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Dandeli...the beings (except the Hornbills)

Dandeli is a great place for birds; small wonder then, that even after missing all the thrushes that are common there, like the Orange-headed Thrush, the Blue-capped Rock Thrush and so on, we still wound up with a bird count of well over a hundred!

Dandeli's speciality is the Hornbills, and I'll devote a separate post to the Malabar Pied Hornbills that we saw; but apart from that.....

We started at Attiveri, where, in the morning light, we got the

BLACK-HEADED IBIS:


ibis attiveri




There was an

ORIENTAL DARTER

that flew in, and landed amongst the

CORMORANTS

and was drying its wings:


darter and corm 201110 attiveri

Several

STORKS

flew across the waters:


stork flying attiveri 201110

this

SMALL BLUE KINGFISHER

sat hunched up on the bund, waiting for fish:

kf attiveri

Deep in the valley, we spotted a

SHIKRA:

shikra


We were excited about what this bird was, but when I went home, alas, it was not a lifer, but the

COMMON HAWK CUCKOO:

hwk cckoo 201110

another familiar friend was the

SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA:

s b munia 211110

then, of course, we spotted a lovely raptor, the

GREY-HEADED FISHING EAGLE:

fish eagle 201110

Our guide, Mahesh, went too close, and the bird flew rather far away, where two

WOOLLY-NECKED STORKS

were:


fishing egl and storks 201110

a

PURPLE HERON

skimmed over the water with grace:

purple heron 201110

I couldn't id this bird, Garima says it's the

BAR-WINGED FLYCATCHER-SHRIKE

and AMS feels it might be a Rock Thrush:

bar-winged flycatcher-shrike 201110


Krishna spotted a

PADDYFIELD PIPIT:

paddy pipit 201110

The next morning's birding was full of mist and I got only silhouette shots, such as this one of a

SPOTTED DOVE

and

PLUM-HEADED PARAKEETS:


dove and p h parakeets

Later, on the Kali river bridge, we saw several

SCARLET MINIVETS:

scarlet minivet male 211110

but an amazing and unexpected bonanza awaited us in the last hour of birding, right outside the Kulgi Camp gates; we saw an incredible number of birds, including this

BROWN-CAPPED PYGMY WOODPECKER:

pygmy wpkr 211110

as we headed back home, we stopped near a water body where we saw several

SMALL MINIVETS:

sml mnvt 211110


in the bamboo thickets, against the evening sky, we saw the silhouettes of the

GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO:


rt drongo 211110

It was lovely to see (though they were against the light) the

VERNAL HANGING PARROTS

quite literally hanging about!

vernal hanging parots

I couldn't get any closer to the

HILL MYNAHS:

hill mynahs2111110


Other creatures included the

FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER:

wolf spider 201110

the

GOLDEN DARTLET:

golden dartlet 201110

the butterflies were also interesting; here's a

DANAID EGGFLY:

danaid eggfly 211110

a

COMMON NAWAB

which was a lifer for me:

nawab 201110

A

NIGGER:


nigger

We all enjoyed snapping this posing

BLUE TIGER:

blue tiger 211110

Another beautiful lifer for me was the

GLAD-EYE BUSH BROWN

...a name that made a lot of sense! :)

gladeye bush brown 211110


Everywhere, green

GRASSHOPPERS

hopped:


grasshopper

The only two mammals we got to photograph were the

BLACK-FACED LANGUR:

langur 211110


Here it is, feeding:





And since I got a good shot of the

MALABAR GIANT SQUIRREL

at BR Hills, this time I'm posting a shot of it as it flicked itself off:


half of squirrel 211110


Krishna also spotted this lovely fan-shaped

MUSHROOM:


mushroom

this

STRANGLER FIG

has already started growing around the tree, and will, in the course of time, strangle it:


strangler fig

Even a

TEAK LEAF

from the plantations, looked beautiful as it lay fallen on the path:

teak leaf

I enjoyed seeing many types of spider webs; this one is the web of a

TENT SPIDER:


tent web

Some beautiful, un id'd

WILDFLOWERS

delighted us:

un id wildflower 211110

un id red flower 211110

I do know that this is a species of

IPOMEAIA:

ipomeaia sp 211110

And here are all of us, making the bird list!







I got this regular

SPIDER-WEB,

glistening with the morning dew:


spider web 201110

When one sees so much, how can one be disappointed?



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