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Kabini...some of the birds

We sighted an impressive 108 species of birds in the 2 days at Kabini....let me start with a visitor to our shores, which does an amazing feat of travelling, the

BARN SWALLOW:


barn swlw clsup 191010

There will be more of this bird later in the post, which contains

LOTS of birds, see at leisure only....




One of the common ones that we started the trip with, was the

RUFOUS TREEPIE:

rfs trpie 181010

Other travellers from afar were the

YELLOW WAGTAIL:

yellow wagtail 181010


and the

GLOSSY IBIS:

glossy ibis 181010

Other birds in the paddy fields on our way included the

WOOLLY-NECKED STORK;

wooly nckd strk 181010


Here are two of them!


wlynckd strk 181010

In a water body adjacent to the road, we were delighted to watch this

COMMON COOT

family (I've never seen Coot chicks before...they are such 'cooties'!) swimming around:


coot family 181010


A beautiful

PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA

posed next to a water lily:



phsnt tld jacana 181010


At the Kabini campus of JLR, we enjoyed watching the antics of the


HOUSE SPARROW:


house sprw mle 191010

here's a young one out "on the tiles"!


house sprw juv 191010


On the jeep safari, we were lucky enough to spot three different vultures! Alas, the top of the jeep being closed meant that I could not get a photo of the King Vulutre, but I twisted around enough to get SMS (Shamelessly Mediocre Shots) of the


LONG-BILLED VULTURE

long-billed vulture 191010

and the


WHITE-RUMPED VULTURE

white-rumped vulture 191010

An old and beloved common raptor was this


BLACK-WINGED KITE:

bw kite 181010


Regular sightings in the forest always include the

CRESTED (CHANGEABLE) HAWK EAGLE

che 191010


and the equally beautiful

CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE:

cse 191010


We were able to see many varieties of Woodpeckers; here's a


WOODPECKER

silhouette:

wdpckr slhtte 191010


and a

WHITE-BELLIED WOODPECKER

on a tree-trunk:


wdpckr 191010

The beauty of the

MALABAR PARAKEET

was stunning:


mlbr prkt 191010 kabini


A

JUNGLE MYNAH

preened itself before us:



jungle mynah 181010

I also decided to take a shot of the

COMMON MYNAH

as Shreeram said it was quite a difficult bird to photograph...don't you like the light on the bird?


common mynah 191010



One music-note-tailed bird was the


RACKET-TAILED DRONGO:

rkt tld drngo 191010

We saw several of the

CHESTNUT-TAILED (MALABAR) STARLING:

chestnut tld strlng 191010


A handsome, very young

GREY JUNGLE FOWL

ran across the jeep's path:


jngl fwl 191010

At several places, we found a

WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER

posing for us; here's one, preening:


wbkfisher 181010

Here are more photos of the

BARN SWALLOW

on the Kabini backwaters:


brn swlw 191010



swlw line 191010


We saw a

GREY HERON

on the backwaters, too:


grey heron 191010


On the banks of the Kabini, we were stunned to see several

ORIENTAL PIED HORNBILL

families in the bamboo thickets:

pied hrnbl 191010

earlier, we'd seen several of the

INDIAN GREY HORNBILLS

in the trees on the way to Kabini:


mlbr gry hrnbil 181010
id
Such large and beautiful birds!


malabar gry hrnbl 181010

Here are what I call "Indian Grey Wagtails"! They move their tails to balance themselves, I suppose....




One bird which we were very happy to see was the

BROWN FISH OWL

and for the first time I got it when it was NOT looking right down into the water!



b fish owl 191010

I've already posted about the


GREAT CORMORANT





How I wish I could have photographed all the other birds (total of 108 species!) that we saw....but at least, though the light was fading, I got an SMS of the fastest bird in the world, the majestic


SHAHEEN (PEREGRINE) FALCON:

shaheen falcon 191010


You can see the bird list


here

What a wonderful and productive trip! Next up, butterflies, mammals, and others....and I'll do a people post after that...by the time I finish all these, I'm sure to have gone on the next birding trip, too!
Tags: birding, jlr, karnataka, ntp, photography, travel, video, wildlife
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