Anyone been to Pulicat Lake recently? Checking if there is any flamingo activity.
Witnessed an epic fight between a water snake and a grey heron in the marshland. The snake was not allowing the bird to grip it with its beak and instead wrapped itself around its neck. The heron took to flight with the snake still around its neck and trying to get its mouth to bite the bird; At some point the heron managed to grip the snake by its head and spent a considerable time thrashing it about to kill and then devour it while still alive. Please view full screen.
A coppersmith barbet spits out wood fragments it has bored out from a tree trunk in Bharatpur (Keoladev) National Park. The barbet was relentlessly pecking into the tree trunk when it suddenly popped inside the nest hole and emerged with wood dust in its beak only to release it outside creating a mini haze for a second. It took me many shots and a wait for nearly an hour to get the the precise moment of release of wood-dust. The blur gives an indication of the speed the barbet was shaking itself from one side to another, perhaps to throw the dust as far away from itself as possible.
Gentle whispers: A dhole pair enjoying a tender moment. Shot in Nagarahole National Park during a trip there this September. Wild dogs have a reputation for being cold killers and can take down a tiger or bison by repeatedly attacking as a pack. This picture shows an entirely different side of these enigmatic creatures.
Last look: A still struggling fish looks wide-eyed at its predator in the seconds before it is about to be swallowed.
It is amazing how cormorants are able to expand their gullets to gulp down fish that appear to be more than twice the size of their necks. The soft light of the winter has down well to highlight the scales and the subtle shades of color of the fish and the bird.