Nature,  Travel

The Birds of India

India is known many things including famous monuments (Taj Mahal), palaces, cultural diversity across its many states, and spiritualism.  In addition, India is also a terrific destination for birders and bird photographers.  

Green Bee Eater

Green Bee Eater

The preliminary results of the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) has shown that India has the largest number of bird species in the world with 819 species.

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul

After several trips to India I found that many of the bird species in India were very unique and colorful. 

Purple-rumped Sunbird

Purple-rumped Sunbird

The birds are also readily available.  While India has numerous bird sanctuaries and national parks, many of the birds that I photographed were taken on the hotel grounds where I stayed.

Male Indian Cuckoo

Male Indian Cuckoo

Since India mainly has a tropical climate, many hotels maintain gardens and walking paths where birds can be photographed right on the hotel grounds.  This was the case with the hotel that I stayed at in Hyderabad.  Each morning prior to work, I walked the grounds watching and photographing these interesting and beautiful birds.

Ashy Prinia in the Leaves

Ashy Prinia

One word of warning on traveling with photo equipment in India, many Indian airlines have restrictions on both checked and carry on baggage.  I have started bringing a micro four thirds camera system and lenses to due to these travel restrictions.

House Crow, India

House Crow

All of the photos included in this blog were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0 – 5.6 lens.  I admit that some of the photos in the blog are not my best quality, but I wanted to showcase the variety of birds to be found on the Indian subcontinent.

Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove

Indian Silverbill

Indian Silverbill

Indian Robin on a Post

Indian Robin on a Post

Greater Coucal

Greater Coucal

Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

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