The Oriental Skylark is a widespread resident and winter visitor in India. On the outskirts of Bangalore, the Hesserghatta Lake with its open grasslands and proximity to a water body is an ideal habitat for this Skylark and we get to see and observe it in close proximity.
In the open grassland, the singing display of the male Oriental Skylark makes for interesting observation. It often rockets into the sky and then hovers for a while before making a descent to its perch on the ground, singing all the while. Though this species is a mere 16cm in size, it is their distinctive crest that makes them look larger than they actually are.

All images are taken with D300, 300mm f2.8 lens mounted with the 2x TC.