Sudhir Shivaram


White-bellied Shortwing © Sudhir Shivaram

White-bellied Shortwing
(Brachypteryx major albiventris)



Image details
1/20 sec, f/5.6; E/V -2/3; ISO 800
Canon 1D Mark III, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS plus 1.4xII
Location: Munnar, Kerala
Date: 23 March  2008

Shoot details
An endemic of the western ghats. This gave us a tough time where I had a wait for more than an hour to get a decent photo. I then saw it on this open perch from far and before I could approach it disappeared. I cursed myself for not taking a record shot from far. I waited in front of the perch and it suddenly flew in to pose for me. It was on this perch in open with a great background for a long time and I could take all kind of photographs. This was just after the rains and the saturation of colours was awesome.

Species details
This is a small 15cm bird endemic to the montane evergreen forests of  South-west India.  Recent re-evaluation by Rasmussen & Anderton (2005) has placed the bird in Myiomela as a full species - White-bellied Blue Robin Myiomela albiventris. The species is considered vulnerable due to habitat loss.

A Birds of India presentation


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