Armchair Birding

17 June 2011

Who needs binoculars when you can let us do the work?

We at Chada will find it, identify it, photograph it, wrap it up and ship it to you in the comfort of your own home.

Here is your morning birdwatching session. Hopefully this new safari package doesn't put us out of business.

Three-banded Plovers, misbehaving. They just don't realize that the paparazzi are everywhere these days.

A Blacksmith Lapwing, relaxing. Listening to it's chink chink call reminds some people (the bird-namers for one) of a hammer hitting an anvil.

Grey-headed Kingfisher, looking good in the morning light. Despite the name, this bird doesn't always live near water, and eats mainly insects.

A female Saddle-billed Stork, staring into the lens. Her yellow iris gives her away, while the males have a dark eye.

The Pearl-spotted Owlet, a tiny hunter. The way to find this cryptic creature is by listening for it's high-pitched calls, and by watching for mobbing behaviour from other birds, who tend to have an intense dislike for the owlet. Sometimes owlets eat other birds, so they have a right to complain.

Crowned Lapwings behaving...but looking longingly into each others' eyes.

The Yellow-throated Sandgrouse...Male, female and a blurry young male. Sometimes Sandgrouse soak their chest feathers in water and carry it back to the nest to give the little ones a drink.

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