I took this shot at Kalyani( a town near Kolkata)..
This is the Asian Koel..
About Asian Koel:-
The Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus ) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is found in South Asia, China, andSoutheast Asia. It forms a superspecies with the closely related Black-billed and Pacific Koels which are sometimes treated as subspecies. The Asian Koel is a brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of crows and other hosts, who raise its young. They are unusual among the cuckoos in being largely frugivorous as adults. The name koel is echoic in origin with several language variants. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry.
The Asian Koel is a large, long-tailed, cuckoo measuring 39–46 cm (15–18 in) and weighing 190–327 g (6.7–11.5 oz). The male of the nominate race is glossy bluish-black, with a pale greenish grey bill, the iris is crimson, and it has grey legs and feet. The female of the nominate race is brownish on the crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots. The underparts are whitish, but is heavily striped. The other subspecies differ in colouration and size. The upper plumage of young birds is more like that of the male and they have a black beak. They are very vocal during the breeding season (March to August in South Asia), with a range of different calls. The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. The female makes a shrill kik-kik-kik... call. Calls vary across populations.
They show a pattern of moult that differs from those of other parasitic cuckoos. The outer primaries show a transilient (alternating) ascending moult (P9-7-5-10-8-6) while the inner primaries are moulted in stepwise descending order (1-2-3-4).(Payne citing Stresemann and Stresemann 1961)
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ravipandey (157) 2013-07-07 3:48
Hallo indrashis ji,
Good informative note and sharp Image, I liked the red eyed bird..
williewhistler (16398) 2013-07-07 4:02
Hello Indraish,sometimes it is very difficult to get the exposure correct for birds that are dark, but you have done well to show the lovely details in the plumage of the Koel, as well as capturing a very sharp and clear eye.
It is also nicely framed by the branches in it`s natural environment.Well done.
psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-07 5:26
Sharp shoot with grt DOF..nice color composition...a well taken shot Indra...kono kotha hobe na
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-07 8:25
wow, it is superb Indrasish... You caught a nice sharp image of this bird. The bokeh is just superb and contrasting nicely with the bird. Excellent brother. Tfs.
holmertz (53488) 2013-07-07 10:17
You captured this fine bird very well. It is sitting nicely on the branch so we can see it clearly, the sharpness is perfect and it's also very well exposed, which could be difficult in this kind of environment.
Nicou (143096) 2013-07-07 11:43
Superbe captage de cet oiseau merveilleux et la belle forme de la branche quelle vue et captage.
Bravo et amitié
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-07-07 14:05
Awesome capture of this bird that looks like a hawk. I like the way it's posing. Good details. Well done, tfs.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-07-08 11:40
An excellent close up dear Indrashish,
Superb presentation and technical phote note, very sharp picture