us after a small bath in the pool.

Oriental Turtle Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

Red Junglefowl

[Gallus gallus]

Jungle Bush Quail

[Perdicula asiatica]

The Courtship

Red-breasted Parakeet [Psittacula alexandri] When the spring is in the air, it is time for these mating pair to display their affection. Here the male Red-breasted Parakeet performing the courtship feeding to it's female partner.

Blyth's Starling

Sturnia (malabarica) blythii

Jacobin Cuckoo

[Clamator Jacobinus]

Hot summer days...

Purple Sunbird [Cinnyris asiaticus] Water is the need for everyone especially when temperature raise above normal levels during summers. This Sunbird is no exception.. it was trying to quench it's thirst by extracting leftover moisture from a closed tap!!

Spotted Owlet

[Athene brama]

Wild Water Buffalo

[Bubalus arnee] It was a nice experience sighting these endangered animals in their natural habitat last summer.

White-browed Bulbul

[Pycnonotus luteolus] Finally my wish fulfilled after a long wait and so many misses!!

Little Cormorant

Little Cormorant

Black-rumped Flameback

Dinopium benghalense

Golden-fronted Leafbird

Chloropsis aurifrons

Red Spurfowl

Galloperdix spadicea

Asian Pied Starling

Gracupica contra

Pacific Golden Plover

[Pluvialis fulva]

Leopard Country

Indian Leopard [Panthera pardus fusca] It was early summer of last year when this big and bold male leopard walked in front of our safari jeep for quite sometime. At the end it gave us this final look before vanished in to the bushes. It was a special moments for my family as they got to see leopard in the wild for the first time!!

Small Pratincole

Glareola lactea

Grey Junglefowl

[Gallus sonneratii]

Flame-throated Bulbul

[Pycnonotus gularis]

White-throated Kingfisher

[Halcyon smyrnensis]

Indian Black-lored Tit

Indian yellow tit [Parus aplonotus]

Rhino Patrol

Forest guards are the lifeline of Kaziranga when it comes to wildlife protection.In addition to checking highly-armed poachers, they are frequently attacked by Water Buffaloes, Elephants and Rhinos during their foot patrol. Made this photo during misty morning of last summer when I encountered by female Rhino and calf and when the guards were on patrol. Despite being known for their aggression and charge without any provocation, the mom took the calf away from the scene very swiftly. We were happy that it all ended peacefully.

Grizzled Giant Squirrel

[Ratufa macroura] One more species listed by IUCN as Near Threatened due to habitat loss and hunting.

Orange-winged Dropwing

Trithemis Kirbyi

Brown-breasted Flycatcher

[Muscicapa muttui]

Anna's Hummingbird

[Calypte anna]

Eurasian Magpie

[Pica pica]

Peregrine Falcon

[Falco peregrinus] The Peregrine is the most admired and respected birds of pray due to it's beauty and ability of hunting skills and being fastest member of animal kingdom.

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Fulvous Tree Duck [Dendrocygna bicolor]

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

[Dicrurus paradiseus] I am happy to shoot this bird in open and in a clean perch!!

Alexandrine Parakeet

[Psittacula eupatria]

Greater One-horned Rhinoceros

[Rhinoceros unicornis] It was a road block when this huge male rhino crossed the forest track. Evening light and little unusual action from rhino was of a great help :) Use 'M' key for a miximized view.

Common Hawk-Cuckoo

[Hierococcyx varius] Rainy day in the jungles caused this Brain-fever bird to appear and to hear us some nice calls!!

Affection... :)

Ruddy Shelduck [Tadorna ferruginea] I'm again back with my favorite bird photo.. Enjoy!!

Shikra

[Accipiter badius] I shot this right on top of my house when this evening visitor came for the search of potential pray.

Indian Pitta

[Pitta brachyura] Finally could get hold of this beauty after quite few misses. It is also known as Navarangi for its nine-coloured feathers.

Streak-throated Woodpecker

Male and Female pair of Streak-throated Woodpecker [Picus xanthopygaeus]

Eye contact...

[Panthera tigris tigris] It was late summer evening... I met this beauty when she was resting in the shrubs below Jamun (Syzygium Cumini) tree. She was not looking at me initially for some time, probably thinking about night hunt. Before she got up and walked in to bushes, gave me this stare. I am done for that day :)

Ruddy Shelduck

[Tadorna ferruginea] Also called as Brahminy Duck, one of my favorite birds to photograph. Though very shy, they give beautiful photo opportunities if we maintain distance and allow them some privacy :). I was told by my guide that these ducks usually roam in pairs and mate for life.

White-rumped Shama (Male)

Shama [Copsychus malabaricus] are quite vocal and we can hear them from a distance. Their flute and whistle like songs are rich melodious and it is entertaining when we hear them through forest undergrowth.

Queen of the Dusk

[Panthera tigris tigris] One more memorable tiger sighting at Kaziranga. After prolonged wait, this female tiger finally showed up in the golden light of sunset.

Red-vented Bulbul

[Pycnonotus cafer]

Great Blue Heron

[Ardea herodias]

White Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Collared Pratincole

[Glareola pratincola]

Great Stone-curlew

[Esacus recurvirostris] Commonly called as Stone Plover

Rainy Day

Black-capped Kingfisher [Halcyon pileata]

Lion-tailed Macaque

[Macaca silenus] This primate is ranked among the rarest and most threatened species. Their population is rapidly decreasing due to habitat destruction

Nilgiri Tahr

[Nilgiritragus hylocrius] These are endemic to the high altitude mountain grasslands usually at the elevation greater than 2000 meters. Hunting and poaching drastically reduced the population of these Thars and got them in to Endangered Category. It is amazing to watch the way they negotiate the mountain slopes and hang around the cliffs

Ruddy Shelduck

[Tadorna ferruginea] Brahminy Duck

White-bellied woodpecker

[Dryocopus javensis] Great black Woodpecker

Indian Hog Deer

[Hyelaphus porcinus] These deer are engendered and usually are of dark brown color. Their coat changes to red-brown during summers, as you can see in this photo. She gave me curious looks before galloping to the other side of forest.

Call of the Mangrove

Brown-winged Kingfisher [Pelargopsis amauroptera]

Malabar Whistling Thrush

[Myophonus horsfieldii] Whistling Schoolboy is the other name as it's Whistle and Songs are quite human. Very shy in nature, usually seen deep in the woods. That makes it very lucky to get this bird in open. You will be very fortunate to be woken up by its songs if you stay in the Western Ghats jungles during the Monsoon. Enjoy it's calls and songs here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Myophonus-horsfieldii?&view=3

Black-naped Monarch

Also called as Black-naped Blue Flycatcher [Hypothymis azurea]

Ditch Jewel

Brachythemis Contaminata

Cuckoo Wasp

[Chrysididae]

Whiskered Tern

[Chlidonias Hybridus]

Tiger - Kaziranga

[Panthera tigris tigris] These jungles has world's highest density of the tiger population. But they are very illusive and we do not get to see them quite often. Watching it in the open is a rare phenomenon there and I am very lucky and happy to witness it. Keep watching this space for more pics :)

It's my home...

Red-breasted Parakeet [Psittacula alexandri]

Hoopoe

Upupa epops

Cetonid Beetle

Flower Chafer [Cetoniinae] Trying out some super macro with beetle which is around 30mm long :)

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Cyornis tickelliae

Momma and Baby...

Indian Elephant [Elephas maximus indicus]

Grey-bellied Cuckoo

Also known as Indian Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis passerinus)

Flight to Nest

Spot-billed Pelican [Pelecanus philippensis]

Yellow-browed Bulbul

Acritillas indica

Eurasian Blackbird (Female)

[Turdus merula]

Malabar Parakeet

[Psittacula columboides]

Grey-headed Lapwing

[Vanellus cinereus]

Indian Leopard

[Panthera pardus fusca]

Asian Barred Owlet

[Glaucidium cuculoides] Early morning bliss at Eastern Range of Kaziranga...

Grey junglefowl

[Gallus sonneratii]

Malabar Grey Hornbill

Ocyceros griseus

Hill Myna

[Gracula religiosa]

Spotted Redshank

[Tringa erythropus]

Large Grey Babbler

[Turdoides malcolmi]

Barasingha aka. Swamp Deer

[Rucervus duvaucelii syn. Cervus duvaucelii] These grazers are mostly endemic to the grasslands. Loss of habitat especially the wetlands is the main threat to their population. Kaziranga's undulating roads sometimes give opportunity to shoot photos in some interesting angles.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Sitta frontalis

Blue-throated Barbet

[Megalaima asiatica] In India they are native to Himalayan foothills. It is fun to watch these colorful birds feeding on fruit tress and calling frequently...

Water Monitor

[Varanus salvator] I saw many of these species during this trip. But I wanted to photograph it during its natural action i.e. when it is flicking it's forked tongue. My wish fulfilled after 5km trek through muddy wetland... Monitor Lizards just like other reptiles flick their tongue to taste the air as a process of sensing especially during the hunt.

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Female)

[Terpsiphone paradisi]

Jungle Owlet

[Glaucidium radiatum]

Indian Scimitar Babbler

[Pomatorhinus horsfieldii] It was amazing birding day at Ganeshgudi and lucky to get this some what rare bird on a clean perch..

Kalij Pheasant

[Lophura leucomelanos]

Kaziranga...

Designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and Important Bird Area by Birdlife International, Kaziranga National Park has evolved into a Tiger Reserve in 2007 encompassing an area of 1002 Sq. Km with Tiger and Rhino as main flagship species. I'm lucky to get both these species in a same frame... This brave tiger walks past the Rhino to the lake...

Stump-tailed macaque

[Macaca arctoides] I had tough time in photographing these ground feeders in leech filled jungle..

Baby Rhino...

Indian Rhinoceros

Greater Flameback Woodpecker(Female)

Also known as Greater Goldenback, Large Golden-backed Woodpecker ... [Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus]

Leopard

[Panthera pardus fusca] Happy to take this Leopard during Monsoon time when jungles are lush green...

Indian Pond Heron

[Ardeola grayii] Though Pond Herons are very common in India, Chilika Lake makes their sighting very special.

White-browed Fantail

Rhipidura aureola

Spot-billed Duck

Anas poecilorhyncha

Red-breasted Parakeet

[Psittacula alexandri]

Blossom-headed Parakeet (Male and Female)

[Psittacula roseata]

Plum-headed Parakeet

[Psittacula cyanocephala] This male parakeet was feeding on Silk Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba)..

Team Work

Dhole (Indian Wild Dog) [Cuon alpinus] This pack was completing the remains of Sambar Deer's carcass on a rainy day. Dholes are expert hunters and most successful predators due to their coordinated hunting.

Red-wattled Lapwing

[Vanellus-indicus] On a rainy day, this Lapwing was hiding her chick under the belly for the protection. We can see just chick's legs and rest is hidden. Mother has taken the entire rain and never allowed the chick to get wet :)

Rose-ringed Parakeet (Female)

[Psittacula kramer]

Kankati, the Warior Queen

[Panthera tigris tigris] Vijaya aka. Kankati is a mother of 3 cubs when I visited Bandhavgarh last year. However, all her's were not happy moments ... She fought ferocious battles with other tigers to capture her territory... Injured and lost an eye in this process, but established her family.. Truly a Warrior Queen... Save Tigers and Respect Women. Happy Women's Day!!

Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl

I am very fortunate to sight this owl... Forest Eagle-Owl [Bubo nipalensis]

Small Blue Kingfisher

[Alcedo atthis] aka. Common Kingfisher

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

[Dendrocopos macei]

Baya Weaver

[Ploceus philippinus]

Verditer Flycatcher

[Eumyias thalassinus]

Emerald Dove

[Chalcophaps indica]

Indian Jackal

Canis aureus indicus

Grey-headed Woodpecker

[Picus canus]

Griffon Vulture

[Gyps fulvus fulvescens]

Stork-billed Kingfisher

[Pelargopsis capensis]

Eurasian Curlew

[Numenius arquata] I got this Curlew when it was probing the mud. Rainy day with dull light added mood to this photo and Green background was the lucky bonus. Who doesn't like to shoot on this weather...? :)

Painted Stork

Mycteria leucocephala

Forest Wagtail

[Dendronanthus indicus]

Elephant Country

Indian Elephant [Elephas maximus indicus] is one of the Big-4 of Kaziranga along with Tiger, the rhino and the wild buffalo. The photo you are seeing is a typical Assam Elephant with short-stout legs with huge rounded body. These are slight distinct from elephants that we see here in South India. The discharge near its ears indicating that this bull elephant is in 'Musth' (heavy surge in Testosterone levels). Bulls in Musth are highly unpredictable and can be very dangerous to approach. Luckily it gave us route to proceed after couple of tense moments :)

Indian Roller

[Coracias benghalensis] The State Bird of Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha. Lucky to get this during golden light of winter morning..

A Rare Cat...

Fishing Cat [Prionailurus viverrinus] Spotting this rare species in the natural habitat was not even in my wildest dream. All this changed during the year end!! With the help of my guide, I could manage to see this nocturnal cat during daytime and also managed to record some shots.

White-bellied Blue Flycatcher

[Cyornis pallipes]

Oriental White-eye

[Zosterops palpebrosus]

Pied Kingfisher

[Ceryle rudis] Nature can do wonders even with Black and White...

Beauty of Chilika...

Common Kingfisher [Alcedo atthis] My Guide and Naturalist has referred how Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, a famous Oria Poet wrote about Chilika. "...The poet became impatient to see the beauty of the march of colorful sights and sounds of Chilika lagoon while going by train. He asked the speeding train to stop for a moment so that he could enjoy the beauty...." [Text source: Wiki]

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Black-capped Kingfisher

Halcyon pileata

Western Marsh Harrier

Circus aeruginosus

Rufous Woodpecker

Micropternus brachyurus

Zitting Cisticola

[Cisticola juncidis] aka. Streaked Fantail Warbler

Rufous Treepie

[Dendrocitta vagabunda]

Leopard on the Highway

[Panthera pardus] This highway passes through Nagarhole National Park to connect Mananthavadi in Kerala. Occasionally we get to see wild animals crossing the road if we are lucky. This time we were lucky to spot this Leopard.

Lesser Adjutant

[Leptoptilos javanicus] These storks use to be common and widespread. Due to the habitat loss and other environmental challenges, current IUCN Red List of this stork is 'Vulnerable'.

Northern Shoveler

[Anas clypeata]

Relaxing Queen

[Panthera tigris tigris] The Rajbehera Female of Bandhavgarh National Park

Song Sparrow

[Melospiza melodia] It was fun to watch this American Sparrow singing different notes.

King from Mangroves...

[Brown-winged Kingfisher, Pelargopsis amauroptera] Very happy to get this Kingfisher which is endemic just to mangrove forests. It's survival is highly threatened with the generous destruction of mangroves around the globe!!!

Stripe-necked mongoose

[Herpestes vitticollis]

White-bellied Sea Eagle

[Haliaeetus leucogaster]

Collared Kingfisher

[Todiramphus chloris] aka. Mangrove Kingfisher

Dhole (Indian wild dog)

[Cuon alpinus] Lucky to get this endangered predator in rain...

Green Bee-eater

[Merops orientalis]

One summer evening...

Brown Fish Owl

Bubo zeylonensis leschenault

Crested Serpent Eagle

Spilornis cheela

Intermediate Egret

[Mesophoyx intermedia]

Northern Mockingbird

[Mimus polyglottos] State bird of 5 states in the USA. I was amazed with the mimicking ability of this bird. In addition to imitate other bird's calls for the sexual selection, it also imitates several mechanical sounds such as car alarms!! Full time pass :)

Mastigudi Temple

These idols are usually visible only during the summer months when water levels in the Kabini reservoir recede. Due to the drought caused by monsoon failures, I could get this photo even in the winter months of last year!! The region is blessed with copious rainfall in this year; the catchment areas of Kabini reservoir are full by ending few years of drought. (Online resources) Mastigudi village and temple were submerged during the construction of Kabini dam. The catchment area formed by dam effectively separates Nagarahole from Bandipur National Park. During the summer months when the water levels decline, the shallower parts become beautiful meadows. These are the heaven for the wildlife; especially elephants tend to collect here in large herds.

Gray Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Curious looks...

Gray Langur aka. Hanuman Langurs [Semnopithecus] are the most widespread in the Indian Jungles. I somehow like this guy while sitting coolly looking at us. Thanks to the monsoons for creating a green carpet...

Bandhavgarh Tiger (Blue Eyes)

First day, first sighting :)

White-eyed Buzzard (Juv.)

[Butastur teesa]

Black-headed Gull

[Chroicocephalus ridibundus] At Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

Brown-cheeked Fulvetta

[Alcippe poioicephala]

Common Greenshank

[Tringa nebularia]

Colors of Monsoon - The Courtship Dance

[Indian Peafowl Male, Pavo cristatus] ...Female has arrived, it's time to win her by revealing the colors and by a mesmerizing dance. All the best mate!!

Indian Peafowl

[Pavo cristatus] Monsoon has arrived in the jungles with the vibrant colors... When the weather is cool with intermittent rains, male peafowl in full prime calling and waiting for its mate. Mood is setup for a beautiful dance and drama...

Whiskers of a Pride

[Panthera tigris tigris] Show-off beauty... Rajbehera female of Bandhavgarh NP

Oriental Pratincole

[Glareola maldivarum] I found the group of 10 to 15 of these birds relaxing during the winter morning at Chilika marshlands. Though not "Vulnerable", due to various reasons, population trend of these species decreasing as per BirdLife International. Note: I'm little confused this with Collared Pratincole [Glareola pratincola]. Not very sure what sub-species of this Pratincole is..

California Ground Squirrel

Otospermophilus beecheyi

Bar-headed Goose

[Anser indicus] “Amazing Flying Machine” is the under statement to describe these birds' flying ability. They are the world's highest flying birds. During the migration from Central Asia to South Asia, they cross Himalayas including the Mt. Everest. My admaration to these species started after watching Earthflight videos. Luckily I didn't have to fly distances to see them. Last year, they were the winter visitors to the magical backwaters of Kabini :)

White-throated Kingfisher

[Halcyon smyrnensis]

Shivaji - tiger in full bloom...

[Panthera tigris tigris] The attitude of this big male tiger is always intimidating with eye contact and growling. That makes it more treat to watch him :)

Glossy Ibis

[Plegadis falcinellus]

Tiger

[Panthera tigris tigris] Sub-adult (male) cub of Banbai

Ruff

[Philomachus pugnax] One more migratory at Chilika marshlands.

Black-rumped Flameback

Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker [Dinopium benghalense]

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

[Terpsiphone paradisi] My favorite bird at my favorite jungle... what a sighting it was!!

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican

Indian Blue Robin

Luscinia brunnea

Bronze-winged Jacana

Metopidius indicus

Eurasian Spoonbill

Platalea leucorodia

Leopard

[Panthera pardus]

One fine morning...

There was a debate about the species name. Now I'm settling with this as Juv. Brahminy Kite

Water Splash...

Ruddy Shelduck [Tadorna ferruginea]

Gadwall

[Anas strepera]

World Sparrow Day

House Sparrow [Passer domesticus] Once most common bird, now confined mostly to the rural places, and the declining continuous... While celebrating World Sparrow Day on 20-March, hoping that we are aware of our contribution towards the environmental damage.

White-rumped Shama

Copsychus malabaricus

Pariah Kite

aka. Black Kite [Milvus migrans govinda]

Little Ringed Plover

[Charadrius dubius]

Crocs Mating...

Mugger Crocodile [Crocodylus palustris]

Indian Pond Terrapin

M. trijuga

Northern Pintail

[Anas acuta]

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

[Monticola cinclorhynchus]

Common Kingfisher

[Alcedo atthis]

Red Avadavat (Female)

[Amandava amandava]

Tusker Trail...

Indian Elephant [Elephas maximus indicus] Western (Baguri) range of Kaziranga is a short-grassland, usually dry during summers. On this trail, my jeep followed this tusker from a disntance when it never mind to gave us the way. After quite sometime, it was kind enough to go in to the grassland that allowed us to continue.

Purple Heron

[Ardea purpurea]

Bengal Tiger

This was one of my best moments in the wildlife. This handsome bold male at Kabini stalking an elephant cub when two female elephants trying to protect and fight back. Except this one moment when it turned towards us, this tiger kept chasing the elephants during the remaining time.

Oriental Darter

[Anhinga melanogaster]

Purple Swamphen

[Porphyrio porphyrio]

Black-tailed Godwit

[Limosa limosa]

Indian Rhinoceros

[Rhinoceros unicornis]

Yellow Bittern

[Ixobrychus sinensis]

Black-winged Stilt

[Himantopus himantopus]

Osprey

[Pandion haliaetus]

Scorpion.. :)

Common Sandpiper

[Actitis hypoleucos]

Spot-billed Pelican

[Pelecanus philippensis]

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

[Terpsiphone paradisi] It was a dream come true when I got this beauty in the open after 10 minutes of tense moments on the slippery hilly terrain. Kudos to Sandeep Dutta for the excellent spotting and tracking.

Bye Bye 2012... :)

This year gave me wonderful photographic opportunities, hoping that it will be repeated during the coming year. Signing off for now and see you all in the next year. Wishing all fellow photographers a Happy New Year.

Beautiful Bandipur...

Indian Elephant [Elephas maximus indicus] Also check my photography page: http://www.facebook.com/SaiAdikarlaPhotography

Asiatic Water Buffalo

aka. Wild Water Buffalo [Bubalus arnee] These are listed under IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Endangered and the global population has been estimated at 3,400 individuals, of which 3,100 (91%) live in India, mostly in Assam (Wiki)

Wire-tailed Swallow

[Hirundo smithii]

Oriental White Ibis

aka. Black-headed Ibis [Threskiornis melanocephalus] Also check my photos at my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SaiAdikarlaPhotography

Yellow-thighed Spider

[Indian Ornamental Tarantula, Poecilothera regalis] Thanks to my friend (and Guru) for all the help in getting me this photo...

River Tern

[Sterna aurantia]

Changeable Hawk-eagle

aka. Crested Hawk-eagle [Nisaetus cirrhatus]

Tiger, TATR

Shivaji, big male tiger of TATR. It was a treat to watch when he walks around and having quick lick in the hot summer afternoon. Bengal Tiger is endangered and highly threatened. When the world observes Wildlife Conservation Day on December 4, I take the pledge to help stop wildlife crime at http://www.wildlifepledge.org/

Grey-backed Shrike

Lanius tephronotus

Jungle Cat

Felis chaus

Malabar Gliding Frog

Rhacophorus malabaricus

Green Imperial Pigeon

Ducula aenea

The Wasp and the Water Droplets

October rains.. helps with Light, Water and the Bugs