I also got, thanks to Manju, a first-time-ever sighting, and observation, of the
high up in a
High up, along with the Tawny Eagle and the BLACK KITES, was a
SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE
I thought this was a
but actually, some of our group said that some
also have a short wire tail...so I don't know exactly which bird it is now! I assumed that the presence of the wire tail meant a Wire-Tailed Swallow...wrong as usual!
I enjoyed watching the
racketing about, trying to investigate likely holes in the trunk for their nests:
We stopped at a pond where lots of
were flying about in the reeds;
It was lovely watching them:
In the paddy fields, a couple of
were running around in a hectic way!
We heard the "kook!kook!kook!" repetitive calls of the
and saw a couple of them on a tree rather far off:
Even common birds like the
made off while we were far off....
I liked those going-away shots!
We watched several
entering and leaving their nests:
Other creatures were also very interesting...first, the HUGE cloud of
were rather difficult to capture on camera:
But Garima spotted this
and it allowed us to snap off a few quick shots:
and there were plenty of
around, basking on the rocks as the sun went up:
Everywhere in the grass, the
were flitting around, ceaselessly:
It was hypnotic, watching the
dart about on the surface of the water:
I compare my learning to this shoot, reaching beyond what's old to something new and fresh:
Here's a 360-degree view of the Manchinabele backwaters, with the beautiful
LITTLE EGRETS floating in to land...
A beautiful place, and an enjoyable outing...I took the train to Chennai feeling very happy indeed.