Kingfisher Fishing in Kanha National Park and other birds of India

Common Kingfisher ready for take off

My favorite birds to watch during the safari were the kingfishers.  They have beautiful colors and watching them fish was amazing.  It required a lot of patience to get these photographs because they are very quick and pretty small targets to shoot.  However, after studying their behavior for a while you could sense when they were about to fly off to attack their prey.  They also had a tendency to return to them same perch to start a new attack run if the previous one wasn’t successful.  With a lot of patience, a little bit of skill and a lot of luck I got one of my favorite shots of the trip (above).  I was also able to get this amazing sequence of a common kingfisher catching a little fish.

He missed that time around but he kept on hunting and eventually got the little fish.  He didn’t share it with his mate hanging out next to him though.  Selfish bird :(

Common Kingfisher caught a fish (but didn't share it with his mate)

I also got a very sharp shot of a white breasted kingfisher with its third eyelid (nictitating membrane) closed.  Obviously is was pure luck I got this shot because there is no way you can time the shutter with a blink.  I looked online and I haven’t been able to find another picture of this bird with its third eyelid closed.  I’m sure I’m not the first to capture this photo but I can pretend until someone shows me another pic :)

white breasted kingfisher with 3rd eyelid closed

Another cool trick in the bird world comes from the owl.  Wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this?

Owl Head | No Owl Head

A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a picture of a peacock.  These things were everywhere and they are very, very noisy.  This was mating season so we saw a lot of displays like this.  Males in the peacock world sure do go through a lot of trouble to attract a mate.


Some more favorite bird pics from our trip to India.

stay tuned because I’m almost finished processing the tiger pictures.  They will be posted shortly.

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