5 February 2011

Dark-fronted Babbler at Bondla WLS - Goa, India.

     Dark-fronted Babbler Rhopocichla atriceps belongs to the Timaliidae (Babblers) family of the Passeriformes taxonomic group. Typically a skulker by nature it is an amazing bird to watch.

     The Dark-fronted Babbler generally keeps to low level bamboo clumps and forest undergrowth all along the Forests of the Western Ghats. Feeding mostly on insects and small larvae.  It is so hyper-active that it hardly allows for approach with its churrrrr churrrr sound dancing around very quickly. It is locally common but a very difficult bird to photograph at times owing to its behavior.

      Normally in Goa you can find them in plenty at Bondla, Molem, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuaries, mostly among mixed hunting flocks. This bird was photographed at Bondla WLS in early morning hours in February 2010. I used my Canon 30D and Canon 400mm f5.6 L lens on Manual mode at Shutter Speed 1/320 & aperture f5.6 at ISO 250, Specifically i was very keen on taking a shot with the eye in good focus highlighting the real beauty of this beautiful 'Forest Bird'. 

      A Major concern for the survival of this species has been the destruction of bamboo which forms a vital part of its habitat. Conservation of bamboo forests thus is an important concern for the protection of this species along with a host of other birds and fauna.

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