Balcony views-Brown Backed needletail

I cherish the memories watching from my balcony a flock of elegant brown backed needle tail birds hovering over grassy vegetation backdropped by Panchwati Hills, Middle Andaman. The weather had been cool from November to February and that’s when these birds are sighted the most. They are brown backed except for the white under tail seen flying swiftly and constantly for hours with their sickle shaped wings and spiny tail ends . I have not seen them settle down anywhere within my field of vision , they would have probably got back to their nests by dusk.

I miss the alluring beauty of nature and the tranquility of the moment that embodied them. Fortunately I captured them in my illustration using poster colors.

ROCK PIGEON

Ubiquitous yet fascinating

Rock pigeon- poster color
taking shelter on rooftop

We can see rock pigeons in villages and towns comfortable with human presence, feeding on insects and grains. Their grey body with black bars across wings, green and pink iridescence on neck are alluring. They feed usually in flocks and roost on roof tops or window shades. It’s entertaining to watch them bobbing heads, preening feathers and gathering twigs during nesting season. Their deep cutrr-coo calls and sounds of their flapping wings are one amid varied sounds that urban dwellers hear all day except that birds sounds are calming to our senses.

ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET- Poster color

high up on a tree

An Alexandrine parakeet perched on the highest point of a deciduous tree after it foraged on wild fruits a short while ago. The enchanting beauty of the parakeet enticed me to try emulating it on a paper.

It’s comparatively large with red beaks, red patch on wings, green feathers,pink collar,black chin stripe,long green tail with blue in the middle and yellow tips against the backdrop of a vast blue sky.

WHITE BREASTED WATER HEN

This bird is seen around vegetation close to freshwater pools and after rain. It’s interesting to see how it paces its large yellow feet meticulously picking up insects or worms from the wet soil. Usually calm but noisy with croaky calls during dusk. If disturbed the bird pauses and stops feeding.