March 10th, 2016


Another rare visitor to our country..GKVK, Bangalore, 02,03,04,050316!

I had one rare friend Abhijit Menon-Sen (AMS) who is building a home in Lweshal, in Uttaranchal, in the lap of the Himalaya.

The day before he arrived, I also got the news of another rare visitor, this time, one that's usually not found in our country....the

Swinhoe's or Brown-rumped Minivet


that's usually found in the Far Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It was quite a thrill to birders in Bangalore that this bird, along with the not-common

Ashy Minivet ,



had been found in the campus of Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK, also known as the University of Agricultural Sciences, or UAS.)

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Let me close with another shot of the Swinhoe's Minivet: