Feb 26, 2010

Birds of prey!

This post has been altered on 2nd March after a valuable feedback from another blogger.

At first we, Dr. Ajay Pradhan & I believed that this bird I'd spotted is the  The Red-necked Falcon or Red-headed Merlin (Falco chicquera). However, a kind reader and fellow-blogger Thomas, whose a veteran nature enthusiast, pointed out that we were mistaken.

This bird here is in fact the Shikra  (adult male) and not the Turumti!

As of now I'm extremely thrilled to have spotted a bird of prey. And I have actually also been able to click a fantastic picture within its brief moment of perch.

WOW!! Isn't this a price catch of sorts?
" Just look at the details..the red eye..super Vibhuti!" were the words of praise from Ajay!

The Shikra or The Little Banded Goshawk (Accipiter badius) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors like the eagle, buzzard and the harrier. This bird is a small raptor (26–30cm long), a widespread resident breeder in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Shikra's hunting technique is similar to that of other small hawks. It mainly preys on lizards, dragonflys, small birds and mammals.The call is a bi-syllabled whistle titu.
The Shikra used to be a favourite raptor amongst the falconers in India, due to the ease with it could be trained and was frequently used to procure food for the more prized falcons. On the fist it was carried unhooded, and released with the belly resting on the palm and wings held around the base.
I just can't get over the blood red eyes that stared at me. 
Hoping to see you again friend!!

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