Posts Tagged "July"

  • Scaly Breasted Munia

    Scaly Breasted Munia

    The Ulwe Project: Another one from Ulwe, my favorite haunt. We had been trying to track this bird for a while, unsuccessfully. At a point we gave up and were just about to drive off, when my birding mate who hosts WildWaterWoods noticed this little one a few feet from the car. Some info from wiki: The Scaly Breasted Munia or Spotted Munia (Lonchura…



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  • Black Headed Munia

    Black Headed Munia

    The Ulwe Project: Here’s another lovely bird from my Ulwe adventures. The Black-headed Munia, Lonchura atricapilla, interestingly, is the former national bird of Philippines. It’s also known as the Chestnut Munia. I’ve seen this bird in decent numbers in Ulwe and are quite striking from up close. They are shy too, why makes them just a little bit tough to shoot, given…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: This chap, perched on the upper branches of the tree, had the most mournful of all faces. There is a charm in observing their faces from up-close. Probably because these birds are rarely observed from that close. The darkness on the ‘cheeks’ seems to add this expressional detail. Which, in this case, seems to suggest one very, very…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: Fancy me? The fellow featured here is a male of burmanicus race, with the distinctive  bright yellow crown. Hanging from the semi-finished nest. The Baya Weavers nest in colonies typically of up to 20-30, close to the source of food, nesting material and water. They are best known for the elaborately woven nests constructed by the males. The…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: The fellow featured here is a male of burmanicus race, with the distinctive  bright yellow crown. Quite a dashing chap, if you ask me. Guess if you’re looking to catch the eye of some pretty female Baya Weaver, you must be look sharp, no? Ref: wikipedia ©2012 Rahul Jauhari. All rights reserved.



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: So here’s the male Baya weaver with his semi-finished nest. While the nest building process is fascinating, their behaviour itself is quite interesting. Once the nests are partially built, the males begin to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling while hanging from their nests. It’s part of the mating process. The females…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: The best part about this birding trip was that I got to observe the nest building and mating process. The intricate nest building process is fascinating. The facts revolving around this process are doubly fascinating. The nests are woven with long strips of paddy leaves, rough grasses and long strips torn from palm fronds. Each strip…



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