Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 1, 2017

Van Vihar National Park

Filed under: Birds,Japan — steve_happ @ 2:21 pm

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Bhopal was the last place that I expected to shoot more than 600 photos. I think I had 8 left on the card at the end of the day. Bhopal is actually a pretty nice city. They have this huge lake right in the middle and an incredible National Park on the doorstep.

Indian paradise flycatcher - female
Indian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) female

I just managed to get this shot of a female Indian Paradise-flycatcher. They jump around like rabbits inside the under-brush so it is hard to get a bead on them. Note. Used to be Asian Paradise Flycatcher but split. “Until 2015, the Indian paradise flycatcher, the Oriental paradise flycatcher, and the Amur paradise flycatcher were all considered conspecific, and together called the Asian paradise flycatcher.” (wiki). There are 3 races, the nominate in Central India, the Himalayan up north and the Ceylon one.

Eurasian Golden Oriole
Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)

I knew I had an oriole when I photographed this one, but just was not sure exactly which one. It is a new one.

Bronzed Drongo
Black Dongo

There are heaps of Black Drongos around everywhere in India. They are very common. This one caught my eye immediately as it had a very different jizz. Turns out it was a Bronzed Drongo. woohoo. Edit: doh. no it was not. Note the white spot near eye. Very diagnostic for Black Drongo. ha ha..

Purple Sunbird male
Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia asiatica) male

I have never seen so many sunbirds. This is the male.

Purple Sunbird  eclipse
Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia asiatica) eclipse

The eclipse male Purple Sunbirds have some amazing colours going on.

Purple Sunbird  female
Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia asiatica) female

The females are very plentiful. But sometimes they make it hard to ID unless you see the male hanging around.

Common Woodshrike
Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus)

I took so many photos that cannot decide which to post so I am going to show way too many.

Indian Robin  female
Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata) female

It took me a while to work this one out, especially because of all the red on her.

Indian Robin male
Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata) male

And here is the male with his dark colouring and his red bum hanging out.

Lesser Whistling Duck
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

These were about the only ducks hanging out, apart from some hybrid mongrels.

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracius benghalensis)

My absolute favourite bird to photograph. They are so beautiful.

Bronze-winged Jacana
Bronze-winged Jacana(Metopidius indicus)

The Bronze-winged Jacanas had about half a dozen chicks following them around.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

I usually do not bother showing these as I have seen so many, but this one has got some great detail. And I think it might be an immature bird.

Red Collared Dove
Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

Grey Langur
Grey Langur

There was quite a large mob of these langurs with quite a few babies and small ones.

Bhopal bird list

Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) female
Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia asiatica)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus)
Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus)
Bronze-winged Jacana(Metopidius indicus)
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
White-breasted Waterhen
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Cattle Egret
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Painted Stork
Black-headed Ibis
Purple Swamphen
Grey Heron
Great Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-heron
Asian Pied Starling
Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Indian Roller (Coracius benghalensis)
Common Iora
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)
Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicata)
Asian Pied Starling
White-throated Kingfisher
Greater Coucal
Spotted Dove
Red-vented Bulbul
Jungle Babbler
Indian Pea-fowl
Oriental Magpie-robin


Grey Langur

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