Shikra in Action
While birding on an evening, I noticed this individual sitting on a wall across the road. He was very focused and was looking for prey on an open field ahead. I thought there might be a chance of him attempting a kill. Although, he did not do that, however, there was some movement on the ground and he walked along to see what’s there, while I clicked this picture. Shikra, A common, widespread resident across Asia and Africa. Adult males have a reddish iris, blue-grey upperparts and fine brownish-orange barring on underparts. Females have a yellowish iris and brownish-grey upper parts. Both have narrow dark barring on the tail. Juveniles are browner with a prominent moustachial stripe and streaked underparts. It hunts for a wide variety of prey in woodland, savannah, and even suburban gardens, dashing out from perches within vegetation to grab its prey.