Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thattekad - Day 2

Day -2 ...
We started at 6 am this time Girish joined us,  he took us in a car around 6kms and from there we had to walk to a place where the birds come to eat the berries. So the idea was like before the sunrise we should put our gears for photography so that the birds should not get disturbed. Everything went well we could reach in time, its about a km and a hillock. We had one more friend Mr.Nick he is wildlife book writer from UK.

The sun started raising and birds started their usual singing and calls. It was an excellent experience of so many birds calling around you. Today's first sighting was Fairy Blue Bird. What a bird to see amazing color. Then followed so many of them,  we got confused to shoot which one first because there were plenty of different species of birds to eat those berries.
Malabar Parakeet, Fairy Blue Bird & Unknown

Then all of a sudden we hear Girish calling us look look its Heart Spotted Woodpecker the bird was so small & so fast jumping from branch to branch i decided no to shoot that instead see & enjoy after some time it gave me an opportunity to shoot but i could only get a record shot of the beautiful bird. Thought of better luck next time. By then the sun was becoming harsh so we had to return back. Morning session was over we decided to start the afternoon session at 3-00pm.

As usual came back had very good food, relaxed for a while and started at 3pm this time it was towards Bhoothankatte Dam, the locals believe that the dam is built by demons. Girish could call a pair of Stork Billed Kingfisher but we could not shoot it. Then we went in search of Thattekad's famous resident bird The  Srilankan Frog mouth. To find this really hats off to Girish we had to trek atleast 3kms inside the forest & this pair were sitting inside a bush. After taking some photographs decided not to disturb these. We trekked for another km where there was a small water hole where all other birds were coming for bath. After a long wait i could make a HD video of Orange Headed Thrush having bath in the water, will be posting it in my next blog. It was becoming dark we left from there as we need to trek back 3kms we had good tea near the dam & returned back to cottage. Day 2 ends here.

Sightings of Day 2

  1. Fairy Blue Bird
  2. Crimson Throated Barbet
  3. Coppersmith Barbet
  4. Heart Spotted Woodpecker
  5. Ruby Throated Bulbul
  6. Golden Flameback woodpecker
  7. Malabar grey Hornbill
  8. Grey headed bulbul
  9. Yellow browed bulbul
  10. Pied Kingfisher
  11. Stork billed Kingfisher
  12. Srilankan Frog mouth
  13. Rusty tailed flycatcher
  14. White Bellied Tree pie
  15. Orange Headed Thrush
  16. Emerald Dove
  17. Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
  18. Oriental Honey Buzzard
  19. Cuckoo Shrike  
  20. Oriole
  21. Malabar Parakeet
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