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M.N Jayakumar’s ongoing show at Sublime Galleria refreshes a viewer’s soul. He has expertly caught various birds and narrated them in a series of photographs. The compositions and the artistic quality rendered in picture is beautiful. Read on further to learn more about a few birds from this series.
Dancing Peacock, Bandipur National Park
The dancing peacock, a picture shot at the right moment capturing the riot of colours. This majestic creature apart from being famous as our national bird it is also one of the most stunning looking birds. The royal blue on its breast and head gear almost makes it regal. Although we humans have tried to replicate this, it’s hard to reach this kind of perfection of splendour which crosses all gender boundaries of what defines beauty.
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, outskirts of Bangalore
The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher is often found in the South-East Asia from India to Indonesia, Nepal and Burma. They are insectivorous. They love to feed on worms, termites, earwigs, flying insects etc. They are rarely caught on camera as they are tad bit wary and shy. They prefer thick shrubs and dense forest areas to live in. They love to hang around wooded streams and feed. The photographer seems to have been patient to have found this on the outskirts of Bangalore.
Plum-headed Parakeet, Western Ghats
This gregarious bird is found primarily in the Indian subcontinent. The male of the species is featured in the photograph here. They are often poached as pets. This is primarily because they breed easily in city gardens almost as much as they do in forests and woodlands. They are friendly and can easily be taught to make specific sounds and also to talk. They love interaction.
Red Avadavat picking nesting material, Hampi
They are small birds about the size of sparrows and are known to be poached heavily as pets especially for their colour. They live mainly in grasslands and plains. Although they feed on grass seeds they also eat insects. They usually flock together in the wild. They build round nests using blades of grass.
Collared Kingfisher, Sundarbans - 1
These birds are found in different parts of the world. They have many sub species. They feed primarily on frogs, crabs, fish, insects and sometimes smaller birds too. They are patient hunters. They have loud almost metallic sounding calls.
Trio of Red-whiskered Bulbuls feeding, outskirts of Bangalore
These are most commonly found in Bangalore. They usually perch on trees and shrubs and electrical wires inconspicuously and one can hear their loud calls more often them seeing them. They feed on insects, berries and nectar. They are social birds. During the breeding season they are always in clusters and they protect the territory up to 3000 sq. mts.
White-cheeked Barbet, outskirts of Bangalore
Barbets are often found in Bangalore’s green areas. They breed in city gardens too. They have different calls for different occasions from long loud calls to short ones. They feed on fruits and get most of their water requirements fulfilled through this. They live in small tree holes sometimes carved by them. They breed from December to June. They help in pollination as they feed on nectar from flowers too.
Greater Flamingo, Coastal Gujarat
These wonderfully coloured birds are found in many coastal areas across the world. They are large birds that feed on shrimp, molluscs, blue green algae and insects. They have an average life span of 60 years. They live in flocks. Their biggest threat is polluted water and toxins through food. They have been bred in captivity too. The oldest known captive Flamingo lived for 83 years.