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Feathers between Dehra Dun and Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand,291011

Firstly, I must mention that going by all the signboards in this small town, we were visiting....U.K., which is the way the state, Uttara Khand (northern area) is referred to. Well....

This is dedicated to my dear friend

AMS

unfailingly helpful in my stumbling, forgetful path of birding....

here

is the wiki about the town of Dhanaulti...but the following photographs were all taken on the drive to, and from, Dhanaulti and Dehra Dun.

One of the most common birds was the

HIMALAYAN BULBUL:

hmlyn blbl L dhnlti 303 291011





another was the

GREAT BARBET:


gt brbt L dhnlti 303 291011


The

BLACK BULBUL

often showed itself, and fittingly, I took a silhouette shot!

L blk blbl 291011 dhnlti 30D


Not so common, the

CHESTNUT-BELLIED ROCK THRUSH

did not give me any good view of the more colourful male:

chstn bld  rck thrush male bad L dhnlti 303 291011



But I got a nice one of the female:

chnstnt bld rk thrush  feml L dhnlti 303 291011


I also managed one of the

BLACK-LORED TIT

(that is also found in Bangalore!)

blk lrd tit L dhnlti 303 291011

At Buranskhand, we saw a lot of these little

YELLOW-FRONTED GREENFINCHES:

ylw frntd gnfinch L dhnlti 303 291011

Everywhere, there were

STREAKED LAUGHING THRUSHES

strkd Lgng thrsh  L dhnlti 303 291011

But never in the light!

At one point, we saw some exquisite

LONG-TAILED MINIVETS:

lng tled mnvet L dhnlti 303 291011

and at several places, I saw the

RUFOUS SIBIA

L dhnlti 303 291011 rfs sibia


However, the raptors were what took our breath away, as they soared high over the slopes. Here are a couple of shots of the

HIMALAYAN GRIFFON:


hmln grfn L dhnlti 303 291011


hmlyngrfn L dhnlti 303 291011

I got just one shot of the

STEPPE EAGLE winging its way over the crags:

stp egl slp L dhnlti 303 291011



the

LAMMERGEIER VULTURE

swooped close once or twice when we were not ready...but then, it was high up again, gaining height within a matter of seconds!

lmrgir up L dhnlti 303 291011

lmrgr closer L dhnlti 303 291011




But my favourite was that great beauty of the sub-Himalayan crags, the

MOUNTAIN HAWK EAGLE:

mtn hw egl  up L dhnlti 303 291011

I'll say bye for now with one more shot of this majestic bird:

mtn hw egl side L dhnlti 303 291011
Tags: birding, himalayas, nature, photography, travel, wildlife
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