Posts Tagged ‘shikra’

Another unexpected hunting scene, Gurgaon, 131214

December 13, 2014

I have made

this post

about taking an infant for a walk in her stroller, and coming upon a raptor with a kill.

Little did I know that history would repeat itself!

It is cloudy and gloomy at Gurgaon, and instead of sitting idly in the 19th floor, apartment, I decided to get some exercise by climbing down, walking around the building, and then climbing back.

As I walked on the pathway around the building, which is shaded by small tree, I was thrilled to see a Shikra which had just made a pigeon kill!

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I dared not go too close.

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It looked around for a bit, and then carried the pigeon across the barbed wire fence to the ground of the adjacent apartment building. In the process, it dropped its prey.

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However, I was able to click it, waiting for several unheeding people to go past before it dropped down out of my sight, presumably to pick up its food and go off.

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That was quite an unexpected bonus of the walk, and I never felt the 19 floors I climbed up, afterwards!

The photos are on my FB album

here

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My first Shikra sighting in J P Nagar

September 26, 2007

Though kalyan tells me that SHIKRAs are pretty common in Bangalore Bengaluru, I have never seen this bird inside the city limits before.

This evening, I was walking along and it was nearly 7 pm, and what do I see but this handsome bird sitting on the railing of the Mini Forest that abuts my home!

It was lucky and unlucky that I had my S3 with me; lucky because I had any camera at all, and unlucky because the S3 is not the best camera either for low-light situations or for bird photography… I wish it had been the Canon with the prime lens! Also, it was *really* low light…

But the bird didn’t fly too far, and these are the shots that I managed:

shikra collage sept 07 casa ansal

I am hoping that this bird will be around, and I can photograph it with a better camera in better light!

Update.

I posted this collage on INW too, and got a fantastic comment from someone who had this to say:

“good picture…could make out it is a kannada bird easily by seeing the board.”

Still laughing….!