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BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY – Jeevan Vridhan

BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY – Jeevan Vridhan
Bird: Glossy Ibis
Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus

* American populations of the GlossyIbis are thought to have come from Africa in the 19th Century and have spread northward via the Caribbean.
* Once an uncommon bird in its U.S. range, it is steadily increasing in numbers and span.
* Unlike herons, ibises fly with their necks stretched out.
* A group of ibises has many collective nouns, including a “congregation”, “stand”, and “wedge” of ibises.

Bird: Black Skimmer
Scientific Name: Rynchops niger


1. Black Skimmers use their elongated lower mandibles to feed by skimming it over the water.
2. Baby Black Skimmers are born with their upper and lower mandibles the same length. The longer lower mandible grows during fledging.
3. There are three species of skimmer in the world; the Black Skimmer is the only skimmer found in the Americas.

Bird: Black Skimmer
Scientific Name: Rynchops niger


1. Black Skimmers use their elongated lower mandibles to feed by skimming it over the water.
2. Baby Black Skimmers are born with their upper and lower mandibles the same length. The longer lower mandible grows during fledging.
3. There are three species of skimmer in the world; the Black Skimmer is the only skimmer found in the Americas.

Bird: Wood Duck
Location: USA

Interesting Facts:

* Wood Duck young leave the nest soon after hatching. They jump from the nesting cavity, often high up in a tree, to the ground or water.
* The Wood Duck is a distinctively North American species, as fossil remains have been found only in widely scattered locations in the eastern part of the continent.
* The Wood Duck was hunted nearly to extinction during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Management procedures have been successful and there are now well over a million Wood Ducks in North America.

Bird: Scarlet Tanager
Location: Jersey City, NJ

Medium tanager with brilliant red body, black wings, tail. The only bird in North America with this unique plumage.

* Scarlet Tanagers have been recorded eating over 2,000 gypsy moth caterpillars in an hour.
* The song of the Scarlet Tanager has been compared to that of a “robin with a sore throat.”
* They become noisy and swoop around most birds who prey on them, such as Blue Jays and Eastern Screech owls, however they remain still and quiet around Merlins and American Crows.
* A group of tanagers are collectively known as a “season” of tanagers.

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