I travelled to Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary last week with a friend in the hope of photographing a few birds. The last time I had visited the place was in March earlier this year and I was hoping that I would be able to continue on the good run I had back then. Surprisingly however, the park was much quieter and apart from the storks and the cormorants in the lake there seemed to be few other birds to spot to my untrained eye.
As I was walking along the moat that has been constructed along the banks of the lake I suddenly came upon this beauty. The bird was seated well inside the neem tree and was balancing itself on its perch against the strong winds. From my initial position it was almost impossible to see the bird in good light and it was only after considerable kneeling and sliding down on the other side of the moat that I managed to finally get a few shots in good light.
Being no birding expert I could not immediately identify the bird. Being perched well inside the tree it was almost impossible for me to get a clear shot and there was always a twig or two that was in the foreground. The first shot shows just how much foliage I had to get out of the frame before I could get a clear shot at the bird.
The bird (who I eventually deduced to be a Shikra- I find it impossible to identify some species of birds to be of one type or the other- clearly I am a novice) however, seemed to be very patient and posed for a full five minutes (my calf muscles were screaming by this time because of the weird position that I had taken up) before disappearing.
The Shikra made my trip to Vedanthangal memorable and satisfying!