The Youngest Birder

July 10, 2010

It was a delightful suprise to this clicker

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when DnA asked me if they could take KTB (Kavya-the-Biddles) birding to Valley School…so off we went this morning! At the age of 1 year and 2 months, she is definitely the youngest birdwatcher I know.

Here’s the family, all ready to start birding:

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We were, quite literally, up with the lark…at least, this


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We were soon joined by the Valley School dog (there were 3, actually) with dog vs 10710 Our sightings started on a high note when we saw this ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD atop a tree: oriental honey buzzard 100710 vs Then I pointed out the LAUGHING DOVE Photobucket and the ASHY PRINIA sitting on the same tin roof! ashy prinia 100710 vs A SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA was obviously engaged in home construction: scaly-breasted munia iwth nesting matl vs 100710 DnA enjoyed seeing the "clown" red cheek patches of the RED-WHISKERED BULBUL: red-whiskered bulbul vs 100710 they all listened to the ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN singing: oriental magpie robin 100710 They didn't know that the WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER ate insects as well as fish: white-breasted kf 100710 My daughter spotted the BLUE-FACED MALKOHA ahead of everyone: blue-faced malkoha vs 100710 KM, meanwhile, looked at the WHITE-BROWED BULBUL: white-browed bulbul vs 10710 It was lovely to see this COPPERSMITH BARBET visiting its nest, without any fear of us! 100710 coppersmith barbet at nest vs These juvenile GREEN BEE-EATERS made a lovely picture against the blue sky: small green bee-eater juv 100710 vs At the pond area, we watched the resident TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER singing so beautifully: There was a FANTAIL FLYCATCHER too, but I couldn't get a photograph! At the far edge of the pond, I saw these COMMON MOORHENS: 100710 common moorhen vs It was fun to watch people going single file across the pond bund: line on pond 100710 Though KTB was generally well-behaved, there were episodes of "Carry me! I won't walk any more!" (Sometimes, on long birding trips, I also feel like doing the same!) won't walk! 100710 DnA enjoyed clicking each other as much as their surroundings: clicking the spouse vs 100710 I caught some of the butterflies around, alas, not all of them! Here's a WHITE-YELLOW TIP: white yellow-tip 100710 white yellow-tip vs 100710 This dragonfly's a SCARLET MARSH HAWK: scarlet marsh hawk 100710 and a TAWNY COSTER: common leopard vs 100710 I pointed out the copper pods that give the COPPER-POD SHIELD-BEARER TREE its name: copper-shield bearer 100710 KTB, of course, also enjoyed the antics of this puppy.... puppy vs 100710 and, even more, the antics of this baby MACAQUE: baby macaque 100710

So, though the need for KTB’s breakfast, and the increasing heat, cut our birding trip short, it was a most enjoyable one, and here are DnAnK, posing for us….

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Three cheers for the youngest birder I know!

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Bird List:

Babbler, Yellow-billed Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-Eater, Small Green Bulbul,Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bushchat,Pied Bushlark, Indian Buzzard, Oriental Honey Coucal,Larger Crow,House Crow,Jungle Egret,Cattle Fantail, White-browed Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (Rufous male) Kingfisher, White-throated Kite,Black Koel,Asian Malkoha, Blue-faced Moorhen, Common Munia, Scaly-breasted Mynah, Common Mynah,Jungle Parakeet, Rose-ringed Pigeon, Blue Rock Prinia, Ashy Robin,Indian Robin,Oriental Magpie Sparrow,House Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow,Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swift,Common Tailorbird, Common

Not bad for less than 2 hours!

KTB id’d EVERY bird correctly… whenever she saw a bird, she said “bubbuh”, which means bird, and you can’t get more correct than that!