Coppersmith Barbet

f/6.5, 1/250 sec, ISO-800, Focal length: 215mm
You must have heard the sound of tuk, tuk, tuk made by the Coppersmith Barbet. It sounds as if a coppersmith is striking some metal with a hammer. I’ve heard the sound many times but spotting this bird hasn’t been all that easy.

I was out in our colony to click photos of a pair of Oriental Magpie Robin and a pair of Common Tailorbird. That's when I noticed a Coppersmith Barbet in the same area. I tried getting as close to it as possible. It's quite easy to lose this bird in lush green trees so I had to hurry. Luckily for me, this bird wasn't very shy and stayed put for more than 3-4 minutes allowing me to take a few good shots. All the pictures were shot in "aperture priority" mode. It was late evening and there was no direct sunlight. I had to step the ISO up to 800. I usually don't go beyond ISO 400 in order to avoid the noise.

Coppersmith Barbet was announced as the official bird of Mumbai in 2011. This bird has survived the unrestrained, rapid development of the city and thus symbolizes its spirit. Coppersmith Barbets are mostly frugivorous i.e. fruit-eating birds but sometimes they eat insects, mainly winged termites. These birds are usually found solitary or in pairs, and in small groups (rarely) in gardens and groves. They are often seen sunning themselves in the morning on top of bare branches of tall trees.

More info about Coppersmith Barbet can be seen here.


f/6.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-800, Focal length: 215mm

f/6.5, 1/125 sec, ISO-800, Focal length: 215mm

f/6.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-800, Focal length: 215mm

f/6.5, 1/250 sec, ISO-800, Focal length: 215mm


11  comments:

  1. Wow What a Lovely Capture of such a Beautiful Bird...Nice One :-)

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  2. I'm impressed Kalpesh! Superb photographs. I envy you as I'm not good at photographing birds. This is a cutie and quite well disguised so you did very well!

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  3. Beautiful bird. Appreciate the effort you took to click these.

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