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Indian Common Crow – Bird

The house crow comes under the family, called Corvids, and is further grouped under the genus Corvus comprising rooks, crows and ravens. Corvus is now placed at the highest pinnacle of the bird classification order, not surprising considering the known intelligence of this group of birds.

They are known for their problem-solving skills and amazing communication skills. For example, when a crow encounters a mean human, it will teach other crows how to identify the human. In fact, research shows that crows don’t forget a face or, suddenly, swooping down from the tree to give a peck on a street walker’s head for the heck of it!

People have recorded the incidence of the crows dropping hard nuts that they can’t crack on the center of the road, get it crushed by the fast moving vehicles and keep track of spraying fragments and pick them up later when the road becomes empty.

Crow’s are really one of the challenging subject to photograph as to bring out correct dark shades or the mix of bluish black, gray colors with top quality details requires lots of practice and patience as crows are swift movers.

Like many well known people the Indian famous cartoonist R.K.Laxman’s favorite bird is Crow. I have lots in my birds category collection of these most Intelligent bird.

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Verbal spar over lunch meeting of crows.

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Crow by the side of a small garden pond waiting for me get out of the sight before he can quench his thirst.

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The Great Danaid Eggfly – (Male Butterfly):

The Danaid Eggfly, Mimic, or Diadem (Hypolimnas misippus) is a widespread species of Nymphalid butterfly. It is well known for polymorphism and mimicry i.e. the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators. Males are blackish with distinctive white spots that are fringed in blue. Females are in multiple forms that include male like forms while others appear like the toxic Danaus chrysippus and Danaus plexippus butterfles. They are found across Africa, Asia, and Australia.

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly, is a species of Nymphalid butterfly.The upper sides of the wings are jet black, offset with three pairs of white spots &two on the forewing and one on the hind. These white spots are surrounded by purple iridescence. In addition, the upper side of the hind wing bears a series of small white dots.

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Indian Pigeon Bird:

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Columbiform, also called Rock Dove, is a widespread and very common resident in India.

Tree top Rock Pigeon; though snapped in remote no man’s land but looks like an escaped domestic Pigeon as seen from the wire tags around both the legs 😉 (Second Image).

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Gramophone – Records of yesteryear:

Age old LP record player HMV (Gramophone or Phonograph) pitching Odeon LP record “The sound of music.”

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A vintage collection, a few LP records still with me.

Sunset Moods:

Another Beautiful sunset series brings end of yet another day in life for these crows and Monkey. What a Beautiful poses I am really lucky to find them and take a few snaps of the moments from my rooftop. The crows probably discussing the day’s outcomes and how the next day going to be but the Monkey seems lost in thoughts and very sober perhaps a bad day for him.

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Sunset scenes are truly a delightful subject for all the photographers and who isn’t for that matter. Just being there at that moment will be a divine experience and will keep our mind calm and composed. A few of them are posted here and more in store yet to be published.

Ring necked Parakeet:

Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Indian Ringneck Parrot, Rose-Ringed Parrot and The Alexandrine parakeet (Psittacula eupatria)
Scientific Name: Psittacula krameri manillensis.

Origin: India, Asia
Size: Medium, at about 16 inches in length including the tail feathers.
Average Lifespan: Between 25 – 30 years, although instances of these Ringnecks living past the age of fifty have been authenticated.

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Colors: Ringnecks are available in shades ranging from bright yellows, greens, and blues, to albinos. Like a few other bird species, they are known as dimorphic, meaning that a bird’s sex can be determined by its colors and markings. Males sport deep red beaks, black facial markings, and three bands or color around their necks. Females, while still beautiful, lack the facial and collar bands, although some do display a barely slight darkening of color around their necks.

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Feeding: Wild Indian Ringnecks usually feast on a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and seeds. While most vets agree that it is best for captive birds to eat a nutritionally balanced palette diet, Ringneck will appreciate a variety of fruits and veggies in their diet. As with all birds, food and water containers should be emptied, cleaned, and refilled daily to reduce the risk of bacteria growth and infection.

Indian Ringneck Parakeets have been kept in captivity from as early as 200 B.C. In their home country of India, they were regarded as sacred beings when religious leaders began to recognize their ability to clearly mimic human language. Highly regarded by wealthy Indian royals, Ringnecks were kept in decorative cages and were admired for their colors and charming dispositions. In the 1920’s, however, aviculturists began breeding captive Ringnecks, and with the advent of different color mutations the popularity of the bird began to explode. Now widely available in the pet trade, Indian Ringneck Parakeets continue to gain increasing popularity as pets. Their relatively small size and beautiful markings help to make the Ringneck a good choice for many bird owners. With adequate attention, handling, and love, an Indian Ringneck Parakeet can quickly become a beloved companion and family member.

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The parakeets (Psittacula eupatria), also known as the Alexandrine parrot, is a medium-sized parrot in the genus Psittacula of the family Psittacidae. It is named after Alexander the Great, who transported numerous birds from Punjab (India) to various European and Mediterranean countries and regions, where they were prized by the royalty, nobility and warlords.

All images of these birds were taken at thier natural habitat.

HOLY SMOKE:

Holy Smoke. Just to demonstrate how to capture smoke photography.

Burning incense stick. Since prehistoric times people in many religions have burned sacrifices and incense as an offering to various deities. The smoke would be intended as a specific holy gift for a god or goddess. As a result, some people have referred to the smoke from these sacrifices as “holy smoke.”

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If you are interested in smoke photography there are a few tips to ensure:

Use telephoto lens. Aperture around (f no:4 to 5.6) Shutter speed above 1/30 sec. ISO around 400 to 800. Emanating smoke should be perfectly back lit means light should fall on the smoke from the back. Make sure the back ground is poorly lit and the focus is perfectly placed on the smoke. Try it indoor and be sure to switch off fans if any. Still atmosphere without any wind gives better results.