A beauty in Paradise
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|The boatman at the Sattal Lake informed me that he had seen a white bird with blue head & a long - long tail. The impression I got was he was talking about the paradise Flycatcher. I had only seen pictures of this species but have never seen it myself. I was excited but at the same time skeptical of finding it as it was already gloomy & I had to return to Ramgarh.|
Nevertheless, I ventured inside the woods & got really excited spotting the leiothrix, the white eyes & the verditer flycatcher. I got down beside the stream & got busy clicking photos.
The credit of spotting this beauty goes to my better half who was standing on the bridled path & was marveling the dense woods. She frantically tried to catch my attention & finally when I looked up towards her, I saw this beauty flying from one tree to another.
It was a wonderful feeling as I never thought I would get to see the bird.
Eventually, I got a shot but honestly the distance was beyond the range of my lens. I had to crop this immensely to even present a proper photo of the bird. Not much in terms of sharpness or details.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher:
The Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia. Males have elongated central tail feathers, and in some populations a black and rufous plumage while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. They feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.
Young males are rufous and have short tails. They acquire long tails in their second or third year. Adult males are either predominantly bright rufous above or predominantly white. Some specimens show some degree of intermediacy between rufous and white. Long-tailed rufous birds are generally devoid of shaft streaks on the wing and tail feathers, while in white birds the shaft streaks, and sometimes the edges of the wing and tail feathers are black
Habitat: Asian Paradise-flycatchers inhabit thick forests and well-wooded habitats from Turkestan to Manchuria, all over India and Sri Lanka to the Malay Archipelago on the islands of Sumba and Alor.
They are migratory in nature and spend the winter season in tropical Asia. There are resident populations in southern India and Sri Lanka, hence both visiting migrants and the locally breeding subspecies occur in these areas in winter.
Behavior: Asian Paradise Flycatchers are noisy birds uttering sharp screech calls. They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. They are insectivorous and hunt while in flight. In the afternoons they dive from perches to bathe in small pools of water.
Info Courtesy: Wikipedia.
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- [2014-07-08 7:57]
Great to see such a beauty.
The photo is not the best, but as a heavy crop it is reasonable. The surroundings is very busy and the background a bit noisy. Good to see the whole bird including the tail.
Hello Satirtha-Beautiful bird.Amazing tail!!!I saw in Photograph before but didn't see in its natural habitat.Quite well captured due to distance.Nice colour.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar
nice jugle composition, TFS Ori
a reallly bird with nice color....
- [2014-07-09 9:16]
HI Satirtha,magnificent specie and excellent capture despite the distance and the difficult location,a great beauty caught with the best detail and natural colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
- [2014-07-09 23:49]
very exciting to be able to catch this pleasant and special bird. Nicely shown with its long tails and nice colors of the head.