Saturday, March 22, 2014

Birding at Nandi HIlls - Part 2 - Blue-capped Rock Thrush




This is the second post in the three part series. The first post can be viewed at the link specified at the end of the post.The Blue-capped Rock Thrush is another species quite commonly spotted at Nandi Hills.

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Blue-capped Rock Thrush (male), Monticola cinclorhynchus


The Blue-capped Rock Thrush winters mainly in Western Ghats and is a summer visitor in the Himalayas. It is 15-17cm in length and feeds mainly on insects. The male has a blue crown or cap and throat with the remaining underpart orange in color, while the female has an olive-brown with barred and whitish underparts which are heavily scaled. They are usually found in moist forests an well wooded areas during the winters and in open dry forests during the summers.
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Blue-capped Rock Thrush (female), Monticola cinclorhynchus
Part - 1 of this series: Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

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AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR / CANON EF 600mm F4L IS
Gitzo + Wimberley

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3 comments:

  1. Amazing colours,stunning images.
    john.

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  2. Absolutely brilliant shots on both the gender! The male is quite stunner and the female looks smarter :)

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  3. Excellent shots. The colours on the male are beautiful. I have a question as you are a wildlife photographer which lens would be good for wildlife photography and as I am a amatuer I have limited budget thus please can you advice me. I have a Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 lens on a cropped sensor body D 3100. Thus will a 1.4x teleconverter with a AF-S 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR be good for photographing at bright light conditions as I would loose light when using a teleconverter and at sunrise lighting condition the images will not be properly exposed with a teleconverter. Will a 70-200mm f2.8 from Tamron with a 2x teleconverter be good. Thank you

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