February 20th, 2007


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.)

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!

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.