The birds of Bandhavgarh

Though it poured for 3 days of our stay in Bandhavgarh, we still saw a lot of interesting things on our safaris, and within the grounds of Nature Heritage Resort where we stayed. I’m just going to put up the birds that I was able to click (my friends Karthik, Manjula, Nitin and Sharmila, who were all carrying DSLRs, definitely got more, and better shots!). Let me start with the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, a flaunty beauty which was a lifer for me.

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Our list was 125 species of birds, from the 1st to the 4th of March…here’s my list on eBird

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Go on to the next friend’s post if birds bore you, because here they come…

Booted Eagle, near Chennai, from the train, 270215:

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010315 (pouring rain and low light!):

Himalyan Griffon (I don’t know if this is now called a Himalyan Vulture or a Griffon Vulture):

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Long-billed Vulture (the kind that we are now seeing only in single digits (often, 1 or 2) in Ramnagara, Karnataka)

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On the 3rd, this one cranes (sorry for the bad pun) its neck for a better view:

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Woolly-necked Stork:

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Alexandrine Parakeet:

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Indian Roller:

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Painted Spurfowl:

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Red-headed Vulture:

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Indian Hoopoe:

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Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (you can see the chestnut-coloured shoulder!)

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The peacock (yes, it’s the male…and they were all over the place!)

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Red Junglefowl, from which all our domestic chickens are descended:

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Crested Tree-swift:

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Jungle Owlet:

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Yellow-footed Green Pigeons:

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Preening:

White-eyed Buzzard:

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Black-rumped Flameback:

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On 030315, acting in typical Thrush-fashion, turning over the leaf clutter in the resort:

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With a White-eyed Babbler:

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The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher:

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Plum-headed Parakeet:

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On 030315:

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Wire-tailed Swallow:

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Crested Serpent Eagle:

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030315:

Small Minivet:

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Brown-headed Barbet:

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Lesser Adjutant:

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This Adjutant looks as if it’s comtemplating doing something very rude to the Chital😀

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But no, it doesn’t!

Coppersmith Barbet:

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Green Bee-eater, eating bee:

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Yellow-wattled Lapwing:

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Black-hooded Oriole:

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Indian Roller:

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Jungle Owlet at sunset:

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Oriental Magpie Robin:

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Changeable Hawk Eagle:

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Common Kingfisher:

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the Greater Coucal:

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Another silhouette of the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo:

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Let me close with a pic of We Who Watch (and me, who Eternally Drinks Chai):

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L to R, Manjula, Sharmila-in-the-jeep, YT, Nitin and Karthik. All looking very happy and satisfied! I hope you enjoyed the birds of Bandhavgarh as much as we did.

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