Saari Village, Uttarakhand, India

In flight this tail is all fun, but when perched it can be somewhat cumbersome after landing, as it comes on the way of branches, as seen here.

Every such entanglement takes a toll on the feathers, and it is all up to the bird to constantly tend to it by passing it through its beak to connect all the separated barbs and applying oil to repel water. It takes a healthy individual to keep the plumage pristine.

Elevation: 2030 meters

It sounds like this:




  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D4S
  • Focal length: 800mm
  • ISO: 4000
  • Shutter speed: 1/400 s