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  • The beautiful mischevious chirp

    The chestnut-headed bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti), or bay-headed bee-eater.

  • The beautiful mischevious chirp

    As we ventured into the lush wilderness of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR), armed with nothing but my trusty camera and a sense of adventure, little did I know that I was about to encounter one of nature's most colourful characters - the chestnut-headed bee-eater, or as I affectionately call it, the bay-headed bee-eater.

    With its vibrant plumage of chestnut and emerald green, the bay-headed bee-eater is a sight to behold against the backdrop of the jungle foliage. As our gypsy rode on the dirt track of Kachchi Patri, I keenly watched through the dense undergrowth, trying to catch a glimpse of this elusive avian beauty, I couldn't help but marvel at its graceful flight and agile movements.

    Suddenly, there it was - perched majestically on a branch, its keen eyes scanning the surrounding landscape for its next meal. With bated breath, I raised my camera, determined to capture this fleeting moment of natural wonder.

    But just as I was about to press the shutter button, the mischievous bee-eater seemed to sense my presence. With a flick of its tail and a mischievous chirp, it darted off into the canopy, leaving me with nothing but a blurred image and a sense of awe.

    Undeterred, I decided to try my luck again, determined to outwit this feathered trickster. Minutes turned into hours as I patiently waited, hoping for another chance encounter with the elusive bay-headed bee-eater.

    And finally, my persistence paid off. With a click of my camera, I captured the chestnut-headed bee-eater in all its glory - a fleeting moment frozen in time, a testament to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

    As I rested my gear down to search for other beautiful marvels of the PTR, I couldn't help but smile at the memory of my encounter with the bay-headed bee-eater. It isn't just about the photograph, but the exhilarating journey of discovery and the unforgettable moments spent in the company of nature's most enchanting creatures.

    400 mm, ISO 250, f/7.1, 1/160 Seconds.

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