Adesh Shivkar


Oriental Dwarf Kingisher © Adesh Shivkar

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
(Ceyx erithacus)



Image details
1/25 sec, f/5.6;  ISO 500
Canon 40D, Canon 100-400 zoom
Location: Karnala bird Sanctuary, 60 kms south of Mumbai
Date: July  2008

Shoot details
The image was rather a planned one. This tiny jewel of our jungle is a breeding migrant to Mumbai region in monsoon and occupies specific sites. It is found deep inside the shady forest streams and is extremely shy. I found one such site on one cloudy day. I visited this site again the following day and observed & studied its favorite perches for almost 2 hrs, before setting up my equipment in an appropriate place. This bird only came thrice on this perch in the almost 4 hours that I stood motionless rooted at one spot (without a hide), so much so, that a calotes lizard found my leg as an unmovable structure and came to rest on it. Taken under extreme cloudy conditions and shade, this is a special image for me.

Species details
The Oriental Dwarf is our smallest kingfisher at 13cms. A bird usually associated with woodland streams, most recent records come from the ghats and Konkan area in south-western India.

A Birds of India presentation


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