Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marsh Harrier

The western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), often simply called the marsh harrier, breeds widely across Europe and Asia . It is migratory except in the mildest regions, and winters mainly in Africa. It hunts small mammalsfrogs fish insects and birds, surprising them as it drifts low over fields and reedbeds.
Its long legs allow it to pluck frogs and fish from the water mid-swoop. The western marsh harrier is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low flight. It also resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages, but its plumages are quite different from those of its relatives.
The male has wings with grey and brown sections and black wingtips. Its head, tail and underparts are greyish, except for the chestnut belly. The female is mainly brown with a cream crown and cream leading edge to her wings. It is 19-22 inches long and weighs 1-2 lbs.==============
 REF Wikipedia========
A lifer for e When seen in Yamuna Bio Diversity  Park Delhi=== Dec 27 2015, Delhi

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ferruginous Duck

The ferruginous duck, also ferruginous pochard (Aythya nyroca) is a medium-sized diving duckfrom Eurasia .The species is known colloquially by birders as "fudge duck".
Their breeding habitat is marshes and lakes with a metre or more water depth.These ducks breed in southern and eastern Europe and southern and western Asia.They are somewhat migratory, and winter farther south and into north Africa.
The adult male is a rich chestnut colour with a darker back and a yellow eye.The pure white undertail helps to distinguish this species from the somewhat similar tufted duck .The female is similar but duller, and with a dark eye.
These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks, such as tufted ducks and common pochards.Hybrids between this species and the common pochard are sometimes referred to as "Paget's pochard".
These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling.They eat aquatic plants with some molluscs , aquatic insects and small fish.They often feed at night, and will upend (   Source WIKIPEDIA)
 These elusive bird found in Yamuna Bio Diversity Park.      IUCN category== NearThreatened

 Photo === Dec 22, 2015  Yamuna Bio Diversity Park, Delhi

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Great Crested Grabe

 Great Crested Grabe== Search fish by diving inside water, found in fresh water lake Dam. First Sigting by myself in Delhi.=======
     Photo Dec 27 Yamuna Bio Diversity Park Delhi

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Deer Park Delhi

Deer Park Delhi lake attracts migratory bird passing through Southern Ridge. I visited the park along with my friend  to just check and quite surprised to see approx 60 Northern Shovler (Centre , having beak like shovel, green neck,head ) Northern Pintail  4 ( 1st ,a distinctive white lie/patch from neck ,choclate head )   and a single Grey lag Geese  ( 3 , beak  pink Color .

Hope to see more species in Jan 2016================== Photo 27 Dec 2015, Delhi

Friday, December 25, 2015


Bar headed Geese=== सवन हंस  एक बड़ा और सुंदर दो काले लाइनों सिर पर, चोंच और पैर नारंगी रंग वाला बत्तक है . भोजन के लिए हरी पत्तो ,घास  नर्म हरियाली वाले इलाको  रात्रि में ज्यादा भोजन करते है और दिन किसी जलप्लावित नदी, बड़े  तालाब , झीलों में बिताते हैं , दुर्भाग्य से नजफगढ़ झील से बदलकर नाले में तब्दील हो गई है , यह कुछ समय में महसूस कर वहां से कहीं और चल देती है /
============= 22nd Nov 2015 Najafgarh Drain , Delhi

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Eurasian wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon arrived in Delhi in 3rd week of Nov 2015.   U may find it in Yamuna Bio Diversity or najafgarh Drain or Hauzkhas Lake, may be in Rajghat Area.

Photo 21st Nov 2015 , Delhi

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Egyptian Vulture

 Egyptian Vulture used to come to DElhi in winter, U may find them near Yamuna Bank ================= The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), also called the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh's chicken, is a small Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Neophron. It is widely distributed; the Egyptian vulture is found from southwestern Europe and northern Africa to India .
The contrasting underwing pattern and wedge-shaped tail make it distinctive in flight as it soars in thermals during the warmer parts of the day. Egyptian vultures feed mainly on carrion but are opportunistic and will prey on small mammals, birds, and reptiles.
They also feed on the eggs of other birds, breaking larger ones by tossing a large pebble onto them. The use of tools is rare in birds and apart from the use of a pebble as a hammer, Egyptian vultures also use twigs to roll up wool for use in their nest.
Egyptian vultures that breed in the temperate regions migrate south in winter while tropical populations are relatively sedentary. Populations of this species have declined in the 20th century and some island populations are endangered by hunting, accidental poisoning, and collision with power lines.===== (reference wikipedia)

IUCN list= Threatned Species (Red)

All Photo == 15th November, 2015 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Red Avadvat

Red Avadvat== Lal Munia In (HINDI )===
लाल मुनिया एक सुंदर ,गोरैया से छोटी ,सी सी की आवाज़ वाली चिड़िया है , जिनका अवैध व्यापर होता है , दिल्ली में इसे जल प्लावित जगहों में खासकर यमुना की किनारे आप देख सकते हैं ,वैसे इसे अरावली,रोहिणी नरेला के नाहर के किनारे , यमुना के किनारे , डेल्ही सचिवालय ,राजघाट के आसपास भी देखा है ,
The red avadavat, red munia or strawberry finch (Amandava amandava) is a sparrow-sized bird of the Estrildidae family. It is found in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia and is popular as a cage bird due to the colourful plumage of the males in their breeding season. It breeds in the Indian Subcontinent in the monsoon season. The species name of amandava and the common name of avadavatare derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times.[2][3]


This small finch is easily identified by the rounded black tail and the bill that is seasonally red. The rump is red and the breeding male is red on most of the upper parts except for a black eye-stripe, lower belly and wings. There are white spots on the red body and wing feathers. The non-breeding male is duller but has the red-rump while the female is duller with less of the white spotting on the feathers.[4][5]
REF-------- WIKIPEDIA========
 फोटो-    OCT. .2015    Yamuna Bio Diversity

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Common Pochard

Common Pochard == The first Group of Migratory birds arrived in Delhi

The common pochard (Aythya ferina) is a medium-sized diving duck.
The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill-band. The triangular head shape is distinctive. Pochards are superficially similar to the closely related North American redhead and canvasback.
Females give hoarse growls. Males have whistles cut off by a final nasal note aaoo-oo-haa.
Their breeding habitat consists of marshes and lakes with a metre or more water depth. Pochards breed in much of temperate and northern Europe into Asia. They are migratory, and spend winter in the southern and west of Europe.
These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks such as the tufted duck, with which they are known to hybridise.
These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants with some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. They often feed at night, and will up-end for food as well as the more characteristic diving  Source WIKIPEDIA+++++++++++++++++++
Photo. Nov 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle is normally seen in Forest like Corbett, Betla and other wild sanctuaries. I never hoped to see it in Delhi . Yesterday I was surprised to see it sitting on a dry tree searching probably the snake.
                                 The spotted underbelly helps in identifying this predator.
 Near Yamuna Bio-diversity , Delhi 1st Nov 2015.

सांपमार चील=== पहाड़ियों, जंगले और झारीदार जंगल ,मैदानों ,खेती वाले इलाको में  , जलस्रोतो के आसपास, सांप ,मेढक ,गिरगिट को तलाश ,किसी पेड़ पर चुपचाप बैठ कर देखता और झपट्टा मार कर शिकार करता है / इस पक्षी को दिल्ली में देखना होगा ऐसा कभी सोंचा न था , पर मेहनत, दोस्तों का उत्साह और पाठको को परोसना मेरा सवभाव बन गया है , धन्यवाद्

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Greater Painted Snipe

 Greater  Snipe
Greater Painted Snipe ( Male)  = राज चहा=This bird can be seen near waterbodies,having marshes,vegetated pools and stream banks. Difficult to find out as it prefers to merge itself in marshes ,elephant grassand due to small size( 25 cm), color,wings pattern, slow movement U  Have to wait silently for hours, However I was Lucky to see it in a seculeded water -body near Yamuna.
                 I could not spot any Female Greater Snipe which is more Colorful than the Male, Hope to see next time:

Photo= Waterbody in Agri Field, Yamuna Wazirabad,  18  OCT. 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel is a migratory bird for Delhi,used to visit in winter ,the feather is wooden color having choclate color spot. The bird visit open land i.e Grassland,agrifield in search of Mice . These birds are used to control Mice in Israel by providing a nest in agricultural field. I could not take good shot due to shadow and the shorr time. Hope for abetter shot next time .
             Photo=== 2nd Oct 2015,  Agro field, near Yamuna Bio- Diversity Park, Yamuna River Delhi

सामान्य नर्जी ==== किसानो का मित्र क्योंकि चूहों ,टिड्डियो को सफाए करने में मददगार है , इजराइल में इसे किसान पालते है और खेतो में इनके घोसले बना कर  रखते है , प्रजनन हिमालय में पर शीतकाल में पुरे भारत में घूमता है खासकर खेतो और खुले मैदानों में , यह चित्र यमुना के किनारे गाँव जगतपुर के खेतो में चुप चाप अपने शिकार की तलाश में बैठे इसी पक्षी का है , सिर्फ ३ मिनट और यह शिकार की तलाश में उड़ गया ====  अक्टूबर २०१५ दिल्ली

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sirkeer Malkoha

Sirkeer Malkoha a bird always like to save itself in bushes,canopy and constantly moving. I was lucky to get the close-up shot
                                                     Photo = Sept. 2015, Aravali Bio-Diversity Park, New Delhi

Monday, August 31, 2015

Aravali Bio-Diversity Park

 Aravali Bio Diversity is situated between Vasant Vihar and Vasant Kunj , Two hours of tracking was very fruitful as so many birds found . some are photographed, some could not . It was heartening to see nest of Baya weaver and sightig of red Munia ,As the season is fit for butterflies, dragon fly and insect , birds fond of insect like bee eater , Drongo , Indian Roller, shriek ,Bulbul ( 3 ) types can be seen . Best DaY to visit == Sunday as it is open from 05 AM to 08 PM