We started the morning with a perky ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN, perched in its typical posture, on a telephone pole:
A flock (is that the correct collective noun?) of COPPERSMITH BARBETS, bright and colourful, were feeding on the figs of the BANYAN tree:
It was nice to see them enjoying their breakfast thoroughly and polishing the figs off!
As we walked down the path, I got this scene of blue, brown, white and black, as a BRAHMINY KITE made a CROW fly off from its vicinity:
This was the first time I have seen a PALE-BILLED FLOWERPECKER actually doing what its name says...pecking at a flower!
A large TAMARIND tree (see those ripe fruits, yummmmm!! I feel sorry for anyone who has not had the joy of sucking on tamarind fruit and having their face go involuntarily wonky at the sourness of it) had several ROSE-RINGED PARAKEETS:
This was some PRINIA, but I can't make out which type it is, and have helpfully labelled my photograph "some prinia":
I want to show you how one actually *does* see birds in the foliage; they don't come out conveniently and show themselves to us, but it's more like the photo below, where one has to quickly spot the ORIENTAL WHITE-EYES...the little beauties! as they hop around between the leaves:
But then I got this slightly less foozly shot of one:
Little birds like the PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD rarely come close, and one has to spot them as they move in the foliage and briefly show themselves:
Even when the birds are nicely on view, up on the wire (ironic that this bird was sitting on the wire as it is a WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW!)
what they do just to irritate me is to string themselves out one bird to one mile of wire,so that photographing them is tough:
On our way home, we spotted this female INDIAN ROBIN:
Garima was able to get a photograph of the spectacular white male ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER, but I had to settle for the rufous plumage of the lady:
Next up, the butterflies, insects and others.....