when DnA asked me if they could take KTB (Kavya-the-Biddles) birding to Valley School...so off we went this morning! At the age of 1 year and 2 months, she is definitely the youngest birdwatcher I know.
Here's the family, all ready to start birding:
We were, quite literally, up with the lark...at least, this
We were soon joined by the Valley School dog (there were 3, actually)
Our sightings started on a high note when we saw this
ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD
atop a tree:
Then I pointed out the
sitting on the same tin roof!
was obviously engaged in home construction:
DnA enjoyed seeing the "clown" red cheek patches of the
they all listened to the
ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN
They didn't know that the
ate insects as well as fish:
My daughter spotted the
ahead of everyone:
KM, meanwhile, looked at the
It was lovely to see this
visiting its nest, without any fear of us!
made a lovely picture against the blue sky:
At the pond area, we watched the resident
TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER
singing so beautifully:
There was a
too, but I couldn't get a photograph!
At the far edge of the pond, I saw these
It was fun to watch people going single file across the pond bund:
Though KTB was generally well-behaved, there were episodes of "Carry me! I won't walk any more!" (Sometimes, on long birding trips, I also feel like doing the same!)
DnA enjoyed clicking each other as much as their surroundings:
I caught some of the butterflies around, alas, not all of them!
This dragonfly's a
SCARLET MARSH HAWK:
I pointed out the copper pods that give the
COPPER-POD SHIELD-BEARER TREE
KTB, of course, also enjoyed the antics of this puppy....
and, even more, the antics of this baby
So, though the need for KTB's breakfast, and the increasing heat, cut our birding trip short, it was a most enjoyable one, and here are DnAnK, posing for us....
Three cheers for the youngest birder I know!
Bee-Eater, Small Green
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (Rufous male)
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Not bad for less than 2 hours!
KTB id'd EVERY bird correctly... whenever she saw a bird, she said "bubbuh", which means bird, and you can't get more correct than that!