Monday, 1 December 2014


Back inside Bharatpur again and still looking for the more elusive species. First stop was the nursery for some Thrushes, a good plan that went awry when I flushed two Dusky Eagle Owls from a nearby Kadam tree but, despite best efforts, I couldn't get anywhere near them without re-flushing them. But, back to Thrushes and a bit of a wait until Tickell's Thrush gave itself up by a leaking water pipe closely followed by an Orange-headed Thrush and another Tickell's.
Next up was Siberian Rubythroat, one had been spending much of it's time in a gully by the checkpost but was really elusive, I was going to give a bit of time to this but there was no need as it showed itself after a few minutes (speaking to another birder later who had spent 4 hours there and still hadn't seen it !), plus the added bonus of a roosting Collared Scops' Owl in the same area.
It was now time to head for the Temple tea stall, not for anything in particular, I was just running low on water. I couldn't resist a few shots of a very showy Red-breasted Flycatcher on the way. Water bought and tea drank and time to check the drainage channel for the unlikely chance of a Bittern or two and bingo.... juv Black Bittern about 10 feet away.
And that was the day over, with the addition of a few jaunts into the Acacia scrub and more open areas (mainly for photos of Indian Jackal).
Black Bittern

Bank Myna

Indian Jackal

Orange-headed Thrush

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Red Avadavat

Siberian Rubythroat

Tickell's Thrush

White-eared Bulbul

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