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"You can know the names of a bird in all languages of the world,but when you are finished ,
You will know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird.....
So let`s look at the bird and see what it`s doing --that`s what counts.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."

-Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman(1918-1988)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bhoothathan Kettu-Idamalayar Birding Trip

Dear friends,
CNHS held a one day birding trip to Bhoothathankettu-Idamalayar region on 5th December.We started from Perumbavoor early morning and had breakfast at Bhoothathankettu and started our birding there.We saw a group of Grey Jungle in the fields behind the dam.On our way to old Bhoothathankettu we saw many birds including,a large flock of White Bellied Tree pies flying in a group.It was a good omen as it is our logo.Many chestnut headed bee-eaters were seen and photographed there.We also saw a guy with 600mm Nikkor lens on a strap around his neck.It was amazing how he could carry it so effortlessly;should be having a neck of steel!!!We next proceeded to Idamalayar at about 11.30am. We saw the eclipse male of Purple Sunbird on the way and all of us clicked it to the heart`s content in the scorching sun for some time....We reached the Dam site at about 2.00 and had a spartan lunch at the KSEB Canteen there.We went up to the tunnel , birding till about 5.30pm there and returned.
This is the complete list of birds sighted:

1. Darter
2. Cattle Egret
3. Indian Pond Heron
4. Little Green Heron
5. Crested Serpent Eagle
6. Shikra
7. Changeable Hawk Eagle
8. Grey Junglefowl
9. Red-wattled Lapwing
10. River Tern
11. Whiskered Tern
12. Blue Rock Pigeon
13. Pompadour Green Pigeon
14. Mountain Imperial Pigeon
15. Indian Hanging Parrot
16, Plum-headed Parakeet
17. Blue-winged Parakeet
18. Brainfever Bird
19. Drongo Cuckoo
20. Indian Edible nest Swiftlet
21. White-rumped Needletail Swift
22. Malabar Trogon
23. White-breasted Kingfisher
24. Lesser Pied Kingfisher
25. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
26. Oriental Broad-billed Roller
27. Malabar Grey Hornbill
28. Greater Golden-backed Woodpecker
29. Heart-spotted Woodpecker
30. Dusky Crag-Martin
31. Red-rumped Swallow
32. Large Pied Wagtail
33. Large Cuckoo Shrike
34. Black-headed Cuckoo Shrike
35. Ruby-throated Bulbul
36. Yellow-browed Bulbul
37. Common Iora
38. Brown Shrike
39. Blue-headed Rock Thrush
40. Malabar Whistling Thrush
41. White-throated Ground Thrush
42. Black-headed Babbler
43. Jungle Babbler
44. Common Tailorbird
45. Greenish Leaf Warbler
46. Large-billed Leaf Warbler
47. Asian Brown Flycatcher
48. Brown-breasted Flycatcher
49. Asian Paradise Flycatcher
50. Plain Flowerpecker ( Nilgiri Flowerpecker)
51. Purple-rumped Sunbird
52. Small Sunbird
53. Purple Sunbird
54. Chestnut-tailed Starling
55. Common Myna
56. Jungle Myna
57. Eurasian Golden Oriole
58. Black-headed Oriole
59. Black Drongo
60. Ashy Drongo
61. Bronzed Drongo
62. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
63. Ashy Wood Swallow
64. Indian Treepie
65. White-bellied Treepie
66. House Crow
67. Jungle Crow
69.Little Cormorant
70. Egret
71. Gold-fronted Chloropsis
72. Red-whiskered Bulbul
73. Crested Tree-Swift
74.Cheeked Barbet
75. Crimson-throated Barbet
76. Grey Wagtail
77. Oriental Magpie-Robin
78. Southern Hill Myna
79.Green Imperial Pegion.

Dr.Dileep K G,Ginu George ,Jai P Jacob and his son,Dr.Prasanth,Dr.George Moti,Prasad M George,Anna George,Gopinathan Nair,Madhukrishnan,Binny V A,Jayesh,Rifaz,Manjesh,Rajsree Bhatter,Firoze,Prof.Muthafa, Ramanathan and myself.


1 comment:

  1. Iwas very happy to participate in the program. About 50 % of the birds that had seen were first time for me. Drongo Cuckoo was an interesting bird because without an expert help I would have misinterpret it as Bronzed Drongo. Also from the trip I got good friends as Dilip Sir, Vishnu and Ginu.