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Some of the birds on the NTP 2010 Meet at K.Gudi, B R Hills

I think we were all totally agreed that the NTP meet at the

K.Gudi resort

of

Jungle Lodges and Resorts


was really excellent in terms of bird sighting.In fact, we just did not have to go beyond the Gol Ghar to see a variety of birds!

However, our safaris yielded a good number of birds too....

Most striking was this fantastic owl, that I have never see before, just look at the mesmerizing eyes of the

SPOT-BELLIED EAGLE OWL




spot-bellied eagle owl kgudi 130110




I've not often seen the

BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER

but here it is, with a

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW

swooping up to say hello to it!


120110 blue-tailed bee-eater and swallow

here it is, by itself on the wire:


blue-tailed bee-eater 120110 brh



On the drive back home, we saw the beautiful

BLACK IBIS


black ibis in flight 140110

the birds landed on this un id fruit tree....


black ibis 140110

And several

WHITE STORKS

sailed past and landed in a field rather too far for me to go to!


white stork landing 140110


Though it's rather out-of-focus, I did get this passing shot of the

COMMON HAWK-CUCKOO


common hawk-cuckoo 120110


and this graceful

PURPLE HERON


grey heron 140110


We saw this

RED-WATTLED LAPWING

with some kind of insect in its mouth, we're not sure what:

red-wattled lapwing with insect 140110

There were

PLUM-HEADED PARAKEETS

as plentiful as the usual Rose-Ringed ones:

plum-headedparakeet female 130110

(these...can you see two in the pic?....are females, and not Slaty-Headed Parakeets!)


I loved the tiny beauty of this

BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH

in that huge mass of tree-trunks!

Equally tiny is this

LOTEN'S SUNBIRD


loten's sunbird 130110 kgudi



blue-capped rock thrursh 140110


The more drab colours of the

ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER

were still attractive:


asian brown flycatcher 140110


So, too, the stunning beauty of the

SCARLET MINIVETS



scarlet minivet male 130110


Another owl that we saw (a guaranteed sighting on the BR Hills safari, usually!) was this

BROWN FISH OWL


brown fish owl 130110 brhills

This time it was doing a great job of looking like a dead branch on the tree!

Let's not forget the large number of

CRESTED SERPENT EAGLES

we saw each day....


At several places, these

CRESTED TREE SWIFTS

settled on the topmost branches, what beauties they are!


crested tree swift

But for the most part, all we had to do was wander around near the Gol Ghar, and just look at some of the birds within 30 feet of the place!

There were several

RACKET-TAILED DRONGOS

whisking themselves and their "musical note" tails around!




racket-tailed drongo 130110


The extremely beautiful and whimsically named

ASIAN FAIRY BLUEBIRD

gave us a few moments of pleasure!


asian fairy bluebird 130110


On the tree-trunks, the

CHESTNUT-BELLIED NUTHATCH

hopped along, seeking insects, and making it extremely difficult to photograph!

chestnut-bellied nuthatch 120110

I got this

LESSER YELLOW-NAPED WOODPECKER

rat-tatting away:


lesser yellow-naped woodpecker 140110

Here's a video of it, making a new home in a tree quite close to the parking area...completely unconcerned about humans!




I also got the

GREATER FLAMEBACK WOODPECKER

pretty close by:


greater flameback woodpecker 140110


The picture this

GREAT TIT

made, with the spiral of branch and twig going in to meet the bird, was very pretty!



the spiral of wood and tit 130110

Another lifer for me on the SILK-COTTON tree, was this

SPANGLED DRONGO

that came to feed on the flowers' nectar:


spangled drongo 140110 brhills


The

RUFOUS TREEPIE

of course, came and went:

140110 rufous treepie

I couldn't take a good shot of this

WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO

but thou shalt not sneer at documentation shots!

white-bellied drongo 140110

This

PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD

was in eclipse plumage (that is, fresh plumage growing out):

140110 purple-rumped sunbird eclipse plumage brhills

the

GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD

was another beauty that was right overhead(this one's the female, doing all the hard work, as usual!)


golden-fronted leafbird 140110 kgudi



Of course, the K.Gudi camp decided to say bye to the NTP meet in its own inimitable way...as we were gathering for the group photo, this spectacular

ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER

decided to flash and quiver its long-tailed self all over the mango tree, and had us exclaiming in delight!


paradise flycatcher white male 140110

here it is, in flight:



apf in flight 140110



Nothing like a Paradise Flycatcher's eye appeal to finish off the birdwatching at K.Gudi!


apf side pose 140110
Tags: birding, jlr, k gudi, karnataka, meeting, ntp, photography, travel, video, youtube
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