Black Naped Monarch
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|This image of the black naped Monarch was shot in Old Magazine House - a famed birding destination in North Karnataka, India. During winter the resident birds are augmented with the migrants from the north making it a birding hot-spot in the winters. There are perches which are strategically placed amidst a small clearing in the jungle. The show begins late in evening when the birds come one by one or in groups to bath in the water bowls & then dry themselves on the perches.|
Info on Black Naped Monarch:
The black-naped monarch or black-naped blue flycatcher (Hypothymis azurea) is a slim and agile passerine bird belonging to the family of monarch flycatchers found in southern and south-eastern Asia. They are sexually dimorphic, with the male having a distinctive black patch on the back of the head and a narrow black half collar ("necklace"), while the female is duller with olive brown wings and lacking the black markings on the head. They have a call that is similar to that of the Asian paradise flycatcher, and in tropical forest habitats, pairs may join mixed-species foraging flocks. Populations differ slightly in plumage colour and sizes.
Habitat: The black-naped monarch breeds across tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. This species is usually found in thick forests and other well-wooded habitats. The calls are a sharp and abrupt skrip. The main breeding season in India is in summer from May to July. Two to three eggs are laid in a cup nest placed in the fork of a tree. The nest is decorated with spider-egg cases.
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- [2017-12-15 14:40]
Hi Satirtha,a great way to show us this blue beauty! The light inside is magic,and very well exposed. Artistic composition very sharp and bright,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,luciano
I always think you lucky you are in India to have so many colorful birds. This a well exposed image of bird half shaded by the branch and the blue looks excellent as are the details in the feathers.
Wonderful framing, Satirtha!
I love the spot-light effect on the bird. It is truly 'Monarch' of a bird.
Amazing colors...Never meet a bird with such blue colors....Excellent details as usual.