I list here with pictures of some birds that I saw today near/at the lake away from Mysore. I had never been there before. I'd be pleased if I'm helped with names of these birds from the so-so pictures. Hope that is not much of a hindrance. Some clues too would do.
Thanks Resin. You are right about all you have mentioned. Your clues took me to the right pages in my book. The book says it is the Purple Moorhen. But it is all the same. The bird with wings open in that picture could also be the same.
You say it is a young swallow . Does that develop the tail and pointed wings as it grows older?
Is this the adult swallow - this is a severely cropped picture, sorry.
You are quite right. The pose of the bird in Dinu's picture is very like a Wood-swallows and I jumped to the wrong conclusion. I have seen Artamus fuscus at Kandy in Sri Lanka (when it wa sknown as Ceylon) many years ago and am very familiar with a couple of Artamus species here in Australia.