There is this Photo-book titled “The Birds of Daly College” created by the Students and Staff of Daly College, Indore, India. Most of the photos were taken by Kanak Bali Singh, a teacher and a friend. I had the opportunity to go through this impressive book and learned that although I had been to Daly College several times, I did not know so many birds were actually residing in the campus. So finally I got a chance to take my camera and venture out.
Indian Pond Heron also called Paddy Bird is very common but can be easily missed when they stalk prey at the edge of small water-bodies or even when they roost close to human habitations. The following two photos show one of them waiting still and looking to attack some fish on the pond. I waited and waited and my arms were paining so much after a point that I was almost relieved when some students came running and the bird flew away.
You can see Peacocks everywhere in the Campus. The dazzle you with their beautiful colourful feathers specially the males.
The Indian cormorant or Indian shag is larger than the Little Cormorant ( Which is a Sea bird) and found in rivers and wetlands.
There are Several types of Kingfishers found here, the Common Kingfisher, the White-breasted Kingfisher and the Pied Kingfisher among others.
There are a few Emus also nurtured in seperate area with restricted access.
I will come back soon with more birds in Part 2. Please click on an image to see a larger version.