Hans Peeters is a wildlife biologist and artist rolled in one. His passion has taken him to several countries to see its magnificent raptors.
Recently one Imperial Eagle was recovered from Sardarshahr, Rajasthan with Russian ring Moskva AB 605.
Migration pathways of Peregrine Falcons fitted with satellite transmitters in the three regions shown in the map.
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Pallid Scops OwlPhotographed at Kalina, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Barn OwlBarn Owl photographed in Nalbari, Assam on 3rd February 2016
Tawny EagleDr. Pankaj Maheria sends us this interesting photograph of a Tawny Eagle from a carcass dump in Vav, Panjarapole, Gujarat where a single Tawny Eagle was sitting on an electric pole. At first a House Crow came and sat next to the eagle. Soon more crows joined and as expected they began to mob the Tawny Eagle, which had to move several times because of mobbing. Camera details: Nikon D7100, Nikkor 300mm f/4 non VR + 1.4 Teleconverter.
Light & dark morphs of Oriental Honey-buzzardLight & dark morphs of Oriental Honey-buzzard. Taken in Mukandra Wildlife Sanctuary, Near Kota, Rajasthan (24 58 52.722 N, 75 38 15.372 E) on 5th June 2016.
Indian Vulture Pair at Nest Gyps indicusIndian Vulture Gyps indicus photographed on 16th June 2016 by Sunil Singhal near the Chambal River, Jawaher Sagar, near Kota, Rajasthan.
Brahminy KitecHesaraghatta Lake, a manmade reservoir, north-west of Bengaluru, is set amidst a gorgeous backdrop of green grassland and low-lying hills, is known for its birding aficionados and when Vaibhav Mupadi visited it he did not expect to see some hundreds of Black Kites and Brahminy Kites in flight over an irregular, shallow patch of water on the drying lake bed. They were constantly hovering, swooping, diving and triumphantly sailing away with a fish catch. In one corner of the lake a few fishermen spread their fishing nets across the water. A Brahminy Kite swooped down on one of the nets and expertly grabbed a fish snagged in one corner of the net, by cleverly pulling the net against the wind. Another Brahminy Kite followed suit, then another. Vaibhav and his photographer friend observed this adaptive, intelligent behaviour exhibited by both the adults and juveniles as they waited out the wind and dived with impressive precision and skill.
Bearded VultureBearded Vulture with a jungle crow in attendance in foggy weather in Nepal
Oriental Honey-BuzzardLight & dark morphs of Oriental Honey-buzzard. Taken in Mukandra Wildlife Sanctuary, Near Kota, Rajasthan (24 58 52.722 N, 75 38 15.372 E) on 5th June 2016.
Common BuzzardPranjal J. Saikia photographed this Common Buzzard in the afternoon of 30th Novemb er 2016 at an approximate elevation of 2800 msl when he was on his way from mandala Village to Dirang Town in West Kameng District in Arunachal Pradesh The Buzzard was scanning its surroundings from a vantage point. The weather was a bit hazy with the recent snow on Mandala Peak 3000m. Camera details: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f/4 IS II with 1.4 X Tele converter.
AMUR FALCONS IN NAGALAND
Sri Lanka Bay OwlBiju P.B. took this photograph last week at 10:00 am in Arippa , Trivandrum District, Kerala. Elevation: 175 metres. This Owl was observed intermittently from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It was sitting quietly on a bare branch perfectly camouflaged with the surroundings. Since it was did not move at all and rarely opened its eyes it was spotted a couple of times from the same area before. During the fag end of the day, Biju said it became more and more restless. The habitat is dense with shrubs and tall trees with minimal sunlight near a Myristica swamp. Camera details: Nikon D810 + Nikkor 500 f4, 1/125s, ISO 1250, f 5.6, handheld.
Long-legged BuzzardThese series of photographs taken by Sunil Singhal in the morning hours earlier this month at Tal Chhaper Blackbuck Sanctuary, Distt. Churu, Rajasthan, India (27 48 18.390 N, 74 26 9.786 E). Watching a pair of them for 2 hours he observed a Black-winged Kite mobbing whenever they sat on the mud ridge. Camera details: Canon 7Dmk.II, Canon lens 600 mm ISII, shutter speed :- 1/1250, aperture f/ 4.
Indian Spotted EagleNiranjant has been observing and photographing the Indian Spotted Eagle in the last couple of months near Belgaum, Karnataka.This is a female who was incubating. She dove from her nest and caught a rodent. She took it back to the nest tree and consumed her prey on a branch below her nest. After finishing her prey she resumed incubation.. Photographed in morning hours. Elevation: 722m. Canon 7d m2, 800/5.6 tele@ f-5.6, iso 800,1/1600 shutter.
Indian Spotted Eagle Male Bird With RodentThis is a male Spotted Eagle and you can see part of a rodent near its right talon. The male had brought it to the nest. The female was incubating and did not accept the prey so male took it to the ground and was sitting with it for a while after which it flew out of sight with the rodent. Canon idx, 800/5.6 tele @ f- 5.6, iso 800, 1/2500 shutter.
Female Indian Spotted EagleFemale Spotted Eagle hunting at around 08:00 am on 8th June 2015. Niranjant observed her keenly watching some movement in the field when she took off and moments later returned with a rodent whereupon she swallowed it whole and continued her incubation. Canon idx, 500/4 tele @ f-4,iso 800,1/1000 shutter.
Collared OwletSantanu Manna took this smallest owl’s photograph on 28 January 2015 at 8:30 in the morning in Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal. Elevation – approx. 3500 feet. Topography: dense Sal Shorea robusta and Gmelina arborea (Gamar) forest. Santanu spotted it on a Sal tree near a trail and spent 10 minutes with it. Camera used: Nikon D7100 lens- AF S Nikkor 300mm f 2.8G ED VRll with 1.4 TC, hand held.
Kallol MukherjeeKallol sighted Jerdon’s Baza early this month in the afternoon in Buxa tiger Reserve, Alipurduar, West-Bengal. He and his friends observed a pair for about 40 minutes but only take a clear photo of one of them. Both male and female Jerdon's Baza’s were frequently changing their perch, choosing mid-height trees with less leaves. Observation made from a dry river bed (Jayanti River). One of the Baza’s flew down to a low bush and perched with a fat green caterpillar in another tree from which a few Great Hornbills flew off. It took a couple of minutes to consume its prey. Camera equipment: Nikon D7100 & Nikon 300 f/4 + 1.4 TC. Distance: about 50-60 feet from the tree.
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Eurasian Sparrowhawk ImmaturePV Sari saw this juvenile on 2 Feb 2015 at around 1830 hrs in the Little Rann of Kutch (Kuchchh) , Gujarat, India. This single individual was observed from his vehicle for about 15 minutes in the area peripheral to the Bajana wetland, which is a huge brackish water body in the Rann. Initially it perched on a Prosopis juliflora tree along the dirt track. It then flew and alighted on the ground about 100m away. Approach was very gradual stopping at 35-40m for photographs. The bird seemed relaxed even when approached closer for this this.
Brahminy KitePranjal J Saikia photographed this Brahminy Kite from a boat at around 9:00 am on 8th March 2015 near Cortalim, Zuari River in Goa.
Egyptian Vulture - Photo Credit by Pranjal J. SaikiaPranjal took this photo of an adult Egyptian Vulture walking back after a good meal to re-join a large group Egyptian Vultures at at around 10 am at Jorbeer carcass dumping yard, not far from the town of Bikaner in Rajasthan. He guesstimated about 200 of these vultures congregated at the feeding site.
White bellied Sea Eagle - Photo Credit by Rajesh ShahRajesh took this lovely portrait of a White-bellied Sea-eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster at around 8.00 am on the Zuari River in Goa. It was basking in the sun perched on an coconut stump put by some fishermen on this river. He was lucky to see it catch a crab (possibly a Neptune Crab) which it picked in front of him and returning to its perch where it proceed to feed on it. The image was taken from a boat safari from a fair distance using a 500mm Telephoto lens +1.4x tc.
Hawk Eagle Mountain - Photo Credit by Dr. Robert DeCandidoMountain Hawk-eagle Nisaetus nipalensis photographed at the Raptor Migration Watch site in Nepal. Robert tells us that this site, within the Annapurna Conservation area, is called Thoolakharka and is about 30km west of the city of Pokhara. The locals call the nearby village 'Australian Camp.' Many raptors circle over the watch site including several Mountain Hawk-eagles, Black Eagles and even Bearded Vultures (Lammergeiers). It is here that one can see some of the 10,000 or so Steppe Eagles and others raptor species that pass overhead on migration here. Robert DeCandido can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information raptor migration in Nepal
OspreyLegend: Guruprasad took this photograph at around 5:00 pm near the Zuari River in Goa. The head has been consumed.
Mountain Scops Owl - Photograph by Jainy MariaSighted around 10:00 pm beyond Deban, towards Vijayangar Road, Namdapha NP, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Observed for about a minute as it sat on a pole looking for prey possibly. It then flew to a branch at eye-level where Jainy was able to snap some shots.
Amur Falcon - Photographs by Ramki SreenivasanRamki provides us with a closer view of Amur Falcon males and females perching on a cable.
Andaman Scops Owl - Photograph by Jainy MariaSighted around 7:30 pm in Mt. Harriet National Park, South Andamans, A&N Islands, India. Jainy observed 2 of them for about 5 minutes and apparently making contact calls.
Amur Falcon - Photographs by Ramki SreenivasanThis is how you see the Amur Falcons...strung endlessly on high tension wires stretching into the distance.
Amur Falcon - Photographs by Ramki SreenivasanThese small falcons were observed and recorded in their thousands in the Doyang Reservoir, Wokha, Nagaland by Ramki Sreenivasan.