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Birds around DPS Tapi : Common Coot (Video)

Common Coot is found in the wetlands a little away from Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.

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Birds around DPS Tapi : Gadwall

Gadwall 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 : Anas strepera
Classification :
Kingdom  : Animalia
Phylum     : Chordata
Class          : Aves
Order         : Anseriformes
Family       : Anatidae
Genus        : Anas
Species      : A. strepera

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How to identify this bird:

  • The drake (male duck) Gadwall is mainly grey and dark brown with white belly.
  • The male also has a dark patch (very black tail end) at the rear.
  • It also has a glistening white patch on trailing edge of its wing which is broadly bordered in front with black and this can be seen during flight.
  • Then the bird is at rest a chestnut patch in front of the black and white speculum is a good pointer.
  • The drake has a dark bill.
  • The duck (female) is dark brown and mottled with buff.
  • The duck has yellow legs.
  • The duck has a bill with orange sides. (this is a good identification difference between female Mallard)
  • During flight of the duck we can see the white wing mirror just like in the drake, although we cannot see this while the duck is at rest.

Where do I find this bird:

  • The Gadwall is a winter visitor to Surat. It is one of the commonest migratory wildfowl you can see in Surat.
  • You can see this bird sometimes in flocks near DPS Tapi in shallow watery fields and marshes during the day.
  • But if you want to see them for sure in winter the wetland near Tena village (also near Chinni Village) is the best place. Our birding club members visit these places often, it is not too far from DPS Tapi about 15 minutes drive through the villages.
  • Generally in flocks or parties along with other ducks (Northern Shovellers, Spot billed Ducks, Northern Pintails, Eurasian Teals etc.)
  • It is generally a silent bird in winter and is largely vegetarian.

Local Names :

Hindi         : Beykhur, Myla, Bhuar
Bengali      : Peeing hans
Assamese  : Saru mugi hans 

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Birds around DPS Tapi : Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper 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 : Tringa stagnatilis
Classification :
Kingdom    : Animalia
Phylum       : Chordata
Class            : Aves
Order           : Charadriiformes
Family         : Scolopacidae
Genus          : Tringa
Species        : T. stagnatilis

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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 : Whiskered Tern

Birds around DPS Tapi : Whiskered Tern found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name :  Chlidonias hybrida
Classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Chlidonias
Species: C. hybrida 

How to identify this bird :
  • It is also known as the Marsh Tern or Black-fronted Tern.
  • It is a small, tubby marsh tern with a slightly forked tail square-cut at the tip.
  • The Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage has a black crown and white cheeks and sides of neck.
  • The upperparts, upperwings and tail are medium grey, the underparts dark grey to slate grey and the undertail is white with the underwings mainly white.
  • The eye is brown and the bill and legs are red.
  • Both male and female Whiskered Terns are similar.
  • Non-breeding Whiskered Terns are similar to breeding adults except the underparts are white, the forehead is white and the dark crown is streaked white.
  • The lores (area between bill and eyes) and ear coverts are black while the bill and legs are also blackish.
  • Young birds have a pale grey back, rump and upper wings, heavily mottled medium-brownish grey, especially along leading edge of inner wing, and the tail is pale grey, edged black.
Where do I find this Bird :
  • You can find the Whiskered Tern a little away from DPS Tapi in the marshy areas and around ponds and also near inundated paddy fields.
  • They generally prefer shallow terrestrial freshwater wetlands, freshwater swamps, brackish and saline lakes, floodwaters, sewage farms, irrigated croplands and large dams. Whiskered Terns eat mainly small fish, amphibians, crustaceans, insects and their larvae.
  • Their feeding method and the way they catch their prey is very interesting to observe. Take a good look at the photo gallery above to see how they approach their prey. There are three main methods of feeding: plunging, dipping and hawking.
  • Plunging involves a hover then dive, with wings raised, from 2 m – 4 m above water. They may also hover and dive to take insects in paddocks.
  • Dipping involves flying low over water, skimming the surface and taking insects from on or just below it.
  • Catching insects (up to 40mm long) on the wing is called Hawking. They hawk over dry plains.
  • The breeding season of the Whiskered Tern is erratic. They breed in loose colonies in large, often temporary, inland swamps and marshes.
  • The nest is a rough raft of vegetation, either floating or moored. Both male and female share their responsibility as parents and care for their young.
  • A single brood is usually raised in a season.
  • A whole colony of Whiskered Terns will quickly fly to mob or attack a predator or intruder.
  • Whiskered Terns will actually strike a person’s head with their sharp beaks and they clamour crying and whirling their white wings and swoop down again and again. Other waterbirds often take advantage of this protection by nesting within the colony, particularly Grebes. The terns however have been known to prey on the chicks of small grebes.

 

Local Names:

 

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