Vasai Birds – Urban and Garden Birds

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Oriental Magpie Robin


  1. Magnificent collection! That hoopoe is quite exotic. We have night heron here too. I love when I spot one.,my mither used to call us myna bird if we chattered too much. Haha. What a great post about my favorite creatures! Thank you for a great start to my day Sharukh. After the storm so many trees are felled. Yeat rday in my usual place for lunch at the park, I watch so many different species of baby birds flitting aimlessly about, confused and helpless. I hope they make it….

    1. Thank you Cheryl. I am glad you liked the pictures. Yes, the hoopoe looks very exotic with its crown. I certainly can understand why your mother called you Myna. She keeps on chirping and screeching all day long. Over here her voice fills the silent afternoon hours, but I still love it. Yeah, it can be confusing for birds to find a new place, but eventually they will. I believe nature has embedded survival instincts in all of us to help us survive no matter what comes. I believe Mother Nature has her own way to handle things which we are not aware of.

  2. I’ve really enjoyed this series, Sharukh. I love watching birds and you have a great collection of photos. I appreciate all the information, especially the info on the crows. When I walk our dog, the crows are always perched on the highest available structure or tree, searching the area below. Thanks for the stories and the wonderful pictures.

    1. Thank you Dan. I’m glad that you enjoyed the series. I and Sarah worked very hard on this one. It took us more than a year to compile hundreds of images. So many hours of walking into the woods, waiting silently for that perfect shot because many of the birds are shy and can sense human presence. I knew you would love the crow information. It is something unique, isn’t it? I am pretty sure those crows up there identify you. Over here, they stay in the mango tree and they have the balls to steal eggs and nestlings of sparrows and rock pigeons, which I feel is merciless, but at the end of the day, it’s nature. They are highly opportunistic and what seems to us as nestlings is food for them. Some of the crows do hop on to our window and shout out for food and I give them some biscuits which they are more than happy to eat or take home.

  3. Such an interesting post on birds I never knew about. Especially the common crow, much smarter than I thought! I’ll need to re-read this again to learn more about other kinds of birds! Thanks, Sharukh! 💛 Christine

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Christine. I always try to give out some unique information that can hold the interest of the readers. Yes, birds are smart enough than we know. I have been observing common crow since my childhood days since it was the only bird who would regularly visit my home. As I mentioned, he is highly opportunistic and therefore is cruel and merciless at times picking up juveniles for food.

      1. Thanks for the added information, Sharukh! Enjoy all of your posts. You spend a lot of time writing them. It’s much appreciated! 💛 Christine

      2. I want to write 2-3 posts weekly, but with the amount of writing I work do professionally, I don’t get enough time. Plus, I do lot of research before I put up any info in my post which also takes time. I don’t like to write just for the sake of writing which is why I end up writing 1-2 or max 4 posts per month. However, I’m glad that readers and friends like you love it, get valuable info from it.

  4. Such extensive research and the pictures are just fabulous. I so appreciate the work you put to get this article. I haven’t checked other in the series but I will.
    I have seen myna, kingfisher and these days cuckoo too in Bangalore. The pigeons are too many but among the group, there are a few white ones that I love to watch. Crows – ask me. They just don’t gi away 😉

  5. After I was in awe over this post (came back so I could enjoy it even more today) I read your comment to Dan and realize the time that went into the series – and this post!
    And seriously – this is a huge resource in birds – with habitat info and science – but written without boring sentences and enriched with personal tidbits – like the grains as offering of good deeds.
    Well done….

    1. Thank you for your comment. It was my wife’s (Sarah) idea to come up with a post series like this. She spent lot of time out in the grasslands standing quiet and still to get some shots of the birds.

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