After the success of photographing the Collared Kingfisher at close quarters, I was returning to Barefoot ambling along the beach when I noticed some movement at the shrubs lining the beach. I walked closer to investigate and a Racket-tailed Drongo was perched beautifully on a low branch. I took a record shot (below) and took a few steps towards it. While I have seen the Racket-tailed Drongo many times, I did not have good pictures of one, until today.

Racket-tailed Drongo

Racket-tailed Drongo

Racket-tailed Drongo

When I realized that this Racket-tailed Drongo was tolerating my presence, I took a couple of steps even closer and took this picture (above). Then the Drongo surprised me by flying towards me and perched even closer at almost eye-level again clearly in the open. I thanked my lucky stars for the opportunity of having this Racket-tailed Drongo beautifully perched, and took a few pictures. The friendly subject obliged me with a couple of poses against different background and made my day.

Racket-tailed Drongo

It then flew back to a slightly higher perch and I took a few last pictures (below). The light was fading fast and it looked like this Racket-tailed Drongo had settled on this branch for roosting for the evening.

Racket-tailed Drongo

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