Sunday, December 29, 2013

Birds at Lotus Pond, Hyderabad

The Lotus Pond in Hyderabad (near Apollo Hospital) in Banjara Hills is a quiet and not a very huge pond maintained in the heart of the city amidst residential area all around it.

The pond also enjoys a dense covering of trees and shrubbery all around it which has enabled a fair number of birds to make their homes in the same; despite the presence of human beings.

Here are some of the birds captured -
(As always, click on any pic to watch enlarged or as a slide show. Nomenclature help/correction is always welcome.)

Hmm, its time for my breakfast!

Ok, which of these should I choose?

This one looks the biggest!! Hanging upside down is bird's play for me.

Gotcha!! Yummy!!!
There were a large number of sunbirds but they are notoriously difficult to capture on camera since they are extremely active and fleet-footed (fleet-winged, should I say?) and don't stay at a point for more than a few moments.

Purple Rumped Sunbird
Boy, I wouldn't want to be on the the end of that beak!

Another sunbird
Ashy Prinia
Lengthier tail and shorter beak as compared to a sunbird
There was an interesting battle going on between this fellow (with his brothers) below against some of the smaller sunbirds on one of the trees. The sunbirds persistently tried to harry the Koel but to no avail, and instead had to flee when the koel took a threatening step towards them.

A male Koel?
Coppersmith Barbet?
Plenty to eat!

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Female
Even more to eat!
Purple Sunbird
Couldn't get a clearer shot.
Spotted Dove

Mama Duck and Baby duck basking in the morning sun

A pair of Red-Wattled Lapwings

A cormorant and Red-Wattled Lapwing not talking to each other

Cormorants, practising symmetric swimming for the Birdalympics