Monday, August 31, 2009

Woodpeckers ? (hoopoe) in mom’s backyard


I was sipping on my herbal (tusli-Indian basil and Ginger) tea one morning (yum-yum - another story) when I spotted couple of woodpeckers in the yard.

They are such beautiful birds with beautiful stripes and amazing plume (?) on their head- which fans out. I presume when they are excited…I am not sure though, would have to research it a bit further.


The one in the first picture still had some fuzzy growth around his neck; I am guessing he was still young at the time.

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19 comments:

Mridula said...

The first one posed so nicely for you near red bars! Lovely.

eve's lungs said...

Hello Sujata - thanks for dropping by my sadly neglected blog- You have some wonderful photographs here :)

Anya said...

So lovely
and its a very beautiful bird :)

Almost Precious said...

Lovely bird. Nature certainly blessed him with an "amazing technicolor coat". :)

bindu said...

So colorful!

Jeevan said...

Very beautiful woodpecker!and a different one from the common ones.

Rush said...

good shot lady!!

JM said...

Absolutely gorgeous bird!

Hip Grandma said...

You've captured the birds really well.And I have to agree that your post is crisp and to the point.Could take a few tips from you.

Mildred said...

What an amazing bird! Beautiful photos.

the Lost Earring said...

Wow! What a beautiful bird :)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the bird.

Little Miss Tiara said...

oo! That's cute and that's great you can have a nice shot of it! :D

sexylegsandbody said...

Hi Suyata, I do not claim to be an expert on birds, but the bird you have in your pictue is actually called the hoopoe. It makes a sound that sounds like "hoop, hoop, hoop" Now it may be related to the woodpecker cause you also get the woodhoopoe. However the woodpecker looks completely different from this one.
The plume on its head normally opens out when it gets a fright. in south africa we have a lot of them, and they look besically the same as the ones you have in your pics.
The males are more colorful than the females but not much, and the young ones are also just less colorful than the fully grown birds.
Thanks for visiting my site, have a super day.
Colin.

Sujata said...

Mridula –I agree, I could not have asked for a better pose!


eve's lungs – welcome to my blog!

Anya – yes, it is. Thanks,


Almost Precious – I can easily say it is one of my favorite birds! Graceful and so very beautiful…

bindu -Thank you.


Jeevan It seems I had not identified it incorrectly, it is a Hoopoe of woodpecker family!


Rush –thank you…
:)


JM – I agree, on top of all the beauty they are very elegant too!


Hip Grandma –wow…..thanks. You have amazing gift of words. I read your post quite a few times!


Mildred – thank you so much.

the Lost Earring – I agree! :0



Rajesh thanks Rajesh. You take some cool pictures too!


Little Miss Tiara thanks !


sexylegsandbody –Colin thank syou for all this great information. Did you notice I changed the name of the post right away?
:)
Do visit again….

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Lovely, lovely!

Sujata said...

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? - Thank you!

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Aaarti said...

Gorgeous birds indeed!! :)