Time to head home...
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|As the sun was setting, I was lucky to get a shot of this lovely bird...|
The White-bellied Drongo, Dicrurus caerulescens, is a small Asian bird. The drongos are passerines restricted to the Old World tropics. They were previously classed as the family Dicruridae, but that has been much enlarged to include a number of largely Australasian groups, such as the Australasian fantails, monarchs and paradise flycatchers.
The White-bellied Drongo is a resident breeder in India and Sri Lanka. This species is usually found in open forest and well-wooded habitats. Two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a tree. These are aggressive and fearless birds, 24 cm in length, and will attack much larger species if their nest or young are threatened.
The adult White-bellied Drongo has dark grey upperparts, and the tail is long and deeply forked. The Indian race D. c. caerulescens has a pale grey underparts from the head to the breast, and is white from the belly down. One Sri Lankan race, D. c. leucopygialis, has the white on the underparts restricted to the vent area and undertail coverts. The young bird is duller and has a brownish grey breast.
The White-bellied Drongo has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous.
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- [2007-05-23 9:41]
very small, too bad you couldn't zoom in more. the tree branches create a nice pattern and the birds pose is good.
- [2007-05-24 10:52]
Uma excellent shot but somehow I agree with trinko as it would have been excellent if you had focused more on the bird. But as the composition says.. it is well taken as back home is always under dark.
That's a good shot...considering the fading light, and considering how restless the drongo can be in the evening. It's an insectivore after all, and evening is when its prey comes out. Takes fast fingers to snap a stationary drongo, it hardly sits still.
I'm not a bird lover (they're rats with wings, as the saying goes), but it's a good shot n'theless...considering the difficulties involved.
Where in Bangalore did you snap this? Hardly can see the drongo these days in Bangalore.