Saturday, October 3, 2009

Village Pond, Fatehpur (Sonepat) on 3rd Oct 09

A walk on the earthen bund produced lot of birds. Quite dense spread of the flowering water lilies, presence of ducks, herons, cormorants, a pair of Sarus Cranes, 3 species of storks, small waders, moorhens made the pond very attractice. Lot of chattering, chirping, squqwking, trilling and cheeping calls. Scaly-breasted Munias still nesting - football like nest, I saw three birds near it; while one entered the hole, the otherone came close and peeped into it.
On the electricity transmission line passing over the nearby Delhi Canal (a sub-branch of Western Yamuna Canal) produced lot of birds. A pair of Crested Kingfishers (male is to the left with two breast bands, while the female is to the right with one breast band) were perched, lot of Streak-throated Swallws. I also saw a few Barn Swallows.

Out of the three resident species of kingfishers in my area, the Common Kingfisher is the least common and a jewel. I saw it today.
I saw Indian Silverbills, Scaly-breasted Munias, Red Avadavats and this one "Black-headed Munia" which the least common.
Behaviour of Painted Storks indicates that they are about to nest.


flowergirl said...

I didn't know there was a difference between male and female pied king fisher - thanks for sharing the photo and the picture!

Suresh C. Sharma said...

Thank you for your kind words and appreciation.