Photography by Ranjit Singh Nature never ceases to surprise us. There are beautiful birds, plants, flowers, snow capped peaks, deserts. It is dynamic and photography is means to freeze a few of its beautiful moments

House Sparrows

These are the pictures of house sparrows. Once, not long ago, these chirping birds were ubiquitous in the houses in the villages. As the urbanisation replaced the mud houses with pucca concrete houses, they did not find any places or awnings to make nests. They fled and were almost invisible. I bet many of the younger generation have not seen them.

Still they are there in villages and areas where patches of village life exist. Following are the pcitures of them found at Gaur City, Noida near Delhi.

House Sparrows

White throated Kingfisher pictures

White Throated Kingfisher is a beautiful bird. It has a very long and strong beak to catch and get hold of its prey. Prey include fishes which it catches with dive into water in ponds. It also catches rodents and other small animals. It is found near the water bodies.

White Throated Kingfisher

White Throated Kingfisher

from its backside.

Frontside white chest

Green Bee Eater

The green bee-eater ) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It's scientifically called Merops orientalis. It is resident but prone to seasonal movements and is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and the Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam.They are mainly insect eaters and they are found in grassland, thin scrub and forest often quite far from water. Several regional plumage variations are known and several subspecies have been named. It is very small in size and sometimes looks like a small parrot.

A pair

Red Wattled Lapwing 

This is plover family bird. It has red coloured wattles near its beak. It is very edgy bird always making alarming calls. It lays eggs on the open ground with nest made of grass, pebbles and other such materials. The colour of eggs matches the pebbles. It always chases frantically the birds like kite, crows, hawks and animals like dogs who are in wait for eating the eggs. They usually stand with one leg folded around the other. They are known to be feeding even during moonlit lights in addition to the usual day feeding. Here are some pictures

Sitting on the eggs
Standing on one leg on hot surface

A visit to city park, Noida

Located about 25 kilometres from Gaur City Noida is the beautiful park. It is a very huge park having abundance of greenery. There are trees and bushes. Particularly, the firebush tree was in bloom with bunches of tubular flowers. There were a great crowd of sunbirds sucking at flowers. They are purple sunbirds. They are so tiny that they are difficult to locate has it not for their typical calls and purple colour of males. Females are entirely different in color not easy to locate.

Then there were other birds and butterflies. There were lots of planted flowers plants. But not many of visitors were there. It will take a whole day to walk slowly around the entire park for photography.

A view of small portion
Flower beds
A female cuckoo on a tree branch
A Shikra
Female Sunbird
Male Sunbird (Purple Sunbird)

Bird pictures taken in and around Noida near Delhi

I visited Noida and as usual went around my staying place. Best thing to explore any place for discovering the nature is to walk. Soon I found that there were some good birds in the trees , boundary wire, on poles and bushes. Surprisingly some birds were such which are found near water bodies. For example lapwing, kingfisher and green bee eater. I discovered that the place was a village land and still there were two ponds.

I went there in the mornings when it was slightly cooler and got some good bird pictures. Here are some of them

Chick of Pipit
Plain Prinia
Red vented Bulbul
White throated Kingfisher
Female Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Pied myna
A black Kite
A visit to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Okhla bird sanctuary is situated on the banks of Yamuna river in Delhi. The river is considered very sacred along with Ganga. Its water was very clean. But now it has become a cesspool. In fact, looking at the flow upstream in Uttrakhand, it is doubtful wether the same water is reaching at Delhi. The water is blackish in color. The problem as everywhere else in India has been caused by dumping of untreated effluents from industries along the banks.

I have come to delhi for some work and thought that let me visit the sanctuary. It was odd time as i reached there around noon. Heat was too much. I didn't find a single water bird. There were lots of crows and jungle babblers. Parrots were also there nibbling at acacia pods. There were kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings and peacock. I could hear the partridges and coucal. There were orioles and barbets. Since it was very hot, there were not many birds. They may be there at the far end which was difficult to reach on foot in the scorching heat. Overall it was a disappointment but still i managed to get some pictures.

A dragonfly
Green pigeon
A white throated Kingfisher
A rose ringed Parrot
Female sunbird
Jungle Babbler
Man made nest

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