Rainy day in Munnar

2017-11-29| Askar Isabekov

Today is rainy. I tried to visit the Eravikulam National Park, I even enter to th bus to national Park, But I exited after 4 or 5 stands because I understood that rain became hard. I did't wait the back road bus but went in Munnar direction and watched birds. The first bird I noticed was Malabar Whistling Thrush, which is posed to me as comfortable as possible in the rainy morning. Then I quite a long time watched birds in the riverside trees, where I found Nilgiri Wood Pigeons and Square-tailed Bulbuls, both species are my lifers. Then I got the tea farm where I saw from the bus window the Swallows in wires. Unfortunately only three Swallows rested in wires, and one only of them I could to shoot. It is Hill Swallow, also the lifer to me. But I am not sure that all of rest Swallows were the Hill Swallow too.

Then I noticed the quick red-brownish birds in bushes near the branch road. I wanted to wait them, but local man said me that it's privet property and I must to go only by the main public road. OK, I went to Munnar direction by the main road I one more time noticed the same quick birds. I sat down to the roadside stone and waited some times. The reddish birds I saw most of time stayed inside the bushes but I had a chance to take photos of them. It is Kerala Laughingthush. In addition to this rare bird I three times saw Nilgiri Flycatcher, the blue nice bird.

That moment rain downed to Munnar, but under Munnar weather was not rainy. I decide to get to Kallar to agree with Kuttettan to watch birds of his backyard in next day in case of rain in Munnar. In the road to Kuttettan home and in back road I saw mostly familiar to me birds, such as Bulbuls, Sunbirds, etc. I can to mention the Crying Malabar and White-cheeked Barbets, Oriental White-eyes, Scarlet Minivets, and Brown Shrike, of course they are not rare birds of locality, but rarer than Bulbuls at least.

Inside the Munnar I twice noticed the same Crested Serpent Eagle in the same tree, where I saw it in my first arriving to city.

1. Nilgiri Wood Pigeon (Columba elphinstonii)

2. Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii)

3. Giant nest of Honey-Bees

4. Square-tailed Bulbul (Hypsipetes ganeesa)




8. Nilgiri Flycatcher (Eumyias albicaudatus)

9. Typical landscape near Munnar

10. Just brown but very beauty Butterfly

11. Orange Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus)

12. Yellow-Browed Bulbul (Acritillas indica)

13. Loten's Sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius)

14. Oriental White-Eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)

15. Typical forest in Kallar area

16. Every day in Munnar I see this bird, the Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

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