The first morning, on the way to Valparai from Coimbatore, we stopped at Monkey Falls, and apart from the raptors that we saw, there were....
A rufous ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER that started the proceedings off:
the GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD, living up to its name, next to a leaf:
PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRDS, male:
A LOTEN'S SUNBIRD:
An ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN:
and this CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER:
The Puthuthottam area, just outside Valparai town, also gave us great sightings; one bird I could not get a shot of was the MALABAR WHISTLING THRUSH; when Garima or Jainy send me their image, I will put it up here! Meanwhile, info about this bird is here .
But I managed to get a low-light shot of the MALABAR GREY HORNBILL:
On the Valparai-Chalakkudy road, we saw several SCARLET MINIVETS, including this one taking off:
Even a common PIED BUSHCHAT seemed to pose better for us:
We watched this female GREATER FLAMEBACK WOODPECKER for a while as she made her rattling calls:
We had earlier seen the male :
We came to the conclusion that this bird on a large silk-cotton tree was the EURASIAN BLACKBIRD:
Here's the kind of scenery that greeted us all along our trip:
OK, Cinderella time is long past....more about Valparai before I leave for Daroji!