Friday, 29 January 2016

Cracking on at Thattekad...

Headed to the same patch of forest as yesterday and a slow walk along the track was eventually rewarded when we quickly found our main target bird – White-bellied Blue Flycatcher and we enjoyed several views of it perched in a tree right in front of us. 

The endemic White-Bellied Blue Flycatcher

Although inevitably quieter than yesterday we did see Malabar Woodshrike, White-cheeked Barbet, Indian Scops-Owl, displaying Crested Goshawk, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Dark-fronted and Puff-throated Babblers, Verditer Flycatcher, and several Malabar Starlings.
A flock near the minibus was quite rewarding as we had much better views of Brown-cheeked Fulvetta than before, and there was also Yellow-browed Bulbul as well. And on the journey back to the lodge we saw a Purple Heron at a roadside marsh.

Yellow-browed Bulbul

After lunch we hit the trails again and I think the views of White-bellied Treepie were the highlight, but there was also Malabar Parakeet, a pair of Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, Black-naped Oriole, and Loten’s Sunbird amongst others.

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

At dusk we waited for Great Eared Nightjar to appear but only heard it call, but did see our first River Terns, Ashy Woodswallow, Little Swifts and Crested Treeswift flying over the river, so returned to the lodge for dinner where a few of us managed to see a Brown Hawk-Owl in the spotlight.

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