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Copyright: Kiran K V (sunkirana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 29 N: 199] (1143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha 100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 2:28
Viewed: 3354
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus Vieillot*

*The species name adsimilis is now restricted to the African Black Drongo.

Location of the shot: This was another photograph taken on the way to Sira. Saw a few of these shy birds. They hardly allow you to get near them. This one was in the open fields on a small bush. Approached it few steps at a time. Would stop, NEVER look at it directly, keeping my head bent down. Was near enough to take a shot when a village kid curious to know what I was taking photos of ran towards the bush..... Woooo....oosh went my subject!! Fortunately it sat on a better perch with no distractions, and could finally reach it after 10 minutes of start-stop ambling, fighting to get my bearing right with my head down. Finally there, crouched low and took this shot. My Sony Alpha makes a LOUD shutter noise which scared the bird much farther away before I could get a second shot. I am happy since this is my first picture of the beautiful bird. You have to see it fly to appreciate its grace and beauty. It glides through the air quite similar to surfers riding on a smooth wave in the sea.

Local names: Kolsa, Buchanga or Bhujanga, Kotwal, Kalkalachi (Hindi); Karanjua (Madhya Pradesh); Finga (Bengali); Kanchh, Kalkanchh (Kutch); Kunik, Kalkalachi (Sindh); Pasala poli gadu (Telegu); Kari karuman, Karichan, Karuvattu vali (Tamil); Kakka tampuratti, Anaranchi (Malayalam); Kosita, Kalo koshi (Gujarati); Chosia, Kotwal (Marathi).

Size: Bulbul +_

Field Characters:

A slim and agile glossy black bird with long, deeply forked tail. Sexes alike. Singly, on open countryside and about cultivation.


Throught Indian Union; Bangladesh; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Myanmar. Three races, on size differences in wing, tail and bill.


A familiar bird in the open country, usually perched on telegraph wires, or attending on grazing cattle. From exposed look-outs it keeps vigilant watch for grasshoppers and other insects. These are pounced upon and carried off, held under foot, torn to pieces and swallowed. It rides on the backs of grazing cattle and takes toll of the insects disturbed by the animal's movements through grass. Forest fires or fired grass patches invariably attract numbers of drongos for the same reason.Highly beneficial to agriculture by the vast quantities of injurious insects it destroys.


A variety of harsh scolding or challenging calls are uttered, some closely resembling those of the Shikra hawk.


Insects; flower nectar also occasionally small birds.

Nesting: Season - Principally April to August. Nest - a flimsy-bottomed cup of fine twigs and fibres cemented with cobweb; in fork at extremity of branch 4 to 10m up in large trees, preferably standing alone in the open. Eggs - 3 to 5 variable; mostly whitish with brownish red spots. Both sexes share all domestic duties and are bold in defence of their nests.

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Good capture of his crow-let (:)), good colors, and lighter BG. All are excellent .TFS

Hola Kiran
Bonita composición de este pájaro, con luz y color muy agradables, el fondo es fantástico, buena nota informativa. saludos
José Ramón

beautiful-artistic pic, TFS Ori

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-11 8:52]

Hi Kiran.
Once more so elegant composition from you. I am impressed with the beautifulness of the captured scene. Pose of the bird and its shapes are great as well as the fantastic BG. Bravo, my friend. So artistic and fine work.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-12 2:23]

Hi Kiran,
Beautiful picture! I like the cmposition and the contrast with the fantastic background,
nice capture of the bird with great clarity and details, lovely pose,

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