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The Beautiful Birds of Puttaparthi - 1

Aravind pursues photography religiously and one of his meditations is to photograph birds with his Nikon camera kit.

Puttaparthi was a tiny hamlet in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India, when Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba made it shine brilliantly on the world map. The village has experienced rapid growth and has developed into a township with an airport, a railway station, a bus stand, an international indoor sports stadium, a fully equipped cricket ground, a super specialties hospital, a general hospital, a University of higher learning, many museums and a fast growing population. The amazing thing is that this town also seems to be attracting a large variety of colourful feathered friends! I have personally taken pictures of at least 90 different species of birds in the past one year. Here I present 20 photographs as an ode to the beauty and majesty of the birds in and around Puttaparthi.

This is more of a small menu card which will present part of the great variety. A brief of each bird is also given but even as you read them, know that there is a whole world about each bird that is waiting to be discovered.

The king among all them fishers, the White Breasted Kingfisher waiting to dive for the kill. ( Enumulapalli lake )

The king among all them fishers, the White Breasted Kingfisher waiting to dive for the kill. ( Enumulapalli lake )

There are four large lakes around the town and they support a variety of rich bird life. The river Chitravati which flows through the town lends sustenance to many more. Among the most common sounds you will hear will be the kreeeeeee kreeeeee of kingfishers. It is a real joy to see these blue beauties in flight and at perch.

Don't get fooled by it's little size. The Little Blue Kingfisher has a deadly kill rate. (Karnatanagepalli bridge)

Don't get fooled by it's little size. The Little Blue Kingfisher has a deadly kill rate. (Karnatanagepalli bridge)

The house crow is considered as the most common bird in many parts of India. But not in Puttaparthi! More common is the Small Green Bee Eaters that keep gliding out of their perch to catch unwary bees in mid air. Their speed and agility is simply impressive and I have rarely sen them miss their target.

The Small Green Bee Eaters pick off bees in flight with deadly accuracy. (along the banks of Chitravati river)

The Small Green Bee Eaters pick off bees in flight with deadly accuracy. (along the banks of Chitravati river)

The majesty and beauty of the slender Grey Heron is matched by only a few in the world of birds. (Sahebcheruvu lake)

The majesty and beauty of the slender Grey Heron is matched by only a few in the world of birds. (Sahebcheruvu lake)

Many large water birds too, are at home here. Fishing in the shallow waters, the Grey Heron looks like a graceful ballerina practicing her steps. She is mostly a solitary bird but can sometimes be seen in pairs. The Painted Storks on the other hand, always feed in groups. They come together, eat together and fly away together, riding the high thermals in the sky.

The Painted Storks fish together, eat together and fly away together too! (Bukkapatnam lake)

The Painted Storks fish together, eat together and fly away together too! (Bukkapatnam lake)

How can any aquatic bird life be complete without the share of ducks? The Spot-Billed Ducks are very shy birds that always seem to wade away from you at great speeds. It is very difficult to get a picture of them from the front for I have never seen them come towards any observer. The Large Stone Plover on the other hand stands steady on the rocks. But don’t get fooled by its steady appearance. It can run and swim at real amazing speeds - and that is not mentioning its quick flight!

Two male Spot Billed Ducks 'reflect' on their next move. (Sahebcheruvu lake)

Two male Spot Billed Ducks 'reflect' on their next move. (Sahebcheruvu lake)

The Great Stone Plover is a fast runner and an excellent swimmer. Beware crustaceans! (Bukkapatnam lake)

The Great Stone Plover is a fast runner and an excellent swimmer. Beware crustaceans! (Bukkapatnam lake)

With the onset of rains, a lot of frog-breeding goes on and the croaks are heard throughout the nights. The Pond Heron population shoots up every year during the rains and they feed on these frogs. The Pond Heron also frequents the crop fields, catching rats, worms and insects. You can approach these birds from quite a close distance and they seem to have gotten used to the idea of living with humans. That however, cannot be said of the Purple Moorhen. It is a very shy bird that looks like a normal hen but transforms into an excellent and fast swimmer when alarmed. It’s beauty is so ethereal.

The Pond Heron spends all the day in shallow water catching frogs and fishes. (fields along the Sahebcheruvu)

The Pond Heron spends all the day in shallow water catching frogs and fishes. (fields along the Sahebcheruvu)

The Purple Moorhen is a very shy bird. She runs into the safety of the waters at the slightest disturbance. (Chitravati river bed)

The Purple Moorhen is a very shy bird. She runs into the safety of the waters at the slightest disturbance. (Chitravati river bed)

Occasionally, you will find a large, dark bird with a brilliant red cap of feathers. The Black Ibis has a loud and terrible shriek. However, you cannot help but admire its elegance as it goes about its business of feeding on marshy grounds.

The Black Ibis makes occasional visits. There is no specific season but its visits are memorable. (Sahebcheruvu lake banks)

The Black Ibis makes occasional visits. There is no specific season but its visits are memorable. (Sahebcheruvu lake banks)

The Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have adopted the beautiful and brilliantly blue Indian Roller as the state bird. One look at it and you will realize its ‘state’liness! It has more than five hues of blue when it opens up its wings. No wonder that it is also called the Blue Jay! Again, this is a very shy bird and you can see and photograph it only with stealth.

The Indian Roller or Blue Jay is the state bird of Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian Roller or Blue Jay is the state bird of Andhra Pradesh.

The Greater Coucal belongs to the cuckoo species. But it seems to be the noblest among them for it is no parasite and builds its own nest. It has a strange ‘Whoo whoo’ call which has it named as the ‘red ghost’ in the local languages.

The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant is a sight to behold with its black and saffron colors (along Chitravati river bed)

The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant is a sight to behold with its black and saffron colors (along Chitravati river bed)

We arrive now to the little ones! There are a host of tiny birds and they keep fluttering by, every now and then when you go for a morning walk. The Chitravati river is shallow and it forms tiny islets in-between the flowing waters. Reeds grow here and these reeds are home to may of these tiny birds. Mention must be made of the brightly colored Red Munia that is smaller than the common sparrow. The Streaked Weaver Bird builds amazing cup and helmet shaped nests in the reeds. It is slightly larger than the sparrow and has a crown of brilliant yellow feathers.

The gentle Red Munia splashes you with dashing red as it flutters among the reeds. (Chitravati river bed)

The gentle Red Munia splashes you with dashing red as it flutters among the reeds. (Chitravati river bed)

The Streaked Weaver Bird is one of the most dexterous and hard working among the birds

The Streaked Weaver Bird is one of the most dexterous and hard working among the birds

The tiniest of them all are the Sun Birds which present themselves in quite an abundance. They come in many varieties which can be distinguished by looking at the male bird. All the females look alike with a brown upper body and a white to yellowish lower body. They keep visiting flowers and drink deep with their slender and curved beaks.

The Sunbird has been equipped with a slender straw-like beak to sip up sweet nectar. (along banks of Chitravati river)

The Sunbird has been equipped with a slender straw-like beak to sip up sweet nectar. (along banks of Chitravati river)

You may be on a lookout for birds, but do not forget to look at the floor. The areas by the river have grasslands and many birds keep hopping about on the ground, pecking seeds and picking insects. The Sparrow Lark is one such grass ‘hopper’! And the most hyper active among them all is the ashy prinia which is found on the ground, in the air, on the trees and in the shrubs and bushes! The Ashy Prinia has a variety of calls and seems to be the most daring as far as proximity to humans is concerned. You can at times almost touch the bird before it flies away.

The Sparrow Lark sun bathes in the gentle morning sunshine. (Chitravati river banks)

The Sparrow Lark sun bathes in the gentle morning sunshine. (Chitravati river banks)

The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren Warbler has a variety of sounds under his belt. (Alongside Chitravati road)

The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren Warbler has a variety of sounds under his belt. (Alongside Chitravati road)

With such a rich bird life, predators are always lurking amidst the foliage. Puttaparthi has a fair share of Black-shouldered Kites, Brahminy Kites and Shikras. The Shikra is slightly larger than a crow and is very elegant and powerful. It swoops and picks up tiny mammals and birds with its powerful legs and talons.

The Shikra is on a high alert for the smaller birds of prey flying nearby.

The Shikra is on a high alert for the smaller birds of prey flying nearby.

On rare occasions, you will also stumble upon a male Laughing Dove making an impressive display to woo the love of his life. Incidentally, the dove has been so named because of its call which sounds like rippling laughter.The regions around the town are havens to study mating and nesting behaviour in birds.

The courtship dance of the Laughing dove is hard to resist for any on looker! (Banks of Chitravati river)

The courtship dance of the Laughing dove is hard to resist for any on looker! (Banks of Chitravati river)

To validate my point, I post a picture of a Night Heron family. The adult birds have a black and white (male) or brown and white (female) coloration. The juveniles and adolescents have a white spotted appearance. You could enjoy these family get-togethers along with your family!

A restless youngster of the night heron family takes off. (Inner banks of Sahebcheruvu lake)

A restless youngster of the night heron family takes off. (Inner banks of Sahebcheruvu lake)

If you are not satiated, have a look at many more birds in this video

With such a variety of bird-life, Puttaparthi should figure on any bird-lover's itinerary in India. This is especially true, if the visitor happens to be near the state of Andhra Pradesh.

If you enjoyed this, go ahead to the second part....

  • The beautiful birds of Puttaparthi - 2
    Puttaparthi, the abode of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is a haven for birds and therefore for bird lovers too! With more than a hundred species of birds being sighted within a few kilometers of the town, the surrounding forests and vegetation present

© 2011 Aravind Balasubramanya

Comments

Neeta on June 09, 2016:

Enjoyed the bird photos ver much to my delight. They look like clicked by a Journalist Professional photographer. Congrats! Amazing attraction to the serenity of Puttaparthi like the Ashrams of our Rishis from ancient time period. Sairam!

Shanti on May 31, 2016:

I live in Puttaparti and also delight in the many lovely birds. - but didn't know what they were or much about them. Until now! Thank you for this most. beautiful and informative photo essay. How about a "Birds of Puttaparthi" reference book?

Akula Gnana Dev from Puttaparthi, India on May 31, 2016:

The pictures are really beautiful and I sincerely apprecdiate

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on October 03, 2014:

Stunning photos and interesting text. You have beautifully done this hub. I wish to visit Puttaparthi once and enjoy all these. Baba loved all and spread the message of love and compassion. His works were greater that what the government did here. Thank you publishing this article here.

Sunita Menon on April 05, 2014:

Amazing photography Aravind.

the birds are just beautiful.

Didn't know Puttaparthi had such beautiful birds

Prashanth on October 18, 2012:

Wow!! I'm just seeing it now, though I 'd seen it earlier in a RadioSai feature. Please, please, please get it published in a newspaper. Let people know about such rich biodiversity in a so-called arid region. Parthi is one place that has got greener year after year!!

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on July 30, 2012:

@ Mr.Happy - Would love showing you around and meeting the birds when you come here!

@chef-de-jour - That was a lovely poem and so beautifully summed up what I felt....

@annmackiemiller - Thanks for dropping by and for your appreciation!

annmackiemiller from Bingley Yorkshire England on July 30, 2012:

beautiful photos - I especially liked the laughing doves

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on July 27, 2012:

What do birds hold but the colour we as humans crave, the songs we can only dream about and the feathers we wish we could conjure up out of the flesh. As for flight. Well, perhaps we fly in our minds but not as gracefully or dynamically.

Fine pictures with great captions. Many thanks.

moon munot on July 03, 2012:

i love lovely birds and lovely birds love me toooooooo

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on January 16, 2012:

You have some gorgeous photographs here Mr. Aravind!!

I was trying to see which one I liked most but it is pointless - they are all simply beautiful.

Although when I see crows/ravens (You did say there are some around), my heart flutters. I love ravens and they are a great Omen for me, when I see them. They guide/guard my path - I love them!

Many thanks for directing me to this article. Awesome! I love the colours too!

Mazlan A from Malaysia on December 08, 2011:

Beautiful photos. Congrats

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on December 04, 2011:

Thank you Rosika. Got the skills from my dad who is a photographer himself.

Thank you SilverGenes, Marin 55, Drax, amichael.

@Baileybear - you are right. There are some common birds between Australia and India.

@Lobobrandon - Felt very nice and special after reading your comment. Thank you lots

Brandon Lobo on December 04, 2011:

Wow being in India itself I haven't seen birds in such awesome backgrounds. Truly deserved a win!! Of all the photo hub winners this is the only one which I loved - it may be because I love nature - can't say..

Congrats!!

Baileybear on December 03, 2011:

stunning pics. Some of the birds are very similar to Australian native birds eg Ibis, kingfisher...

emichael from New Orleans on December 03, 2011:

These are awesome! Congrats on your win!

des donnelly from Co Tyrone.... on December 03, 2011:

Congratulations... !! ..a fine collection of excellent photos...

Marlin 55 from USA on December 03, 2011:

Gorgeous pictures. The sunbird was my favorite. Congratulations on your win.

SilverGenes on December 03, 2011:

Amazing work! Your photography is excellent and the subject matter is fascinating.

rosika on December 03, 2011:

These colorful and beautiful bird's has been well captured by you....Loved reading about them and observing your skill in taking photos via these pictures! Great job, voted up! And congratulation for being a winner!

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on December 03, 2011:

I am thankful to everyone for their wholehearted and wonderful appreciation. Reading each comment makes me feel so wonderful and connected.

@Sarahredhead - Let me know if you need a higher resolution file of the bee eaters for making your oil painting! I felt honored!

Sarah Jackson from Southern United States on December 03, 2011:

These are so beautiful! I am inspired to do an oil painting of the Green Bee Eaters! Excellent hub all the way!

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on December 02, 2011:

Gorgeous, lovely photos! When I saw the first photo of the Kingfisher, I smiled. The birds are so beautiful and what amazing images you have captured. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful hub, and congrats on your win in the contest!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on December 02, 2011:

Congrats, congrats, congrats - you take my breath away with your lovely pics of some of the things I try so hard at and fail in comparison. These are simply lovely pictures of one of my many passions. If you have the time, please email me directly and let me know what camera you use~

Quite lovely and could only hope and pray one of these days I get more closeups and personals of the birds that I so love to follow and photograph almost as much as I love to photograph my mals~

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 02, 2011:

Congratulations! It's easy to see why you won with this entry. Your photography is magnificent! Glad I took a look. Goodnight, Mary

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 02, 2011:

Congratulations on winning in The Patron of the Arts contest. This is a stunning hub!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 02, 2011:

These bird images have such clarity, they really come alive on the page, a well deserved win, congratulations aravindb1982. Regards, snakeslane

Claudia Tello from Mexico on December 02, 2011:

I loved the courtship dance of the laughing dove!

Congratulations for having won the photo contest!!!!!!

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on December 02, 2011:

Congratulations on wining the Hubpages Contest a worthy winner indeed!

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on November 25, 2011:

@ davenmidtown - Indeed it is! I have myself seen at least 4-5 varieties. In fact, the birds have opened my eyes to the rich biosphere that exists at Puttaparthi. lpanning to start shooting butterflies soon. I shall add dragonflies too to my portfolio! thanks

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on November 25, 2011:

aravindb1982, I would imagine Puttaparthi is blessed in dragonflies too?

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on November 25, 2011:

Thank you ajayshah2005, writing frosh, mistifields and Cyndi10 for your appreciation.

@ Maren Morgan M-T – Water is definitely calming and Puttaparthi is blessed to have four lakes with many small pools and ponds around.

@JaneSawyer – If ever you execute your plan of packing your bags to come here, just let me know! I shall be your guide!

@ Ravi bhaiya – You are always an inspiration for me in all that I do! Thank you.

Thank you randomcreative, hhunterr, Keith Matyi, Senoritaa and Esmeowl12 for the appreciation and kind words.

@ Ruchira – Thank you for the vote. Trust me, life with nature is a real treat.

@ Pooja Digumarti – Come over here fast so that we can go bird watching together!

Micheal from United Kingdom on November 25, 2011:

Beautiful pictures of birds. It's amazing that birds travel to all the best places in the world.

Beth Arch from Pearl of the Orient Seas on November 21, 2011:

Loved your images; they are so crisp. You must be a professional photographer. What camera do you use?

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on November 20, 2011:

Wow, the photography in this hub is top-of-the-line. Absolutely stunning! We are privileged to have this quality of work here at Hubpages. Gorgeous!

acc12 on November 20, 2011:

Wonderful photos! I especially enjoyed the Streaked Weaver bird with his bright yellow 'cap'. Your descriptions of the birds and their habits make me feel as if I've gone on this journey with you. Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Lovely.

CarolSai on November 19, 2011:

Thank you for sharing your passion with us. It's clearly your sadhana and your seva. You obviously connect with the birds at a deep spiritual level, for them to allow you to photograph them so intimately! Your photos are amazing and your info about the birds is so rich! Both bring us right there! Actually, when I'm in Parti, I've often wished I knew more about the birds there. I would love to go on a birding tour with you sometime. Can't wait to see more. I've always wanted to see a koel bird. I love its haunting call, but have never seen one. keep up the good work! Sai Ram

Bryce from Northern California Coast on November 18, 2011:

Vivid photographs -- the birds are striking, and you've captured them in such clear images. Thank you for all the information on the birds.

ContentVista from Hyderabad, India on November 18, 2011:

Wow.. I hope you draft another hub about how many of them are endangered species. I wouldn't be surprised if most of the ones you've put up here are! I do not want to spoil the joyeous hub obviously, but let this act as a Wake-Up call for all of us!! The beauty of nature lies in all its species intact and untouched by human invasion. Sai Baba would have wanted the same from us. :)

Padmanabhan TM on November 18, 2011:

Sairam Barru,

Amazing pics. Failed to notice these even though stayed there for 7 years. Just like us fail to recognise the God though HE is always with us

alvinalex on November 17, 2011:

Beautiful Hub, as well as pictures are too beautiful.

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on November 17, 2011:

@ Ardie – Thank you! You started off my day well with your appreciative note and the hub won in the end! ? Thank you.

@ Susan – Really! The kingfisher is magical and its sound too is so distinct.

@ tillsontitan – Exactly. But the wait for the birds is worthwhile and very rewarding. I have been lucky to stay in this place that has such an abundant variety….

Amey on November 17, 2011:

Well Aravind... i guess this is just the beginning... Roll them all out for the world to catch a glimpse of the myriad and infinite colours that throng at parthi!

The other thing which i am sure you must engage everyone is the effort you have put in getting this flying friends!

Eddie Carrara from New Hampshire on November 17, 2011:

Hello aravinb1982, your pictures are incredible and I thank you for giving me very interesting tidbits about each bird, thank you for sharing the world that surrounds you with me. Voted up and awesome!!!

Aarthi on November 17, 2011:

Very happy for you, that this hub got voted as 'Hub of the day'! :) Great going, bro!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 17, 2011:

What an awesome hub! The photos were outstanding! this definitely deserves hub of the day! Congrats on being chosen! You definitely deserved it!

I wish we had more tropical birds like this where I lived!

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on November 17, 2011:

No wonder this made Hub of the Day! Have you ever considered making a book of the 90 different birds you have photographed? It would be beautiful. The photos are simply spectacular...as if the birds posed personally for you...Congratulations on this Hub!

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on November 17, 2011:

Beautiful photographs of beautiful birds. Informative text. Great Hub!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 17, 2011:

Absolutely beautiful photos! I'm sure you must have greatly enjoyed getting to take them. Your information on each bird was very interesting...the hub was quite enjoyable. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing!

Kris Heeter from Indiana on November 17, 2011:

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing these lovely birds. I'll be forwarding this on to some bird lovers I know.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 17, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! You certainly deserve accolades for these outstanding photographs and interesting and informative writing! I was surprised to see some familiar birds here among this exotic (to me) collection, but I absolutely loved them all!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 17, 2011:

These are AMAZING and a well deserved place in the Hub of the Day! Good luck in the contest. Thanks for sharing your incredible photos. :)

naeemebrahimjee from London on November 17, 2011:

Excellent hub! Magnificent photographs! Truly great!

Keith Matyi from Denton, TX on November 17, 2011:

Absolutely stunning! Thanks for making my day! This is a hub that all Hubbers should strive for!

Pooja Digumarti on November 17, 2011:

great job! fantastic pics!

Ruchira from United States on November 17, 2011:

Such beautiful birds...in this hustle bustle of LIFE. We have forgotten such beautiful nature surrounds us.

thank you for the reminder!

This hub has been voted up as awesome.

I have bookmarked this hub to show the beautiful pix to my kid who is awed by the beauty of nature.

Rinita Sen on November 17, 2011:

Awesome is not the word! Just breathtaking!

Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on November 17, 2011:

Thanks for all the beautiful photos and info. What a delight for a birder like myself! Congrats on hub of the day!

hhunterr from Highway 24 on November 17, 2011:

How can you not comment? Winner!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 17, 2011:

Wow so many gorgeous photos and lots of great information! Wonderful hub. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

Ravi on November 17, 2011:

Barru, it is amazing. The whole write-up, the pics. All the good words you have got and will get are more than deserved. Way to go ...

mistifields on November 17, 2011:

I absolutely love this hub. Brilliant. Thank you for sharing.

JaneSawyer on November 17, 2011:

amazing, awesome and stunning. I just want to pack my bags and stay in your beautiful place for years looking and watching at these wonderful birds. Where I live if I manage to see a few colorful winged creatures in a year I consider myself lucky. You are truly blessed.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on November 17, 2011:

Such GORGEOUS photos! And I liked all the water in the background, also. I gained a sense of peace just looking at them! Thanks!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on November 17, 2011:

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful birds! Thank you for creating such amazing photography.

writingfrosh from Philippines on November 17, 2011:

Absolutely amazing hub! I find it very informative and interesting. Thanks for introducing to us the wonderful birds of Puttaparthi.

By the way, congratulations on being the hub of the day! :)

ajayshah2005 from Mid Asia on November 17, 2011:

Wow, so beautiful photos! They are all so clear and tremendous! You really did a great work. Congratulations for achieving Hub Of The Day!

Mary Craig from New York on November 17, 2011:

Great choice for hub of the day! Your photos are outstanding. I've tried to photograph a few birds here in New York and know the time and patience it takes to get a good one -- not only did you get good ones you got great ones! Really beautiful photos and interesting information. I would never have thought such beautiful birds lived in such a dry place. Again, congratulations on a truly excellent hub all around, not many hubs are awesome!

Susan36 from India on November 17, 2011:

wow - my favourite bird - the Indian Kingfisher ...i can't believe the pics they're so gorgeous...

i have written a post on 'kingfisher, blue, so blue' on WP but without an image...:( coz i couldn't capture the wily bird, and im no photographer:)),so it's a pleasure to see these wonderful birds you have captured...absolutely super! Congrats!

Sondra from Neverland on November 17, 2011:

Congrats on hub of the day, so deserving! Im proud to see you here with this beautiful hub :)

Shruti on November 17, 2011:

It is amazing…. I love the pics….

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on November 17, 2011:

Thank you every body for your sweet and gracious wishes! I feel so overwhelmed and happy. Birds have become a sort of obsession for me ever since I discovered that my hometown served as hometown to so many feathered friends too! Was waiting for a critical mass of photographs....Hope to publish part two of this hub very soon...

Once again, I am very grateful for all your encouraging words.

Thanks to Aarthi, Ajith, Hemanth, Shastry sir, Bhagawan Das, Poornima Srinath, Dummi and Kiran didi.

davenmidtown and Alternative Prime - I feel humbled with your words! Thank you! Hope to write more such hubs.

Simone Smith - I shall take them for a guided tour when they come!

punacoast - The reason for that is because the villagers here are very kind towards birds. They allow them to co exist.

LetitiaFT - hahahaha.....crows are the most common birds in India!

saisarannaga - It is all God's inspiration...

Thank you Thelma Alberts and carriethomson. The hub of the Day feels so good!

And yes! Thank you pstraubie48 and Sunshine625 for your very kind and encouraging words. I am grateful.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 17, 2011:

Outstanding hub! Beautiful photos of the birds! Thank you for sharing. Congrats on Hub of the Day, it was well earned:)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 17, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day...you deserve it. This was a lovely little journey to see these sweet birds. I love the shot of the little sunbird having some sippage. Thanks for capturing these images.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on November 17, 2011:

Hi aravindb1982, you have fabulous photographs here!! you are certainly a pro at it!! congratulations for being selected as the hub of the day

carrie

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on November 17, 2011:

A vote up hub. Indeed, this is the result of days and months of watching. Excellent photographs.I being very close to Puttaparthi, know about it very well. But nobody has written about the birds in the locality so well. Thumb up!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 17, 2011:

Beautiful birds! Awesome. Thanks for sharing and congratulations for the hub of the day.

saisarannaga from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. on November 17, 2011:

I wonder at your varied interests. I appreciate your hobby as a bird watcher. Really certain blessed souls in the form of birds enjoy the elevating atmosphere of Puttaparthi and the omnipresent Lord in the river banks and lake. It is natural that you are followed by many hubbers. May Swami bless you in all your endevours.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on November 17, 2011:

Beautiful, it certainly makes one want to visit Puttaparthi. We have bee eaters in France too, though not nearly as many as crows. In fact, it is so rare to see one that people catch them and take them to the zoo or customs office, thinking they're exotic birds that have escaped! I suppose that's because our other birds are not so bright and colorful. Thanks

swathi180 on November 17, 2011:

Amazing photography, the beauty of the birds is doubled in those photos.Great work Aravind.

poornimasrinath from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA on November 17, 2011:

I loved the indian roller or blue jay....one word to describe this bird is "Pulchritudinous"!

Kiran Umesh on November 16, 2011:

Arvind, ur fotos r BRILLIANT ! U've got Balubhaiya's magic :-)

Surya Dutta Bhagawan Das on November 16, 2011:

WOW!! This is sooooo good..

Sharanya on November 16, 2011:

:):) wow Baru..

Ajith Padyana on November 16, 2011:

Simply superb ! :-)!! You are awesome brother !! :-)

Hemanth on November 16, 2011:

Could not have imagined there were so many beautiful birds in the "arid" region. This is a fabulous collection with splendid and stunning photography. It shows how much of it we fail to notice until someone shows it to us. Thank you so much.

sastri on November 16, 2011:

My morning is inspired because of the beauty you shared. Thanks

Ahydz from Philippines on November 16, 2011:

Awesome!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 16, 2011:

WHAT INCREDIBLE PHOTOS!!! And what beautiful birds!! There are two big bird-watching and photographing fans in my family that I will have to share this Hub with. And I'll have to encourage them to visit Puttaparthi, too!!

Alternative Prime from > California on November 16, 2011:

Hello aravindb 1982 -

I thoroughly enjoyed your superb display of several distinct species of birds, some of which most of us have probably never laid eyes on before - The different colors, hues, tones and natural backdrops along with their truly unique individual personalities & characteristics is a pleasure to behold -

Great Gallery & I personally look forward to viewing more in the future -

THX for sharing - Alternative Prime -

Viet Doan from Big Island, Hawaii on November 16, 2011:

Beautiful birds! So interesting that Puttaparthi is a fast growing village but it still has such an amazing wildlife population. Thanks for sharing, I truly enjoyed your hub!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on November 16, 2011:

aravindb1982! What a beautiful (though the word is not strong enough) hub. Your photography makes me stop in awe and pause. This is perhaps one of the best hubs I have read this year! The information is amazingly brilliant... You have set a new bar for me to reach for! Thank you.

Aarthi on November 16, 2011:

Btw, I loved the photo of the Blue Jay the best! What a royal blue on his wings! Amazing color! What a painter our dear Swami is!

Aarthi on November 16, 2011:

Enthralling! :) Loved the photos! Must have been an amazing experience for you to see the birds live and to photograph them.

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on November 16, 2011:

@ dinkan53 - That is an interesting insight! There are about 5 types of doves I have seen in this region. They are similar with slight differences! Thank you for your vote.

@ raakachi - Thank you for your very kind words. I have been in Puttaparthi from the past 14 years, having done my education here. Nature gives us the experience of God!

@ vasantha T k - Thank you. If has been God's blessings and people's good wishes that I have been able to photograph some of these flying beauties. Nothing compares with seeing them live!

vasantha T k on November 16, 2011:

Beautiful hub. superb pictures with content.I love birds and this is the first hub of birds I came across. Voted up beautiful and useful. Bee eaters and Ashy Wren are so cute.Wish you all the best.

raakachi from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India on November 16, 2011:

Hello, Aravindb1982, where are you? why can't i not able to see you before in the 'Hubpages', so far? You have shown us the varieties of the flying beauties like the ornithologist, which i haven't ever seen before! What a stunning performance you had done. I am happy to follow you. Like the omnipresence of Bhaghawan Sri Satyasai baba in the holy land 'Puttaparthi', your hub also adds credit to his flower feet.voted up! Awesome and Beautiful.

dinkan53 from India on November 16, 2011:

Lovely hub with excellent photographs. My eyes stuck on the Laughing Dove, its beautiful and is otherwise called 'Rooiborsduifie' in Africa. voting up and beautiful

Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on November 16, 2011:

@ Ardie - The female of the Red Munia is equally stunning. It looks like a bird draped in a brown and red silk sari! I too am fascinated by birds and do some shooting daily. Just that I am allowed only 20 pictures per hub. Thank you for the appreciation...

Sondra from Neverland on November 16, 2011:

Stunning hub. I love birds, they are so beautiful. I especially liked the Red Munia. We have red birds here in Ohio but they don't have spots :)

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