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  1. #1
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    Default Mouthful

    Photographed in my village in West Bengal
    Species - Asian Koel (Male)

    Canon EOS 7D + Canon 500mm f4 + Monopod
    ISO 320, 1/400, f 5, EC 0, small crop from left and right side.
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    exceptional composition...great work

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    looks grate...TFS

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    More than an image, it is a nice photographic record.

    Koel has very wide gape and can do swallowing a whole drupe or a big, hairy caterpillar. Throat will bulge as the mouthful is swallowed.
    Thanks for sharing. SaktiWild

    The article could be viewed in our Natural History column, it was posted on 12.05.2015.
    (Country Notebook: M. Krishnan: Epicurean to the core: The Sunday Statesman : 22 March 2015)
    Last edited by Saktipada Panigrahi; 07-12-2016 at 08:41 AM.

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    Good you sight and photograph this behaviour. Nice low angle. The vertical composition works well here. Thanks for sharing.

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    Hard to identify without ID mention, Nice behaviour captured.

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    Interesting. The yellow has got overexposed and lost details. There are some strange brushstrokes appearing above the koel. What is that?

    The ripe vegetable it is eating appears to be a Trichosanthes dioica. In Odiya we call it potala or parbal in hindi.

    Sakti da's comment is an important reminder that natural history knowledge is invaluable for becoming a good wildlife photographer as a photographer can immediately anticipate and focus on specific behaviours.

    Cheers,
    Sabyasachi

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    Thanks a lot everybody for your appreciation.
    @Sabyasachi da
    Yes you are correct. It is parbal that the koel was eating. In Bengali we call it patal. The brown horizontal stroke behind the bird is actually the bamboo structure which supports the growing parbal tree branch. I was hiding myself under this elevated bamboo structure to document their feeding behavior.
    Thanks a lot to Shakti Da for remind me the behaviour of koel. Later I will share some of my experiences.

    Samrat

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