Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Birding Around Malavalli and JLR Doddamakali

An account of birding around Malavalli, Shimsha and Doddamakali in June. Comments are welcome.
Before we even headed for forests, at a temple on the outskirts of Malavalli  this Indian Grey Hornbill was  the starter.
White Naped Woodpecker , very shy bird. Sum was lucky to observe this and capture from a very close range 
Black Eagle, a lifer for us; en route Shimsha we were able to spot a couple of them from close quarters 
White Bellied Drongo with its prey
White Bellied Drongo
Acrobatics of this Purple rumped Sun bird was a pleasure to watch
Black headed Munia
Tickells Blue Flycatcher
Wire Tailed swallow on a wire :-)
Three out of  seven sisters - Jungle Babbler
Asian Koel - Male
Scaly Breasted Munia
Tickells Blue FlyCatcher 
As we ventured out during the night, lucky to spot some nocturnal birds.
Indian Night Jar  
Night jars were a lifer for us; Squatting on the ground, these nocturnal birds were almost still till. They seemed to be blinded by light and would fly off after some time when we ventured closer. 
Stone Curlew
Thank you Balu-ji for the pics.
And finally these raptors, not sure of the IDs of these two and these were the best pics available.
This was sharing the space with Black eagle, both fought for a while and  this one disappeared behind the mountains OHB. (Thanks Santosh , Deepa)

Shot a bit earlier during the day- Juvenile Brahminy Kite (Thanks Satosh, Deepa)
 Deepak and Sumana.