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Shikra with a kill
Shikra with a kill

It was one of the action packed Keoladeo Ghana mornings and tourists gathered at a spot.. With such a chaos, it was sure that it was some sight to watch.. We saw Shikra, who has already killed a Coot was dragging it from the water body in the shades of a nearby tree. Immediately we started positioning ourselves for the best angle and could take some clicks… Although far off, could manage some decent clicks. We waited for this Shikra to drag the meal a bit further so that we could get some clicks in the open background. This action only took place in 3-5 minutes and after the tourists noise, the raptor tried to drag it a bit further to another nearby tree.. Unfortunately the kill was a bit heavy and despite of his attempt to air lift the kill, the kill was dropped mid way in the water. After quite a patience wait, we gave up as the predator did not come back to take his meal….

The Shikra is a small raptor (26–30 cm long) and like most other hawks, this species has short rounded wings and a narrow and somewhat long tail. Adults are whitish on the underside with fine rufous bars while the upperparts are grey. The lower belly is less barred and the thighs are whitish. Males have a red iris while the females have a less red (yellowish orange) iris and brownish upperparts apart from heavier barring on the under parts.

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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