Firstly, I must mention that going by all the signboards in this small town, we were visiting….U.K., which is the way the state, Uttara Khand (northern area) is referred to. Well….
This is dedicated to my dear friend
unfailingly helpful in my stumbling, forgetful path of birding….
is the wiki about the town of Dhanaulti…but the following photographs were all taken on the drive to, and from, Dhanaulti and Dehra Dun.
One of the most common birds was the
another was the
often showed itself, and fittingly, I took a silhouette shot!
Not so common, the
CHESTNUT-BELLIED ROCK THRUSH
did not give me any good view of the more colourful male:
But I got a nice one of the female:
I also managed one of the
(that is also found in Bangalore!)
At Buranskhand, we saw a lot of these little
Everywhere, there were
STREAKED LAUGHING THRUSHES
But never in the light!
At one point, we saw some exquisite
and at several places, I saw the
However, the raptors were what took our breath away, as they soared high over the slopes. Here are a couple of shots of the
I got just one shot of the
STEPPE EAGLE winging its way over the crags:
swooped close once or twice when we were not ready...but then, it was high up again, gaining height within a matter of seconds!
But my favourite was that great beauty of the sub-Himalayan crags, the
MOUNTAIN HAWK EAGLE:
I’ll say bye for now with one more shot of this majestic bird: