Eviction attempt

Ganesh H Shankar's Image

The parakeets were not impressed. They had returned to their nest to find a Bengal monitor lizard had settled in. The birds immediately set about trying to evict the squatter: biting and hanging off its tail. This went on for two days, giving Ganesh several chances to capture the fast-moving action.

Rose-ringed parakeets are intelligent birds that usually nest in small holes for better protection from predators. Monitor lizards are good climbers, particularly young ones, which seek safety in the trees. They scavenge for anything, from small invertebrates to frogs, birds and small mammals – as well as eggs.

Behind the lens

Ganesh H Shankar

Ganesh H Shankar


Ganesh has been photographing nature for over two decades. He is currently focusing on creative and artistic expressions of subjects in nature. He is fascinated by what we don't know about nature.

Image details

  • Nikon D810
  • 200mm f2 lens
  • 1/500 sec at f5  •   ISO 400
  • Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, India
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