me and my son Adit went on a birding road trip to masinagudi and kothagiri (roughly 600 km from chennai), both in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats, from january 10-16. we were dogged by unseasonal rains in the hills and it was foggy with poor light most of the time. but, nevertheless it was a productive trip. Photos from the trip, mainly birds and mammals….Continue reading “birding in the nilgiris”
a small flycatcher, smaller than a sparrow, that breeds in the himalayas and winters in south india.
one of the most common urban birds, smaller than a sparrow but spectacularly colourful….
all i’ve got to show for a saturday morning’s birding…Montagu’s harrier (female).
this migratory season is a good one by all accounts. plenty of sightings of winter migratory birds such as harriers, kestrels and other migratory species. photos from a visit to a grassland in the outskirts of chennai this weekend. except white-eyed buzzard, oriental skylark and bay-backed shrike, all the others are migratory.
A fairly common bird when you cross the city limits in india. the european roller is also a winter visitor to the continent. hopefully will sight/photograph it this year…
This one is from just before the lockdowns kicked in. the red-necked falcon (Falco chicquera), endemic to india and africa.
the shaheen falcon (also called the black shaheen and the indian
peregrine falcon) is a non-migratory subspecies of the peregrine falcon.
we had an encounter near chennai with it today and it even put up a
performance for us.