These snaps are for the birds! Nature photographer captures incredible moments — including a tiny bird bathing in a flower petal — in stunning detail
When it comes to wildlife photography, Rahul Singh knows what he’s doing. From a tiny bird using a flower petal as her bathtub to a magnificent egret caught mid-landing and a bunch of cute monkeys sitting in a tree — Singh has captured some of nature’s most incredible moments. Click through to see some of his amazing photos…
Singh has captured hundreds of photographs around his home in Jalpaiguri, India over the past few years. But snapping this tiny bird cooling off in a flower petal full of water was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime moment’ for him.
‘I visited a place where there were bushes of these ornamental bananas to take photos of sunbirds sucking nectar from it,’ Singh told The Dodo. ‘Everything was going as usual when, suddenly, I was shocked that the crimson sunbird started taking a bath in the water stored in the banana flower petal.’
He quickly took out his camera and started snapping the beautiful moment. Sharing his photographs on Instagram, Singh wrote: ‘In India, the Autumn days are hot and humid but the nights are pleasant. In the morning, dew drops are found on the edge of grass, flower petals and sometimes water is stored in the flower petals.’
He continued: ‘A Crimson Sunbird female refreshing herself with the water which is stored in the petal of an ornamental banana flower as if nature creates a floral bath tub for her.’
‘I was literally stunned to see this unusual behavior,’ Singh said. ‘I kept my camera’s shutter button pressed as the bird took her bath.’
‘It’s amazing how nature can surprise us,’ the photographer told The Dodo.
Bird photography is a true passion for Singh who also snapped this mesmerizing shot of a hungry purple sunbird snacking on a flower. You can distinguish a male from a female sunbird from the bird’s metallic blue feathers and maroon chest.
Pictured: A female purple sunbird enjoying an afternoon treat. Female sunbirds usually have an olive back and yellow stomach, as seen here.
Singh zoomed in extremely close to get the detail in this chestnut tailed starling’s wide eye. The bird is seen here sitting on a stunningly bright coral flower.
It’s not just small birds that catch Singh’s eye. This photograph shows a common hawk cuckoo glaring back at his camera.
Singh captured an egret landing in water — and its magnificent white wingspan — in this photograph. The bird was most likely hunting or coming home to rest after a flight as they usually hang around marshes.
This photograph captures a pair of blue tailed bee eaters. The richly colored birds usually live along the water, but look distracted by the nearby snapper in this picture.
Another Singh photograph shows a green bee-eater bird in all its glory — showing off its fabulous coloring and wingspan.
This shot shows an incredibly beautiful oriental white-eye bird gracefully perched on a tree branch. This type of bird is generally only found on the Indian subcontinent.
According to the photographer, this shot shows a ‘common shelduck captured at Gajoldoba wetlands’.
Singh captions this photo: ‘Close up of Indian peafowl’.
And while Singh has captured his fair share of incredible feathered photos, his other animal shots are just as stunning. He captured this photo: ‘Gray langur posed as if it was doing “Baddha Konasana”,’ more commonly known as butterfly pose.
Another shot shows a mother and child gray langur monkey sitting in a tree.
Singh captured this photo: ‘The greater one horned rhinoceros’!