Thursday, December 25, 2014

Galibore - Dec 2014

Found ourselves in Galibore yet again. The highlight of this trip was spotting the winter visitors, the Indian Pitta and the European Bee-eater.
296. Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura)
I had last seen the Pitta in my Uncle's farm, sometime around 2005 (since he sold the property in 2006). It was great to see this bird again. The picture is so poor because he was tucked away in the undergrowth and the light was dull.
297. European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
A winter visitor to this parts (like the Pitta). We found a flock of them taking a sand bath on the jeep track. Unfortunately they flew away before we could stop our vehicle. The photo foiled yet again by poor light.
298. Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria)
Record shot of the Alexandrine Parakeet, once again taken in fading light. Can barely make out the distinguishing red patch on the wing.
299. Tawny Bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra)

300. Lesser Fishing Eagle (Ichthyophaga humilis)
When I started this blog I aimed to photograph 500 birds in 5 yrs. I'm more than a year behind and nearly 200 short, but it still feels good to reach this milestone. And what a bird to have at no. 300!
69. Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
A juvenile Brahminy Kite in flight.

Coming up in the next edition, birds from Bharatpur. Looking forward to my first visit there in winter.