The Little Green Bee Eater

One of the best “thrills” of bird watching is when you take a first timer along and show them the ropes. And a bee eater always draws the best reaction. It always amuses me to  see their reaction when you tell them that these birds solely survive on insects that they catch on the wing or that in some parts of the country, they are more abundant that the common crow.

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This little fellow let me get really up close. I was barely five feet away when i took this picture. It tells us how used to humans these birds are. Not entirely sure if thats a good thing though.

The Wire Tailed

Probably one of the most  difficult birds to shoot while in flight, the wire tailed swallow is certainly one of the most stunning birds out there and I was lucky to find a whole flock of them!IMG_1815.JPG

A wholly remarkable fact about this bird is that it catches all of its food in flight and does not pick up insects that are resting on the ground – very much like the little green bee eater. This also means that the swallow is very swift in flight and manovuers in tight circles making it almost impossible to get a flight shot!

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Peekaboo!

It’s always thrilling to take a walk on a wild trail. One never knows what’s around the corner. I was walking back after an exciting birding session when I saw this guy checking me out! I think he was as nervous as I was and had popped his head out of the burrow to see if I was any threat. Not wanting to make him any more nervous than he already was, I quickly took a few pictures and moved on.

And yes, he is an Indian rat snake.

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The antlion

When i first learned of its name, I thought there has been a mistake. The insect in the picture does not do justice to such a ferocious name. It has a slender, beautiful body with delicate wings and big round eyes and does not come across as a ferocious predator. Turns out, I’m right (well, at least partially).IMG_9619.JPG

The adult antlion (the one you see in the picture) feeds on nectar and pollen. The “lion” in its name comes more because of it’s larval stage when it traps and hunts many soft bodied insects that wander near its pit.