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Lockdown Memories Continues, Wildlife Photography from Rooftop

Lockdown Memories Continues

Wildlife Photography from Rooftop (Part 2)

Also see: Lockdown Memories (Part 1)

Lock, unlock, lock… and the process goes on and on. It has been over four months since the lockdown started on mid-March 2020 and things are yet to come to normal. We have got adjusted to our modified routines. I still spend a couple of hours in the evening spotting and photographing birds and other wildlife from my residence terrace in Salt Lake, Kolkata.

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Oriental magpie Robin

I uploaded my first blog post in mid-June and the list of wildlife spotted was as follows:

  1. Chestnut Tailed Starling or Grey Headed Myna (কাঠ শালিক) (Sturnia malabarica)
  2. Red Vented Bulbul (বাংলা বুলবুল) (Pycnonotus cafer)
  3. Oriental Magpie Robin (দোয়েল পাখি) (Copsychus saularis)
  4. Purple Sunbird (দুর্গা টুনটুনি) (Cinnyris asiaticus)
  5. Black Hooded Oriole (কালোমাথা বেনেবউ) (Oriolus xanthornus)

The second phase continued with the spotting of more birds and other wildlife, this new list includes:

  1. Coppersmith Barbet (ছোট বসন্ত বৌরি) (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
  2. Blue Throated Barbet (বড় বসন্ত বৌরি) (Psilopogon asiaticus)
  3. Rose Ringed Parakeet (সবুজ টিয়া) (Psittacula krameri)
  4. Indian Flying Fox (বড় বাদুর) (Pteropus medius)

As the lockdown continued I started concentrating on new birds and photographing them. But I continued photographing the birds which have already been photographed and tried to catch them in different pose and action.

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A Purple Sunbird (female) hovers in the air

My favourite has always been the Purple Sunbird and photographing them hovering in the air was definitely a challenge. After repeated failures, I finally managed to catch the tiny bird floating in the air with the rapid flapping of wings.

Purple Sunbird Slideshow

The male version has a bright shade of purple but it starts fading after the mating session in June. It turns pale green and yellow with purple spots. The female always spots the colour of pale green and yellow.

The most common bird of this period was the Rose Ringed Parakeet. They were attracted by the guavas and I had a guava tree located just in front of my house. They normally came in pairs. They are also spotted in groups and feed on the guavas.

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Rose Ringed Parakeet (male)

The male parakeets have a bright red stripe in the back of their neck and hence the name, in the front part of the neck the strip is black in colour. On the other hand, females don’t have any neck stripes at all.

Rose Ringed Parakeet Slide show

They spend a long time feeding on the guavas providing ample time for photography and being larger birds they are easily photographed. But catching a rose ringed parakeet taking off or in flight is a difficult shot and I am still unable to capture one.

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Coppersmith Barbet

Coopersmith Barbet was definitely an interesting catch. The small little green bird camouflages with the green leaves making it difficult to spot and even more difficult to photograph. The green coloured bird has a red head, yellow cheeks and a yellow throat. Its underparts are streaked in grey and black.

Coppersmith Barbet Slideshow

It has a distinctive loud metallic call of tuk, tuk, tuk…, which somewhat represents a hammer striking a copper sheet and hence the name. The uniqueness of the call makes it easier to spot the small green bird.

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Blue Throated Barbet

The Blue Throated Barbet is also green in colour and has blue throat and cheeks along with a red forehead. It is slightly bigger than the coppersmith barbet and has a brighter shade of green.

Blue Throated Barbet Slideshow

Some of the days I stayed back in the terrace long after sunset watching the stars playing hide and seek with the clouds. I am yet to try my hands-on astronomy photography but do have plans for it.

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Indian Flying Fox in flight

During this time I often spotted large bats gently flying across the sky with slow wing movements. A quick internet search revealed that these bats are known as Indian Flying Fox, and their wingspan can reach up to 5 feet.

Indian Flying Fox in flight Slideshow

Closer observation revealed that they are spotted well before sunset and it made photography much easier. They also have a face similar to a fox and hence the name Flying Fox.

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Indian Flying Fox feeding on guava

Strangely this giant bats are totally vegetarian and survives mainly on fruit and are also known as Fruits Bats. They are often spotted eating fruits like mango, papaya and guavas but this normally happens late in the night making photography impossible.

Indian Flying Fox eating guavas Slideshow

But my lockdown wildlife photography luck has always been good and I was lucky enough to spot a giant Indian Flying Fox feeding of the guavas from the tree in front of my house. It was well before sunset and there was ample light to shoot the gigantic beast.

The lockdown wildlife photography was definitely a learning experience and I definitely want to continue with it but before that I want things to become normal. Lets all hope for a Covid 19 free world with no more lockdowns.

See Also:     Lockdown Memories 1

  1. July 29, 2020 at 12:10 AM

    Great captures!!

  2. August 1, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    the pictures are nicely captured .keep it up

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