Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mesmerizing Mhadei & Enchanting Bhimgad !!!

A Dream come true for me as i visited Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa and Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka, for a Birders morning, Just delighted to be breathing the forests of Mhadei and just feeling nostalgic of the landscape introduction to Bhimgad. The list of sightings below, Happy Birding...

Family Phasianidae (Pheasants and allies) - 1/182
Red Spurfowl
Galloperdix spadicea
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Ardeidae (Herons, Bitterns) - 1/72
Indian Pond Heron
Ardeola grayii
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Accipitridae (Kites, Hawks and Eagles) - 3/256
Crested Honey Buzzard
Pernis ptilorhynchus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Crested Serpent Eagle
Spilornis cheela
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Circaetus gallicus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Columbidae (Pigeons, Doves) - 2/335
Spotted Dove
Spilopelia chinensis
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon
Treron affinis
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Alcedinidae (Kingfishers) - 1/93
Black-capped Kingfisher
Halcyon pileata
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Megalaimidae (Asian Barbets) - 1/30
Malabar Barbet
Megalaima malabarica
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Picidae (Woodpeckers) - 1/234
Greater Flameback
Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Campephagidae (Cuckooshrikes) - 1/92
Orange Minivet
Pericrocotus flammeus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Dicruridae (Drongos) - 2/26
Black Drongo
Dicrurus macrocercus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Dicrurus paradiseus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Monarchidae (Monarchs) - 2/99
Black-naped Monarch
Hypothymis azurea
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Terpsiphone paradisi
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Pycnonotidae (Bulbuls) - 1/151
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Pycnonotus jocosus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Timaliidae (Babblers) - 2/56
Indian Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus horsfieldii
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Dark-fronted Babbler
Rhopocichla atriceps
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Pellorneidae (Fulvettas, Ground Babblers) - 1/70
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Alcippe poioicephala
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Irenidae (Fairy-bluebirds) - 1/2
Asian Fairy-bluebird
Irena puella
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Turdidae (Thrushes) - 1/166
Orange-headed Thrush
Geokichla citrina
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Muscicapidae (Chats, Old World Flycatchers) - 2/320
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher
Cyornis pallipes
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Myophonus horsfieldii
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Dicaeidae (Flowerpeckers) - 1/48
Nilgiri Flowerpecker
Dicaeum concolor
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Nectariniidae (Sunbirds) - 1/143
Purple Sunbird
Cinnyris asiaticus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Family Motacillidae (Wagtails, Pipits) - 2/67
Forest Wagtail
Dendronanthus indicus
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14
Grey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
Sighted/ Heard 26/1/14

Species: 27
Total sightings: 27

IOC World Bird List 4.1 (January 2014)


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Crimson-backed Sunbird at Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa.

Crimson-backed Sunbird 
( Leptocoma minima)

Other common names: Small Sunbird.

Family: Nectariniidae (Sunbirds)
[IOC World Bird Names Ver 3.4.]


Taxonomy:  Cinnyris minima Sykes, 1832, Western Ghats, Deccan, west India.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Genus names Leptocoma and Chalcostetha described simultaneously, on consecutive pages of same publication; former has been selected by First Reviser as having precedence. Present species probably closest to L. zeylonica. Monotypic.

Similar Species :
The male somewhat resembles the Purple-rumped Sunbird, but does'nt have the bright shoulder patches and white flanks of that species. The female Crimson-backed looks similar to the female Purple-rumped, except for her red rump.

Distribution :
Endemic to Western Ghats of India (from N of Mumbai, S to hills of S Kerala), in W India.

IUCN Red List Status 2012 & Threats :        
Least Concern.

Habitat & Altitude:
Habitat (level 1)
Habitat (level 2)
Importance
Occurrence
Artificial/ Terrestrial
Plantations/ Rural Gardens
Suitable
Resident
Forest
Subtropical/ Tropical Dry/ Moist Lowland
Suitable
Resident

About the Photograph:
A trip to Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary (Goa, India), in August-September some time ago, and its preferred delicacy in flowering ( nectar) available, gave me an opportunity to photograph this usually hyperactive bird from close quarters, spend an hour or so to get the best i wanted, and yes so amazing really to


References:
1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/ 
 
2. http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
3. http://www.birdlife.org/
4. http://www.avianweb.com/
 
Image Copyright © Prasanna Parab. Please do not use any image without prior permission from the copyright holder.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tour Report Eaglenest & Assam 2013 by Chewang Bonpo

A lovely Tour Report from Eaglenest & Assam (March- April 2013), By my friend Chewang Rinchen Bonpo. Check the Link below for Downloading the Report :               http://www.sikkimbonfarmhouse.com/tour.aspx


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yellow-throated Fulvetta at Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Yellow-throated Fulvetta ( Alcippe cinerea)
French: (Pseudominla) Alcippe à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehlalcippe Spanish: Fulveta Goligualda

Other common names: Yellow-throated Tit-babbler, Dusky Green Fulvetta/Tit-babbler.

Family: Pellorneidae (Fulvettas, Ground Babblers) *IOC World Bird Names Ver 3.3.

Taxonomy:  Minla cinerea Blyth, 1847, Darjeeling, India. (Pseudominla) Genus often merged into Alcippe. Monotypic.

Subspecies and Distribution : 
Sikkim E to NE Indian hill states (except Meghalaya), S China (SE Xizang, NW Yunnan) and adjacent N Myanmar; also SE part of N Laos and adjacent Vietnam (N Annam).

IUCN Red List Status & Threats :        
Least Concern.

Habitat & Altitude:
Habitat (level 1)
Habitat (level 2)
Importance
Occurrence
Forest
Subtropical/ Tropical Moist Montane
Major
Resident
Shrubland
Subtropical/ Tropical High altitude
Suitable
Resident
Altitude
600 - 2745m

About the Photograph:
A late evening drive from Tiwarigaon, to lower elevation in a very bad lighting lot of activity of a flock of Yellow-throated Fulvettas was notice, we stopped to check and were surprised to have close views of the bird but the images being completely in dark as the sun had already set in the Mishmi Hills. The image was later exposed in Photoshop just upto the mark. Thanks to Chewang for his talent in identifying the birds first hand through a moving vehicle.

References:
1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/ 
2. http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
3. http://www.birdlife.org/
 
Image Copyright © Prasanna Parab. Please do not use any image without prior permission from the copyright holder.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Manipur Fulvetta at Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India.


Manipur Fulvetta (Fulvetta manipurensis)
French: Fulvetta du Manipur German: Streifenkehlalcippe Spanish: Fulveta de Manipur
Other common names: Manipur Fulvetta

Other common names: Streak-throated Fulvetta

Family: Sylviidae (Sylviid Babblers)

Taxonomy:  Proparus manipurensis Ogilvie-Grant, 1906, Owenkulno Peak, Manipur, India.
Genus commonly merged with Alcippe. Formerly treated as conspecific with F. cinereiceps and F. formosana. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution :
  • manipurensis ( Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) - NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh S to S Assam and N Manipur), W & N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • tonkinensis ( Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) - S China (SE Yunnan) and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
IUCN Red List Status & Threats :        
Least Concern.

Habitat & Altitude:
Habitat (level 1)
Habitat (level 2)
Importance
Occurrence
Forest
Subtropical/ Tropical Moist Montane
Major
Resident
Shrubland
Subtropical/ Tropical High altitude
Suitable
Resident
Altitude
1400 - 2800 m

About the Photograph:
On the return from Mayodia, we had a brief walk for an hour along the road, Chewang was quick to identify and spot the bird, but we would hardly see it in the dark bushes, this shot was taken at low ISO  to avoid overexposure but only the tail was visible in the image and the rest of the image was totally black, the Shadows & Highlights option in Photoshop works magic at a time.

References:
1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/ 
2. http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
3. http://www.birdlife.org/
 
Image Copyright © Prasanna Parab. Please do not use any image without prior permission from the copyright holder.