On the way out, we started with the beautiful sub-adult
nearby was the female:
On safari, we saw many
...if you look closely, you can see the raindrops on this one!
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!
We also saw this
which, through some mutation, was entirely bald...
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:
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!)
...it was nice to two birds posing together.... here are the
...two birds in the camera ARE two birds in the bush, or on the branch!
Another Drongo was the spectacular-looking
with its musical-note tail!
IMPERIAL GREEN PIGEON
sat in the mist and rain:
are not all that common to see, but we saw quite a few....
here's another one:
Another woodpecker we spotted was this
YELLOW-FRONTED (or MAHRATTA) WOODPECKER:
We saw a few
(I'm sure none of the others would consider this a shot worth posting, but I do!)
A picture of happy romance was this
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!)
here's an adult...
CRESTED (or CHANGEABLE) HAWK EAGLE
also gave us a good sighting!
There were plenty of
in the forests, and here are a few:
The peacock being the national bird of India, is a colourful bird to close with!