Tag Archives: Bird Watching Club of DPS

Birds around DPS Tapi : Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier (female) found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat. (Please wait for a few seconds while the photos load onto the gallery. This may depend on your internet speed)

Scientific name :  Circus macrourus
Classification :
Kingdom  : Animalia
Phylum     : Chordata
Class          : Aves
Order         : Accipitriformes
Family       : Accipitridae
Genus        : Circus
Species      : C. macrourus

 

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Birds around DPS Tapi : Common Kingfisher (Small Blue Kingfisher)

Common Kingfisher (Also called the Small Blue Kingfisher) is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat. (Please wait for a few seconds while the photos load onto the gallery. This may depend on your internet speed)

Scientific Name : Alcedo atthis
Classification:
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum    : Chordata
Class         : Aves
Order        : Coraciiformes
Family      : Alcedinidae
Genus       : Alcedo
Species     : A. atthis

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How to identify this bird:

  • The Small Blue Kingfisher or the Common Kingfisher is small kingfisher about 16 cms long.
  • As you can observe in the photo gallery above, it is blue green in colour on its head and wings.
  • It has a turquoise line on its back and its underparts are deep rust coloured.
  • It has a long, straight and pointed bill.
  • Its tail is short and stumpy.
  • Both male and female are alike.

Where do I find this bird:

  • Although this bird is called common Kingfisher the most common type of Kingfisher is the White breasted Kingfisher. However, if you observe carefully on the way to DPS Tapi along the roadside you will find this bird.
  • Generally you can see them looking down on water near streams/water canals, puddles of water, ponds etc , perched alone on branches of trees or bushes and also on wires. Mainly found near ponds near villages where there is less disturbance.
  • It moves its head from side to side and keeps jerking its tail accompanied by a low click sound.
  • When it flies it makes a sharp chichee, chichee, chichee, … sound and goes down flying low from one perch to another.
  • It also hovers sometimes.
  • It feeds on small tadpoles, fish and aquatic insects.

Local Names:

Hindi : Nika Machhrala, Nita Machhrala, Chhota kilkila

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Birds around DPS Tapi : White Wagtail (Video)

The White Wagtail is a winter visitor to our school campus. We hope you enjoy this short video shot with a Canon 7D-Mark-II and a Tamron 150-600 mm lens on our school campus.

Scientific Name: Motacilla alba
Classification:
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum    : Chordata
Class         : Aves
Order        : Passeriformes
Family      : Motacillidae
Genus       : Motacilla
Species     : M. alba

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Lesser Whistling-duck family near DPS Tapi

This video of Lesser Whistling Ducks with their young ones was shot on 28th August 2015 near DPS Tapi. It was very interesting to see what amazing parents they were protecting and taking care of their young ones.The clips were shot with a Canon 7D Mark II and a Tamron 150-600 mm lens hand held so it is a bit shaky. However, for all the young birders of our club it is worth a look until you get to see one yourself.

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Birds around DPS Tapi : Western Marsh Harrier

Birds around DPS Tapi : Western Marsh Harrier also called the Eurasian Marsh Harrier is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat. (Please wait for a few seconds while the photos load onto the gallery. This may depend on your internet speed)

 

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Scientific Name: Circus aeruginosus

Classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Circus
Species: C. aeruginosus

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