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Kabini....the birds

The birds we spotted in Kabini, on the way there, and on the way back, were numerous...

On the way out, we started with the beautiful sub-adult

HOUSE SPARROW


sub adult male house sparrow 200710




nearby was the female:

female house sparrow 200710

On safari, we saw many

MALABAR PARAKEETS

...if you look closely, you can see the raindrops on this one!

malabar parakeet with raindrops on head 210710

Photography was dificult because of the low light and the rain. If I had high standards like my fellow-photographs, all these photographs would have gone to the Recycle Bin, but me...I post here my SMS of the beautiful group of

SMALL GREEN BEE-EATERS

we found huddling together!

bee-eater crowd 200710

We also saw this

COMMON MYNAH

which, through some mutation, was entirely bald...


bald mynah 200710


It seemed to be thriving fine, though I dubbed it the Egyptian Vulture Mynah!

We went hunting for Blue-tailed Bee-eaters...the hunt was unsuccessful, but we did find this little blue jewel, the

SMALL BLUE KINGFISHER:

small blue kingfisher 200710

However, we did wonder if it was a genetic mutation or some form of pollution which was responsible for this....

A lifer for me was this

LARGE CUCKOO SHRIKE

(thanks for the id, Shreeram!)



large woodshrike 200710

...it was nice to two birds posing together.... here are the

WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO

and the

SCARLET MINIVET

...two birds in the camera ARE two birds in the bush, or on the branch!


white-bellied drongo and scarlet minivet kabini

Another Drongo was the spectacular-looking

RACKET-TAILED DRONGO,

racket-tailed drongo 210710

with its musical-note tail!


An

IMPERIAL GREEN PIGEON

sat in the mist and rain:

imperial green pigeon 210710

Sometimes,

STREAK-THROATED WOODPECKERS

are not all that common to see, but we saw quite a few....

common flameback kabini 210710

here's another one:

common flameback kabini

Another woodpecker we spotted was this

YELLOW-FRONTED (or MAHRATTA) WOODPECKER:

pygmy woodpecker 210710


We saw a few

CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATERS

(I'm sure none of the others would consider this a shot worth posting, but I do!)

chestnut tailed bee-eater 210710 kabini

A picture of happy romance was this

SPOTTED DOVE

couple:

spotted dove couple 210710

The raptors didn't disappoint, either. Through both days, we sighted a total of 12

CRESTED SERPENT EAGLES

...here's a juvenile (no doubt, a teenager that has been grounded by the parents for bad behaviour, that's why it looks like that on the tree!)



juv crested serpent eagle 210710

here's an adult...

crested serpent eagle 210710

The

CRESTED (or CHANGEABLE) HAWK EAGLE

also gave us a good sighting!

crested hawk eagle kabini 210710

There were plenty of

PEAFOWL

in the forests, and here are a few:

peacock short tail 200710


peacock 210710



The peacock being the national bird of India, is a colourful bird to close with!


peacock step 210710
Tags: birding, jlr, karnataka, ntp, photography, travel, wildlife
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