Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cairnhill Crap

I am now convinced there are no Kashmir Flycatchers at Cairnhill, after several days of looking at various times of the day - nowt !!! On this mornings first light visit - 1 Nilgiri Scaly Thrush, 4 Nilgiri Flycatcher, 2 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 4 Malabar Giant Squirrel. And now I'm giving up on the site.
Nilgiri Scaly Thrush

Tuesday, 28 February 2012


Back to Cairnhill forest again, in search of Kashmir Flycatcher - still no sign !!!! However, did score White-bellied Shortwing (nominate major) along with 7 Grey-headed Canary Flycatchers, 6 Nilgiri Flycatchers, 2 Black-and-orange Flycatchers, 14 Tickell's Leaf Warblers, a fly-over Short-toed Eagle, 7 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, `1 Orange-headed Thrush, 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 2 Pacific Swallow, 6 Malabar Giant Squirrel and 1 Nilgiri Langur.
Nilgiri Flycatcher
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Black-and-orange Flycatcher
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher

Monday, 27 February 2012

Dodabetta Two

Another day in the Dodabetta shola, but this time in the afternoon, with the sun on the hillside forest. I half expected it to be really quiet at that time of day, but no, if anything it was better than yesterday. Birds today -  1 White-bellied Flycatcher, 7 Nilgiri Flycatcher, 2 Nilgiri Laughingthrush, only 1 Tickell's Leaf Warbler, 1 fem Indian Blue Robin, 3 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, 2 Nilgiri Scaly Thrush (inc 1 showing stupidly well - see below), only 1 Black-and-orange Flycatcher and around 40 Common Rosefinch. Also 6 Malabar Giant Squirrel.
Indian Blue Robin
Nilgiri Flycatcher
Nulgiri Laughingthrush
Nilgiri Scaly Thrush
White-bellied Flycatcher

Sunday, 26 February 2012


Up in the hills 10 km to the east of Ooty lies Doddabetta peak, with a path winding down the hills, through good shola, back to Ooty. Somehow I managed to find the right path through the forest and came out by a tuk-tuk rank. Pretty decent birding all the way down with 25 Common Rosefinch, 2 Grey-headed Canary Flycatchers, 6 Black-and-orange Flycatchers, 1 Shikra, 2 Tickell's Leaf Warblers and tons of Oriental White-eyes.
Black and orange Flycatchers

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Cairnhill Forest

Around and about in Cairnhill Forest on the outskirts of Ooty, a proper smart bit of Shola with 2 Nilgiri Flycatchers, 3 Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, 20 Tickell's Leaf Warblers, 6 Common Rosefinch, 1 Nilgiri Scaly Thrush, 2 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, 1 Black and Orange Flycatcher, 1 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and 15 Nilgiri Langur, but sadly no Kasmir Flycatcher
Nilgiri Flycatchers
Nilgiri Scaly Thrush

Friday, 24 February 2012

Sighur Ghat

Moving on from Masinagudi to Ooty via the Sighur Ghat road, could have been really good birding, but the road was incredibly busy and stops were few, did manage to get Black Eagle, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Large Hawk-cuckoo as well as the usual indian fare.
Pied Bushchat
Red-whiskered Bulbuls
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Back on the Grid

Just spent the last 4 days at Masinagudi, without t'internet, so here's a rather big summary of the past 4 days.
Left Bangalore early morning and stopped off at a town called Ramanagara, not on any published birding trip reports, but the site of a silk processing area, and so thick with Black and Brahiminy Kites (about 200 of each !).
Black Kite
Brahiminy Kite
A quick walk around to the river at Masinagudi in the evening, and quite a selection of stuff - 1 Greater Spotted Eagle, 1 Buzzard, 9 Woolly-necked Storks, 2 Pied Kingfisher, 1 White-browed Bulbul, 4 Crested Tree-swifts, 6 Palm Swift, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Pintail Snipe and 20 Chittal.
Purple Sunbird
Greater Spotted Eagle
White-browed Bulbul.
21/2/12 Masinagudi
Another walk along the river and this time - 1 Thick-billed Warbler, several Malabar Parakeets, 3 Yellow-eyed Babbler, 2 Indian Scimitar Babbler, 2 Rufous-bellied Nuthatch, 1 Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, several White-bellied Drongo and a Grey Mongoose.
White-bellied Drongo
22/2/12 Masinagudi
All day in the forest today, and at last a fruiting fig tree, birds everywhere. Summary of the day - 1 Oriental Honey Buzzard, 2 Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, 24 Malabar Parakeet, 20 Crested Tree-swifts, 30 Indian Swiftlets, 1 Rufous-bellied Nuthatch, 2 Indian Scimitar Babbler, 2 Blue-faced Malkoha, 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 6 Malabar Grey Hornbill, 1 Great Hornbill, 1 Grey Junglefowl, 1 Red Spurfowl, 1 Orange-headed Thrush, 1 Lesser Yellownape, 1 Orange-breasted Green Pigeon. Mammals seen were 1 Indian Grey Mongoose, 4 Malabar Giant Squirrel and 20+ Guar.

Blue-faced Malkoha

Malabar Grey Hornbill
Malabar Giant Squirrel
Orange-headed Thrush
22/2/12 Masinagudi
Just the morning in the forest today - but scored the mega ! 2 White-bellied Woodpeckers. Other stuff included - 3 Black-rumped Flameback, 3 Oriental Honey Buzzard, 1 Lesser Yellownape, 1 Streak-throated Woodpecker, 1 Blue-face Malkoha, 1 Orange-headed Thrush, 2 Malabar Grey Hornbill and a Black-naped Monach.
White-bellied Woodpecker
Streak-throated Woodpecker
White-browed Fantail
Malabar Whistling Thrush
Bonnet Macaque
Malabar Grey Hornbill
Hanuman Langur

Sunday, 19 February 2012


Went to Bannagartha Reserve this morning, south of Bangalore, at first the forestry staff wouldn't let me in on foot and was told I could only get in on a 'safary' bus that looked like something from Predator 2 ! So I did the only decent thing I could do - found the back way in and snook in from there ! The reserve is mostly gum trees and crap for birding, but I did happen upon an old mango orchard where the trees were in flower - bingo - birds everywhere. 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 1 Paradise Flycatcher, 1 Tickel's Blue Flycatcher, 1 Common Iora, 6 Oriental White-eye, 2 Black-headed Cuckoo-Shrike, 1 Shikra, 20+ Plain and Ashy Prinias, Spotted Owlet and 2 Large Cuckoo-Shrike. A quick stop at a roadside pond on the way back added nothing more than a Little Grebe and a White-browed Wagtail.
White-browed Wagtail
Black-headed Cuckoo-Shrike
Spotted Owlet

Taiga Flycatcher
The back way in
Anybody fancy a go at this ?