Tryst With Kingfisher Bird At Hyderabad – Birding

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White-throated Kingfisher bird
White-throated Kingfisher bird

Last month, I finally managed to click a decent image of this beautiful White-throated Kingfisher bird at Shilparamam. An arts & crafts village at Hyderabad. Is it really a King of fishing birds or why it is named so is for experts to comment on. However, it really is a colorful bird with a red beak, blue feathers/wings, and trademark white throat. It seems there are about 90 species of Kingfishers – a medium size bird with bright plumage, large head & long bills is their common feature.

Kingfisher bird photography

Earlier attempts at photographing the bird
Earlier attempts at photographing the bird

My photography tryst with White-throated Kingfisher started with the one captured on our residential compound in Gurgaon. And a couple of more images at Kompally, Hyderabad where it was regular morning bird resting for a while on the electricity lines & telephone lines visible through our window. Although quite far for a good image. It appears that this Kingfisher is widely found in India and has a degree of comfort with human habitation.

Collage of a juvenile White-throated Kingfisher bird
Collage of a juvenile White-throated Kingfisher bird

And then one fine evening, last year, walking along the lake at Jalagam Vengala Rao Park, Banjara Hills spotted this juvenile White-throated Kingfisher bird on a rock by the lake. Looking here & there, sometimes towards me & at times towards sky as if looking for its parent.

Close-up of White-throated Kingfisher bird
Close-up of White-throated Kingfisher bird

After giving me a perfect pose, it chose to fly off to a nearby tree branch. Bird photography in nature is tough, and the best is catching them in action like with a prey in the beaks, in-flight etc. Hope to get one someday!

I will be happy to know your observations of this bird.

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