The Birds of Valparai

January 15, 2009

It was really staggering to see the number of birds at any given location in the Valparai area and its surroundings….

The first morning, on the way to Valparai from Coimbatore, we stopped at Monkey Falls, and apart from the raptors that we saw, there were….

A rufous ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER that started the proceedings off:

rufous paradise flycatcher monkey falls area valparai 100109

the GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD, living up to its name, next to a leaf: golden-fronted leafbird 100109 monkey falls area PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRDS, male: purple-rumped sunbird monkey falls area 100109 and female: purple-rumped sunbird female on flowers monkey falls area 100109 A LOTEN'S SUNBIRD: Loten's sunbird Monkey Falls area Valparai 100109 An ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN: orinetal magpie robin valparai 100109 and this CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER: 100109 chestnut-headed bee-eater merops leschenaulti puthuthottam valparai The Puthuthottam area, just outside Valparai town, also gave us great sightings; one bird I could not get a shot of was the MALABAR WHISTLING THRUSH; when Garima or Jainy send me their image, I will put it up here! Meanwhile, info about this bird is here . But I managed to get a low-light shot of the MALABAR GREY HORNBILL: Photobucket On the Valparai-Chalakkudy road, we saw several SCARLET MINIVETS, including this one taking off: scarlet minivet in flight 110109 valparai Even a common PIED BUSHCHAT seemed to pose better for us: pied bushchat male valparai 110109 We watched this female GREATER FLAMEBACK WOODPECKER for a while as she made her rattling calls: greater flameback woodpecker female 110109 chalakkudy road We had earlier seen the male : greater flameback woodpecker 100109 We came to the conclusion that this bird on a large silk-cotton tree was the EURASIAN BLACKBIRD: Photobucket

Here’s the kind of scenery that greeted us all along our trip:

valparai crown type peak

OK, Cinderella time is long past….more about Valparai before I leave for Daroji!