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November 24, 2010

Dandeli has several varieties of


though we did see the Malabar Grey, the majority of our sightings were the


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We saw them every where; in the mist: Photobucket In the sunshine: 2 hrnbills 201110 In a romantic mood: loving hornbills as silhouettes: hornbill silhouettes I got a hornbill in flight: hornbill flight Here's a short video of them:


is a lovely action story of the Malabar Grey Hornbill, taken on a previous visit to the Dandeli Timber Camp!

Hornbills are majestic birds, and it was a pleasure to renew my acquaintance with them!

And here’s the birds-and-others list from Dandeli:

Babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Jungle Barbet, Brown-headed Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-Eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-Eater, Small Green Bulbul-Yellow-browed Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-Whiskered Bulbul, White-browed Bushchat, Indian Buzzard, Oriental Honey Coot, Common Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Little Coucal, Greater Crow, Large-billed Cuckoo, Common Hawk Darter, Oriental Dove, Eurasian Collar Dove, Spotted Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Bronze Drongo, White-bellied Drongo,Black Drongo,Greater Racket-tailed Duck,Lesser Whistling Eagle,Lesser Fishing Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Grey-headed Fishing Egret, Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret,Little Flowerpecker, Pale-billed (Tickell's) Flowerpecker, Thick-billed Flycactcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue (heard) Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail (Krishna) Flycatcher-Shrike, Bar-winged Fulvetta, Brown-cheeked (Quaker Babbler..heard) Garganey Grebe, Little Harrier, Western Marsh Heron, Pond Heron,Purple Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Ibis, Black-headed Iora, Common Kestrel, Common Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Small Blue Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-breasted Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Koel, Asian Lapwing, Red-wattled Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Golden-fronted Martin, Dusky Crag Munia, Black-headed Munia, Scaly-breasted Mynah, Common Mynah, Hill Mynah, Jungle Nuthatch, Velvet-fronted Oriole, Black-naped Oriole, Eurasian Golden Parakeet, Plum-headed Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parrot, Vernal Hanging Peafowl, Indian Pied Flycatcher-shrike Pigeon, Blue Rock Pigeon, Yellow-footed Green Pipit,Paddyfield Prinia, Jungle Prinia, Plain Robin, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Roller, Indian Sandpiper, Common Shama, White-rumped (heard) Shikra Shrike, Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Silverbill, Indian Sparrow, House Spoonbill, Eurasian Starling, Brahminy Starling, Chestnut-tailed Stork, Woolly-necked Sunbird, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Wire-tailed Swift, House Tailorbird, Common Tern, Little Tern, River Thrush, Malabar Whistling (heard) Tit, Black-lored Tit, Great Treepie, Rufous Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Greenish Leaf Waterhen, White-breasted Weaver, Baya White-eye, Oriental Woodpecker, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Greater Flameback Woodshrike, Common Un id Raptor Butterflies: Blue, Gram Blue, Grass Blue, Pea Birdwing,Southern Bush Brown, Common Bush Brown, Evening Bush Brown, Glad-eye Cerulean, Common Coster, Tawny Crow, Common Crow, Double-banded Count, Grey Grass Yellow,Spotless Grass Yellow,Three-Spot Eggfly, Danaid Emigrant, Common Emigrant, Mottled Jezebel,Common Mormon, Blue Nawab, Common Nigger, Common Pansy,Chocolate Pansy, Grey Pansy, Peacock Pansy, Yellow Pierrot, Red Psyche Rose, Common Rose, Crimson Tiger,Blue Tiger, Common Tiger, Glassy Tiger, Striped Mammals Bat, Fruit Chital Deer, Mouse Langur, Black-faced Macaque, Bonnet Mongoose, Stripe-necked Sambar Squirrel, Three-striped Palm Squirrel, Malabar Giant Dragonflies and Damselflies Clubtail. Common Dart, Coromandel Marsh Dartlet, Blue Grass Dartlet, Golden Glider, Crimson Marsh Jewel, Ditch Picturewing, Common Skimmer, BlackGround Skippers, un id Swift, Rice Assorted Crickets, Grasshoppers and Moths (about whose names I have no clue!) Assorted Frogs (incl Indian Bushfrog) and one Toad (again, same thing!)

That’s what constitutes a great trip!