Thursday, 9 October 2014

Indian Grey Hornbill - Ocyceros Birostris

Was a pleasant surprise to spot the Indian Grey Hornbill at Jaipur (especially when not on a bird-watching tour)! During early morning, it was their call that made me search for the birds. There was a pair; they flew and hid among thick lush branches. Their heavy flight with the grey-black-white wings was worth watching. Quietly observed them till my neck hurt, and then moved away.

Indian Grey Hornbill at Jaipur

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Birds of Bhutan September 2014

During my visit to Bhutan, I managed to photograph a few birds. I couldn't photograph some birds or some of the photos aren't clear. There were several birds that only my eyes captured. I have video (no sufficient light) plus audio recording of chirping of birds. The last photo (on which copyright printed) is Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler; supposed to be rare to sight. Well, I'm happy that I have secret birding places to go back to, at Bhutan. 

Birds of Bhutan
The birds of Bhutan sighted during my visit are as follows:
  1. Red-Billed Chough
  2. House Crow
  3. Pigeon
  4. Grey-backed Shrike
  5. Oriental Turtle Dove
  6. White-capped Water Restart
  7. Drongo
  8. Black Kite
  9. House Swift
  10. Common Kestrel 
  11. Russet Sparrow
  12. Eurasian Tree Sparrow 
  13. Red-Vented Bulbul
  14. River Lapwing
  15. Common Myna
  16. Eurasian Hoopoe
  17. White Wagtail
  18. White-throated Kingfisher
  19. Grey Treepie
  20. Rufous Treepie
  21. Long-tailed Shrike
  22. Sandpiper
  23. Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler 
  24. Oriental Skylark/Yellow-browed Tit?
  25. Green-backed Tit
  26. Yellow Billed Blue Magpie 
  27. Spotted Dove


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus Himantopus

Early morning we went for a walk at the Jal Mahal lake, Jaipur. The sunrise was beautiful; the Jal Mahal looked splendid. The Black-winged Stilt were one of the birds that we saw at the lake. The two stilts were a little away from one another. After a while, they moved closer to each other, and moved in one direction. The entire scene was serene. Easy to recognize these birds with their characteristic Red/Pink legs and slender long beaks.
Black-winged stilts