Beauty Dressed in Green: Blue Cheeked Bee-eater by RiazSiddiki

Blue Cheeked Bee-eaters are not very common in our region – but this season I spent more time with Blue-Cheeked Bee-eaters, than Green Bee-eaters and Blue-Tailed Bee-eaters………….I must say that every minute spent in the colony had something magical about it………….

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The White-tailed Robin Couple by littletree131

Happy Holidays to all my 500px friends!

White-tailed Blue Robin
The white-tailed robin (Cinclidium leucurum) (17-19 cm) is an Old World flycatcher in the family Muscicapidae. The male White-tailed Robin race is bluish-black, with shiny mid-blue forehead to brow and shoulder patch, very small white neck patch. The bill and iris are black. 
The female is brownish overall, with a thin whitish band across the throat and the same tail pattern.

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~ Peacock ~ by jmatz

With this picture I say THANK YOU for the incredibly positive response to my “Black Series”.
That I did not expect and I am very happy! ♥

> Best when viewed on BLACK! 🙂

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Close-up Series: Brown Rock chat by RiazSiddiki

I have learnt that as and when you get closer to nature………you start to realize that every thing big and small………has a character…….if you just sit and observe these small birds………in their own habitat……….you’ll quickly realize that these birds also have simplicities and complexities of life…….happiness…….and sadness……..good and bad moments………who knows someday we may even learn to communicate with them………and understand them………..till then we can enjoy their presence……….. ☺

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Somebody’s having a bad hair day!!! by RiazSiddiki

This Indian Pond Heron was hopping on leaves of water lilies, at Head Marala, when all of a sudden the leaf on which it landed slipped under its feet ………….perhaps this sensation of feeling the leaf slipping under its feet……….made his hair raise like so………… ☺

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Close-up Series: Blue Cheeked Bee-Eater by RiazSiddiki

In birds and wildlife photography……….some are inclined towards photographing the bird / animal as part of its environment………….yet some ignore the environment and go for close-ups and feather details…………..for me both aspects are important……..some times I love to shoot bird as part of its environment and some times I go closer……….Close-up are special to me as I feel more intimate with the bird…….getting to see details that are not always so clear and evident with naked eye……….Over the next few weeks……I’m going to focus more on close-ups I took………here is the first one…………Gorgeous Blue Cheeked Bee-Eater

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The Eye of the Finch by cgifford

While I’m happy to report that this particular male finch has both of his eyes, this image draws attention to what is called finch eye disease. Infected birds can actually become blind and thus starve to death, unable to see food, or fall prey to unseen predators. I became aware of this disease a couple of years ago when I began my quest of close-up wildlife images. It is heartbreaking to see them suffer.

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