Shades of Grey!
Had some amazing time wandering around part of the southern western ghats in Tamil Nadu. Had prepared a small checklist and expected them to be seen. Usually not a birder but had still included few raptors in the list that i might come across. A fish eagle, esp., this one, a lesser fish eagle was not at all in my mind. This came as a pleasant surprise.
It was in late afternoon drizzling on off, we were sipping some delicious soup under a wooden hut next to a small river. It was great!! From nowhere a huge grey bird flew and perched on a tall tree on the other side of the river and within few seconds it disappeared into the thicket.
The lesser fish eagle is a species of ''Ichthyophaga'' found in the Indian subcontinent, primarily in the foothills of the Himalayas, and south-east Asia. There have been some stray reports from Gujarat and Central India and in more recent times from the Kaveri river valley in southern India. The distribution in southern India is not yet confirmed.
Lesser fish eagles are fish-eating birds that have feet adapted to aid in gripping slippery fish. They have strongly curved talons, and spicules.. more