Thursday, May 26, 2011
A loud shrill call made us to look up and a crested serpent eagle was sitting up there. The boat man told us there was a nest around and he took us nearby. There was another one sitting in the nest, probably there were chiks inside. We kept watching that for a few minutes expecting some chicks, but it didn't move a bit.
Further down, these Streak Throated Swallows had made their nest, and were moving around in unison. Further reading pointed that, these swallows build colonial nests like a honeycomb with mud.
This pond heron in breeding plummage was sitting pretty...
So was this Spot Billed Pelican family...
and there was this Black Crowned Night Heron..
Got to know, why a Spoon Bill is named as Spoon bill :-)
Painted Storks were in plenty and doing acrobatics
and this Open billed Stork, Posed for a good shot with its open bill clearly visible.
Monday, May 9, 2011
After more than four months from the trip to Hampi, here comes a post on it along with some pictures. Apologies to those who we kept waiting for this long....
The 3 day trip in the end of December was an amazing one, with a pretty decent list of birds, for us beginners. What was satisfying was that this time I religiously maintained notes during all the three days while birding. As always, we spent more time with the nature than with the monuments and ruins :) There were birds almost everywhere - in and around the ruins, on the road sides, Kamalapur, the JLR property (we didn’t stay there but visited there and went on the nature walk with them), the road next to the canal, leading to Daroji....
So were these tiny Ashy Crowned Sparrow Larks
This Green Bee Eater gave a pretty close access for a long time
This Little Cormorant also stayed still for a long time
Rufous Backed Shrike
A Common Kingfisher (has not been so common at least to us!)
This Pallid Harrier (Juvenile)? gave us a short glimpse before it flew off
Blue Rock Thrush ?
Here's the complete list of birds we managed to note: