February 20th, 2007

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Another beauty from Dandeli

This is the Blue-Capped Rock Thrush...well, the male (the female of course is dun-coloured and dull-looking!)...



Blue-capped Rock Thrush


That photo was by KM; and here's the one I took of the bright little chap, as soon as I hurriedly took the camera from my spouse ...

Blue capped Rock Thrush

We found the number of birds which are bright and colourful,just amazing. And I am realizing that sharing a camera is all very well when only of us is out on a field trip; it's tough when both of us are there at the same time....my agreement with KM was, I won't use the camera if both of us are in the field at once, but I didn't always stick to that rule... I think KM is getting slowly fed up with me looking over his shoulder, not at the bird, but to see if he has finished with the camera so I can take it!

My next Dandeli-related post is going to be a long one; it is the story of Mr and Mrs Malabar Grey Hornbill; their loving billing and cooing, their nest, and the evil Mynah who tries to stake a claim to their home, and their ultimate victory....watch this space for the sensational serial story! (End of promo.)
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The story of Mr and Mrs M. G. Hornbill

At Dandeli, this time, we were treated to a lovely family drama, more riveting than any soap opera one could see on the idiot box! Let me introduce the hero and heroine:

MalabarGrey Hornbills


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We enjoyed this little drama so much...watching the birds and observing their behaviour is far more interesting than just spotting them!
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Malabar Pied Hornbill

Here's a snap KM took of the Malabar Pied Hornbill...the picture has a very Japanese-painting feel to it, because of the tree and the bold curves of the bird....


Malabar Pied Hornbill

Malabar Pied Hornbills are very large birds, weighing up to 4 kg sometimes; in spite of this, their flight (with a typical pattern of flap-flap-flap, glide...) is quite graceful, and the arc of their outstretched wings is so beautiful to see.