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Monarch and the chicks

Last Saturday, I happened to see the nesting activity of a Black-naped Monarch. Here are a few pics. 

Utmost care should be taken to avoid any harm to the birds during nesting season when they are most vulnerable.

Here are a few guidelines to follow during nest photography:
1. Do some research on the bird's and the chicks' behavior, conservation status etc.
2. Observe and read any signs of distress or fear.
3. Use telephoto lens and shoot from a distance.
4. Protect nest from predators and don't disturb the surroundings.


The black-naped monarch or black-naped blue flycatcher is a slim and agile passerine bird belonging to the family of monarch flycatchers found in southern and south-eastern Asia. They are sexually dimorphic, with the male having a distinctive black patch on the back of the head and a narrow black half collar ("necklace"), while the female is duller with olive brown wings and lacking the black markings on the head.

Male Black-naped monarch...






Female inspecting the nest...


Here's a video of the male Black-naped monarch made from a burst...



Some feeding shots...

























I also saw a Tickell's blue flycatcher...



Ended the day with the sighting of a beautiful Little Ringed Plover...



Hope you liked the post. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below...


47 comments:

  1. What a beautiful bird the Black-naped Monarch is! Such a gorgeous colour! Thank you for sharing these stunning photos.

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  2. The Monarch is an amazing blue - gorgeous bird!

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  3. Thank you for these fascinating photos, I'm thrilled they are so cute the boys but also the latter photo!

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  4. Oh my goodness! With such a beautiful bird like this, I think I'd be camped out nearby to not miss a thing! Wow.
    Your post today is a treasure. I enjoyed every minute here and want to thank you for participating at IRBB this week.

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  5. Fantastic photos of this beautiful bird (and family)!

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  6. Gorgeous looking bird and fantastic photos.

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  7. They are fantastic...thanks for sharing!
    So different from what I am accustomed to see in my surroundings.

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  8. Wow, what a gorgeous bird! Such a beautiful blue color. Great series of photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

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  9. Monarch is so regally blue. Now i know why they call it the regal blue! <3 Amazing pics!

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  10. Good advice about nest security. Your pictures are quite superb and it is obvious that you caused the birds no harm. What a gorgeous bird the monarch is. Suitably named!

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  11. Amazing pics, the parents are so busy feeding their babies <3 So adorable!

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  12. wow, that is a beautiful bird. And even the chicks are beautifully colored. Make for great imagery. :) Thanks for sharing :) Hm, never thought of making a movie of the burst. :)

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  13. What an amazing blue colour. You got some amazing pictures of the parents and chicks. - Margy

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  14. wow amazing birds pics.
    Great post.

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  15. The Monarch is such a sweet little bird! Superb photos.

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  16. The flycatcher is absolutely stunning - such vivid blue! I'd love a gown JUST that color!
    Thank you for lining up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/06/sink-drink.html

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  17. All fabulous photos but that black-naped monarch is quite stunning. Both male and female are beautiful but the male has of course go to have the better colours to show off 😊 Take care and keep safe. Diane

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  18. WOW!! How incredibly exciting for you to have captured such wonderful photos! Congratulations! Have a wonderful week!

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  19. My husband and I both sat down and looked at your photos! The Monarch is just beautiful in that brilliant blue. And those baby birds are the cutest with their necks outstretched! Very interesting to see those woven nests in the last post too. Oh and I love the bird with the feathers all in a blur! Beautiful photos as always! WOW!

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  20. Birds must have a harder time (more precision to get it in the babies' mouths!) feeding their young, than humans do! And their "house" is so cramped! I don't know with all these babies there is also place for the parents in the tiny nest! Am glad they don't need a living room, bed rooms, and bathrooms, haha. At least in the bird world, the males are the ones who get to shine, even without trying, with their colors:) Many thanks for this beautiful and interesting post for All Seasons, Shiju! Much appreciated, and have a great exploratory week, Jesh

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  21. The Monarch is such an adorable bird! Incredible photography as always, Shiju.

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  22. I love the colors of the male and female Monarchs. How heaven it would be to wear any shade of those blues. Thanks for sharing the beauty you see. :-)

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  23. These photos are brilliant and so was your advice good post :-)

    Have a tweettastic safe week 😷😷😷

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  24. That bird is a beauty king! Nature is so amazing. So are your photos.

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  25. Such a beautiful bird, thanks for sharing :)

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  26. Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing close-up views of birds that I've never seen.

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  27. What a great post. Beautiful birds---babies too---Gorgeous colors.
    MB

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  28. Gorgeous photos - I cannot believe the blue on that bird.
    Amalia
    xo

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  29. He is beautiful! Love the hungry babies!

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  30. Oh the monarch is a beautiful bird and the sweet hungry chicks .... what a wonderful photo series. This is great ...thank you for sharing.

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  31. How fantastic this was to see and how careful you were when you were taking your photos. You have so much talent! Sharing it with us is appreciated. Thank you so much for linking up. We are more half way through the year now. Next week it's time for: 27/51 Taking Stock #3 6.7.2020 so I look forward to seeing you then, on or off prompt. Denyse.

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  32. Lovely pictures of a fantastic bird!

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  33. What a beautiful bird! I'm always in awe of your photos and the text along with them. Hope you are having a great week!

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  34. What a stunning bird! How fortunate to see the whole family!

    'My Corner of the World' is happy to see you this week! Thanks for linking.

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  35. Oh, oh, oh. I love that beautiful blue bird. Even the female has beautiful color. And the feet are blue, too.

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  36. OMG, the first bird is really amazing!!
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  37. Wonderful pictures 🙂 great.

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  38. Stunning photos. I have never seen the first bird before.

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  39. Oh wow! That Monarch is beautiful and what great shots of all the babies.

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  40. Thanks for being so patient with your camera so we could benefit from your pictures.

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  41. Lots of color and just enough shadows to make life interesting!

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  42. Hello, The Monarch bird is just beautiful. It is so cute to see the babies being fed. Great collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend! PS, thank you for the visit and comment.

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  43. The Black-naped Monarch is a stunning little bird. Awesome captures.

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  44. So, so great! A wonderful series of photos! OMG, the little ones are so cute!

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