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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Orange coluored Cattle Egret closeup photo (Breeding Plumage)

Orange headed Egrets look better than the plain white egrets, thanks to the touch of orange shade to their body colour. They are found near farms during harvest season, hoping to eat earthworms and insects that exist in uprooted soil.

Managed to click some close up photos of these birds recently.

Update: Arun Bhat and Lakshmi sharath have commented that this is normal cattle egret but in breeding plumage. (I had no idea what it is, had to refer to Wikipedia for answer- it is a result of body reaction/harmones during breeding period)





Orange Egret in flight
It is not easy to get such close up shot. I should thank the field workers for helping me get this advantage. These birds have developed a sense of familiarity with regular field workers and won't fly away when they are close. Otherwise they're quick to detect strangers and ensure safe distance. Because some field workers were around, I could get close without alarming the bird.




Also see: Kingfisher eating an insect * Darter BirdBirds at Bheemeshwari * Birds at Valparai * Birds near Hoysala Village Resort, Hasan * Nearby: Shettyhalli Holy Rosary Church * Birds of karanji kere, Mysore * Dancing peacocks in Mysore *Birds on a powerline *   Birds at our village- Set 2

16 comments :

magiceye said...

Beautiful captures!!

D.Nambiar said...

Very nice, Shrinidhi. You've got some really good bird photographs on your blog.
Where did you find these orange headed egrets?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Deepak: Thanks

DN: These were clicked near Udupi, Karnataka

Vishal Rathod said...

Awesome Captures . Very beautiful bird. I loved that light ornage color it is very pleasant.

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Arun said...

This is a cattle egret in breeding plumage.

Arumugam Easwar said...

lovely pictures.nice capture.

Hot Roller Press said...

It's really Very Difficult to Click Such A close Up Shot of a bird.
You did it Very Well.

Devkant Sangwan said...

Very beautiful eye pleasing bird. Great photography.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Arun and Lakshmi Sharath (via tweet) for additional info- have updated the post.

Vishal, Arumugam, Devkanth: Thanks

Debopam said...

Never seen such color combination.... Wonderful shots..... Nature at its best........

mysay.in said...

Orange Egret !! wow !! awesome clicks !!

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Wow! Those are some lovely shots of egrets. You must have a fantastic lens for bird photography.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Ramakanth: Thanks. I only have a 55-300mm

deb: Thanks

Mysay.in: Thanks

Raj Sharma said...

Very beautiful bird... great photograph its not easy to take such a beautiful pic of a bird... great photography

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Raj

Rahul said...

Yeah very beautiful bird what a combination of color very pleasant amazing photographs.. thanks for sharing..