White cheeked barbet is a species of barbet found commonly in south India. I have seen this green little birdie many a times, but I had no idea as to what these were called.
The plus point of being surrounded by trees is that you get to see a lot of birds and insects. Apart from barbets, the other species of birds that I get to see include bulbuls, sunbirds, bahaminy kites, parrots and of course, not to forget crows!
I like to watch kites. They fly so high that they look like a dot in the sky. Just imagine that you are a kite and you are up in the sky, so high that houses, trees and people look like a miniscule dot. What would you do? Freak out? Faint? Or use binoculars? If I were a kite, I would definitely fly with a camera around my neck 😉 or may be not! The heavy zoom lens is literally a pain in the neck!
So, during my usual evening walk, I saw three of these green birds fly by. I watched them for a while and continued with my walk. They were still there, chirping and it was as if they were asking me to click their photos. So I rushed in to get my camera, along with the zoom lens (that I have hardly used!) and started clicking photos. I must say that the photos are not very clear. I need to practice clicking photos using the zoom lens. Nevertheless, the photos are not that bad either!
This one was very active. Don’t believe what I say? Then have a look at the photos below.
It was hyperactive! Moving its head every now and then, pecking at something and hopping, I had a tough time trying to focus my camera onto the ‘target’!!
I sent these pictures to my friend and my friend said ” how did you manage to capture these photos? Whenever I go near birds, they fly away’. Here’s the thing, I was about 50-60 feet far from these birds, and inspite of using the zoom lens, I still had to crop these photographs.
With kitty around, birds don’t stay around for a long time. The other day, a tiny little black bird with purplish tinge on its neck ( a species of sunbird) sat almost next to me and started chirping loudly. Kitty started wagging her tail, meowing in a weird tone and the bird flew away! Kitty was so angry that she scratched me! “Revenge is scratchy “, said kitty!