It’s a hot summer here in Pune and we keep little water receptacles for birds near two bushes. The spot remains cool as the Sweet lime and the Kadipatta bushes are watered regularly. It’s a great joy to observe different birds jauntily coming-up to quench their thirst.
This post is on a Shikhra who comes and sits imposingly for at least 20 to 30 minutes every day around 2 pm. Watching him motionless it’s as if he is in a state of deep meditation 🙂
The Shikra is about 26–30 cm long and like most other hawks, this species has short rounded wings and a narrow and somewhat long tail. Adults are whitish on the underside. It is known for its speed, which can reach over 320 km/h perhaps the fastest in the animal world.
It feeds on small birds like the sparrow and other medium-sized birds, or even reptiles. Perhaps that is why the other small birds keep-off when the Shikhra is perched under the bushes in our cool haven.
Interesting isn’t it?? 🙂
My friend Ajay has added some beautiful and interesting facts on the powerful ‘Shikhra’ which I incorporate in this post –
dear dilip, Thanks for sharing a lovely snap of Indian shikra\falcon. This bird is also known as BAZ. Guru Gobind Singh was very fond of this bird. Guru Gobind Singh is the 10 th Guru who was a great poet, phillopher and at the same time a great soldier. He fought against the muslim kings to save Hindus being forcibly converted into muslim religion as they thought it was there religious duty. This bird known as BAZ you will find sitting on his shoulders or right hand in most of his photographs. BAZ is a very very alert and aware bird and warn if there is any danger around and extremely quick in action. It is a rare honour that this bird comes to your house. with best wishes and warm regards. ajay