Eudynamys scolopaceus (Female)
|Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58)
|Date Taken: 2013-01-23|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-02-09 12:34|
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|I photographed this female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)in the late afternoon just when the sun had considerably slanted to the west to set.The left to right light was bright and harsh.One gets rare opportunities to shoot these elusive ( and not illusive......thanks Ron--tuslaw--- for indirectly pointing to my mistake, stand obliged, sir...smile) birds, for they are parasites and often sit hidden in dense foliage to get away from crows and mynahs. Their approach towards the fruit trees or other feeding places is a stealthy one and koels are very wary too.However, I often see a pair at the college which comes to feed the dates of Chinese Fan Palm.|
This shot is the second of a series which I was able to take when this female provided me with an opportunity to get my fill shooting her.No matter how malicious seemingly, I love these birds and their tactics of survival.
The Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is found in South Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. It forms a superspecies with the closely related Black-billed and Pacific Koels which are sometimes treated as subspecies. The Asian Koel is a brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of crows and other hosts, who raise its young. They are unusual among the cuckoos in being largely frugivorous as adults. The name koel is echoic in origin with several language variants. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry.
Adult male of nominate race (West Bengal, India) showing the crimson iris. Young birds have dark irides.
The Asian Koel is a large, long-tailed, cuckoo measuring 39–46 cm (15–18 in) and weighing 190–327 g (6.7–11.5 oz). The male of the nominate race is glossy bluish-black, with a pale greenish grey bill, the iris is crimson, and it has grey legs and feet. The female of the nominate race is brownish on the crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots. The underparts are whitish, but is heavily striped. The other subspecies differ in colouration and size. The upper plumage of young birds is more like that of the male and they have a black beak. They are very vocal during the breeding season (March to August in South Asia), with a range of different calls. The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. The female makes a shrill kik-kik-kik... call. Calls vary across populations.
They show a pattern of moult that differs from those of other parasitic cuckoos. The outer primaries show a transilient (alternating) ascending moult (P9-7-5-10-8-6) while the inner primaries are moulted in stepwise descending order (1-2-3-4).(Payne citing Stresemann and Stresemann 1961.(Wikipedia)
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Ciao Abid, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2013-02-09 14:38]
Excellent photo of this Koel in good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a nice POV against a pleasant background.
- [2013-02-09 15:15]
Hi Abid,a beautiful capture of this big and strange bird,the plumage design is a great spectacle to see,especially whit these great details,perfect colors and exposure too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
merhaba Syed Abid
Ten days ago, I saw male of this pretty bird in Oman for the first and last time. Unfurtunately I couldnt take it. You are lucky to see and capture with a great shot. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Best salaam from Turkiye
- [2013-02-09 20:06]
Great capture!! As soon as I viewed your image I thought to myself..this looks like a type of cuckoo..I was thrilled to see it is.
You have done a fine job of photographing this elusive bird. Your college seems to give you some unique chances at seeing some very interesting birds.
Love the markings and camouflaged patterns in it's plumage as well as attractive colors. Well done!!
Sounds like it was a stealth capture. 70mm you must be very close. Excellent capture considering the light. Great POV, detail, sharpness, and eye contact. Very colourful natural scene.
Thanks for sharing
very good picture with many details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou