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Kuldeep Chaudhari

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Greater Goldenback - Female The greater flameback (Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus) also known as greater goldenback, large golden-backed woodpecker or Malherbe's golden-backed woodpecker occurs widely in the Indian subcontinent, eastwards to southern China, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, western and central Java and northeast Borneo. Like other woodpeckers, the greater flameback uses its bill to dig out food from trees and its zygodactyl feet and stiff tail to provide support against tree trunks. The long tongue can be darted forward to extract wood-boring arthropod prey; while mainly feeding on small invertebrates, greater flamebacks will also drink nectar. They nest in tree holes, laying three or four white eggs. . . . #wildlifphotography #birdphotography #birdingfriends #birding #birdwatching #pocket_birds #indianwildlifeofficial #eye_spy_birds #woodpecker #forest #planetearth #wild #avian #birds_adored #birdsofinstagram #travelphotography #naturephotography #birds_ig #bird_captures #india #westernghats #your_best_birds #thebirdingsquad #coonoor #

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Common Kingfisher - arguably the best diver in the world. . . A challenge for any diving bird is the change in refraction between air and water. The eyes of many birds have two foveae (the fovea is the area of the retina the greatest density of light receptors), and a kingfisher is able to switch from the main central fovea to the auxiliary fovea when it enters water; a retinal streak of high receptor density which connects the two foveae allows the image to swing temporally as the bird drops onto the prey. The egg-shaped lens of the eye points towards the auxiliary fovea, enabling the bird to maintain visual acuity underwater. Because of the positions of the foveae, the kingfisher has monocular vision in air, and binocular vision in water. The underwater vision is not as a sharp as in air, but the ability to judge the distance of moving prey is more important than the sharpness of the image. Each cone cell of a bird’s retina contains an oil droplet which may contain carotenoid pigments. These droplets enhance colour vision and reduce glare. Aquatic kingfishers have high numbers of red pigments in their oil droplets; the reason red droplets predominate is not understood, but the droplets may help with the glare or the dispersion of light from particulate matter in the water. . . Photographed on the most basic Nikon gear. . . #wildlifphotography #naturephotography #birdphotography #birds_adored #pocket_birds #birdinflight #birdingfriends #birdsofinstagram #kingfisher #birds_adored #bird_captures #indianwildlifeofficial #planetearth #birding #birdwatching #nikon #nikonindia #wild #india #your_best_birds #bestbirdshots

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Indian Paradise Flycatcher- Male . . The Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia that is widely distributed. Indian paradise flycatchers are noisy birds uttering sharp skreek calls. They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. They are insectivorous and hunt in flight in the understorey. In the afternoons they dive from perches to bathe in small pools of water. They are migratory and spend the winter season in tropical Asia. There are resident populations in southern India and Sri Lanka, hence both visiting migrants and the locally breeding subspecies occur in these areas in winter. . . #wildlifphotography #birdphotography #birdingfriends #birding #birdwatching #pocket_birds #indianwildlifeofficial #eye_spy_birds #flycatcher #indianparadiseflycatcher #forest #planetearth #wild #avian #birds_adored #birdsofinstagram #vasai #travelphotography #naturephotography #birds_ig #bird_captures #india #maharashtra #westernghats

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Monsoon is here and so are the visitors. Pied/Jacobin Cuckoo . . The Jacobin cuckoo, pied cuckoo, or pied crested cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival. It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the chatak (Sanskrit: चातक) represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst. . . #birding #wildlifphotography #birdphotography #naturephotography #monsoon #birdwatching #eye_spy_birds #birdsofinstagram #bestbirdshots #birds_adored #birds_ig #biodiversity #ecology #weather #migration #cuckoo #planetearth #chatak #pocket_birds #travelphotography #traveldiaries #wanderlust #vasai #mumbai #maharashtra #incredibleindia #india #indianwildlifeofficial

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King of forts and fort of the king- Rajgad Rajgad (Ruling Fort) is a hill fort situated in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. Formerly known as Murumdev, the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharajfor almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort. Treasures discovered from an adjacent fort was used to completely build and fortify the Rajgad Fort. . . #landscape #landscpephotography #naturephotography #mountaineering #backpacking #trekking #hiking #adventuresports #adrenaline #travelphotography #forests #conservation #planetearth #unesco #unescoworldheritagesite #india #incredibleindia #maharashtra #colours #history #heritage #outdoors #westernghats #sahyadri #rajgad #pune #marathaempire #shivajimaharaj

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Emerald Dove The common emerald dove is the state bird of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This is a common species in rainforest and similar dense wet woodlands, farms, gardens, mangroves and coastal heaths. It builds a scant stick nest in a tree up to five metres and lays two cream-coloured eggs. Its flight is fast and direct, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general. It often flies low between the patches of dense forest it prefers, but when disturbed will frequently walk away rather than fly. . . . #birding #birdphotography #naturephotography #wildlifphotography #birdsofinstagram #birdwatching #planetearth #emeralddove #traveldiaries #biodiversity #ecology #ecosystem #ooty #incredibleindia #indianwildlifeofficial #birds_adored #eye_spy_birds #pocket_birds #wild #avian #birds

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