I think we were all totally agreed that the NTP meet at the
Jungle Lodges and Resorts
was really excellent in terms of bird sighting.In fact, we just did not have to go beyond the Gol Ghar to see a variety of birds!
However, our safaris yielded a good number of birds too….
Most striking was this fantastic owl, that I have never see before, just look at the mesmerizing eyes of the
SPOT-BELLIED EAGLE OWL
I've not often seen the
but here it is, with a
swooping up to say hello to it!
here it is, by itself on the wire:
On the drive back home, we saw the beautiful
the birds landed on this un id fruit tree....
sailed past and landed in a field rather too far for me to go to!
Though it's rather out-of-focus, I did get this passing shot of the
and this graceful
We saw this
with some kind of insect in its mouth, we're not sure what:
as plentiful as the usual Rose-Ringed ones:
(these...can you see two in the pic?....are females, and not Slaty-Headed Parakeets!)
I loved the tiny beauty of this
BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH
in that huge mass of tree-trunks!
Equally tiny is this
The more drab colours of the
ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER
were still attractive:
So, too, the stunning beauty of the
Another owl that we saw (a guaranteed sighting on the BR Hills safari, usually!) was this
BROWN FISH OWL
This time it was doing a great job of looking like a dead branch on the tree!
Let's not forget the large number of
CRESTED SERPENT EAGLES
we saw each day....
At several places, these
CRESTED TREE SWIFTS
settled on the topmost branches, what beauties they are!
But for the most part, all we had to do was wander around near the Gol Ghar, and just look at some of the birds within 30 feet of the place!
There were several
whisking themselves and their "musical note" tails around!
The extremely beautiful and whimsically named
ASIAN FAIRY BLUEBIRD
gave us a few moments of pleasure!
On the tree-trunks, the
hopped along, seeking insects, and making it extremely difficult to photograph!
I got this
LESSER YELLOW-NAPED WOODPECKER
Here's a video of it, making a new home in a tree quite close to the parking area...completely unconcerned about humans!
I also got the
GREATER FLAMEBACK WOODPECKER
pretty close by:
The picture this
made, with the spiral of branch and twig going in to meet the bird, was very pretty!
Another lifer for me on the SILK-COTTON tree, was this
that came to feed on the flowers' nectar:
of course, came and went:
I couldn't take a good shot of this
but thou shalt not sneer at documentation shots!
was in eclipse plumage (that is, fresh plumage growing out):
was another beauty that was right overhead(this one's the female, doing all the hard work, as usual!)
Of course, the K.Gudi camp decided to say bye to the NTP meet in its own inimitable way...as we were gathering for the group photo, this spectacular
ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER
decided to flash and quiver its long-tailed self all over the mango tree, and had us exclaiming in delight!
here it is, in flight:
Nothing like a Paradise Flycatcher’s eye appeal to finish off the birdwatching at K.Gudi!