I was very happy to have my friends Abhijit, Ammu and Hassath over from Delhi. AMS has been an unfailing source of help with my faltering steps in birdwatching, and has never once laughed at the mistakes I keep making!
So off we went (with AMS’ friend Vinay, Rohit, and Krupakar at almost the last minute!)…so of course, the sun was still playing hide and seek with the cloud and the trees. However, the drizzle that we started with, did stop, and the sun came shining through the foliage:
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We ambled through the paths, and the recent rain gave us the sight of this collection of diamonds, strung up in the air...imagine the Giant Wood Spider who has a house of diamonds, that any millionaire might envy!
It was lovely to see the winter visitors to our shores; I enjoyed listening to several GREENISH LEAF WARBLERS singing together in the trees, a joyous sound. We also saw two PIED KINGFISHERS flying in formation to their perch above the "Croc Pond", and three
swooped and dipped and chased each other through the trees...and one finally landed on a branch as if to pose for us!
Our residents are no less beautiful...it was fun to watch this
pretending to be a woodpecker, pecking at the bark of the tree to get breakfast.
I took a shot of the JLR Hill View Restaurant as we left, with the hillock behind still shrouded in the clouds...
I only wish, when there are jeeps and other cars and regular traffic on the roads, Forest Guards would not keep telling us we are not allowed on the public paths! Several jeeps and vans sped on their way past us while we were there, but we heeded the words of the guards and walked away, missing our regular sighting of the TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER.
The bird list:
Bee-eater Small Green
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Warbler, Greenish Leaf
Rohit, meanwhile, was getting some butterflies:
Common Cerulean (wsf)
Blue, Tiny Grass
Bushbrown, Long Brand
Grass Yellow, Common
Grass Yellow, Three-Ring