Malabar Crested Lark
few hours before this shot in the night with moon light we were roaming searching reptiles with our torch lights..
Suddenly saw this lark on the ground resting & i immediately asked my friends to turn off their torches & we left the bird alone..
Next late morning we were searching 'giant squirrels' there and while returning this fella gave me some nice poses..
to get clean background i had to lie down on the ground & while doing so my movements made it run lil away from me.. But still managed something which is better than nothing..
Shot at 250mm & this is approx 50% crop. so you can guess the distance :-)
The Malabar lark, or Malabar crested lark is a sedentary breeding bird in western India.
This is a common bird of open country, cultivation and scrub, often at some altitude. It nests on the ground, laying two or three eggs. Its food is seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.
This is a smallish lark, slightly smaller than the skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than the skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edges of that species,.. more