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Sun Bathing
Sun Bathing

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.. What we saw was Shikra preying a Coot and 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. With this raftor still not moving a bit, I scanned my eyes nearby. I find this darter, carefree of what is happening nearby, busy sun bathing and couldn’t resist clicking some shots...

The "darters" or "snakebirds" are mainly tropical water birds. The term "snakebird" refers to their long thin neck, which has a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies submerged, or when mated pairs twist it during their bonding displays. "Darter" is used with a geographical term when referring to particular species. It alludes to their manner of procuring food, as they impale fishes with their thin, pointed beak.

Darters feed mainly on mid-sized fish; far more rarely, they eat other aquatic vertebrates and large invertebrates of comparable size. These birds are foot-propelled divers that quietly stalk and ambush their prey; then they use their sharply pointed bill to impale the food animal.

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