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Unexpectedly.....Birds in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a town that I visited for KM's sake; he wanted to enjoy the peace of the Akhandashram for a day, and we decided not to travel to Devprayag but have a relaxed time at the ashram.

What I certainly was not expecting...was that some lovely birds would appear in front of our room, and delight both of us!

(All pics with the Sten/MLC2...KM had the DSLR throughout the trip; I never used it!)

It started with this beautiful

HOOPOE

(a bird, alas, that is getting rarer around Bangalore), that was pecking around for insects:


hoopoe rshksh 310111

Look at the beak, meant for digging out food!


hoopoe bk open 310111


Then came this bird, that I could not identify, but which AMS tells me is a

SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF:


sbrn cffchff 310111




It was then the turn of several

ORIENTAL WHITE-EYES

to appear, with two of them sitting on the water-tap for a drink.


o whiteye 310111



This, I must say, is probably the only time I'll ever get a shot of them with them BELOW the camera...usually I see them high up in the tree canopy!

Several

RED-VENTED BULBULS

were around, and this one looked up at me quite cheekily!

r v blbl


As I went to the stores building in the ashram, to get razais (comforters) for the room, I saw this beautiful bird; AMS tells me it's probably the female of the

BLUE-FRONTED REDSTART:

female blue-fronted redstart  310111



And later, on the ghat steps, I found this lovely

WHITE WAGTAIL

bobbing along busily:


wht wgtal 310111

Right in the middle of the market area in Rishikesh, amidst the human bustle, I looked up to spot this

SHIKRA:


shikra highway 300111



and on the train back to Haridwar, out of the window, I got this pic of a bird on the (barbed) wire...a lovely

ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET:


bd on brbd  wire 300111

It must, truly, be an Indian parakeet...related to the Yogis so beloved in the Western perception of our county, who lie on a bed of nails....how can a bird perch on razor-sharp barbed wire without special Yogic powers?
Tags: birding, india, photography, travel
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