Eyes of heaven


Birds are the eyes of heaven..

Bird watching is a pleasurable experience , especially in a country like India where you have  a large variety of birds present. Based on 2016 survey, India has 1266 species of birds which includes the accidental,endemic,extirpated and non-breeding range along with the commonly occurring native species. Common local birds were seen in and around human towns, agricultural areas, and bird parks and sanctuaries.

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Blue Eared Kingfisher : They are mainly found in shaded forests

Flying Souls

The serene backwaters of Kerala contains a lot of aquatic birds (also called as water birds). Most aquatic birds live on or around water returning to land only for breeding ,where they spend most of the time floating on the water surface ,swimming or diving for catching fish. However ,some water birds divide their time between aquatic and terrestrial environments . Terrestrial birds,unlike aquatic birds stays primarily on ground or very low heights. They even do their nesting and roosting on the ground or low ground shrubbery or bush. While some terrestrial birds do not fly,others are low fliers with cumbersome flight style which is suitable only for short distance

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Cormorant : Different types of cormorants in Kerala

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Greater Flameback : It is also known as woodpecker

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Malabar Grey Hornbill : They mostly live in thick forests .

A majority of birds spend most of their time in air. These birds have long wings and are very good at flying . They can eat, drink, sleep, and even have babies in the air . Some of them are aquatic as well in nature .Arboreal birds are a different category of birds that inhabit trees and other areas with dense vegetation .They eat mostly insects and fruit because that’s what they can find in the woods . Due to their dependence on trees, they are particularly susceptible to habitat destruction.

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Common Gull : Gull family is resting after work

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Sandwich Tern : The sandwich tern is a vocal bird

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Squacco Heron : It is a common bird in Kerala

Eyes of heaven , an article by Alan Jose shows beautiful photographs of birds . Obtaining the right textual information is an important component of bird photography. Usually at this point photographers will say something like, “Reach is virtually everything with bird photography.”

All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Alan Jose , Idukki ,Creative Hut Institute of Photography. A photography school in Kerala called Creative Hut gave him a Professional Diploma in the Art of Photography. It is illegal to copy them, in whole or in part, without the permission of the rightful owners.

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