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.