Yesterday was rainy, and no power in lodge almost all day. Some hours I was in the room with candle. Today morning is rainy too, the chance to repeat yesterday staying in the room is very large. But I don't want to stay in lodge without power, so I decide to go anywhere by bus despite to rain and late morning. In the beginning I wanted to visit Matupaddy Dam but I waited the bus to this destination too much long time, then I moved to another bus stand and went in destination of Eravikulam National Park. When I got the Park rain become easy, and I went on foot back to Munnar. No new birds, but I took some nice photos of familiar birds, so I am happy.
After lunch in Munnar I found no flying Dusky Crag Martins. Every day I watch flying Dusky Crag Martins and Red-rumped Swallows, and all the time I want to view these birds in the wires. But Crag Martins seems never perched in wires. Today I found them in the building again.
Then I went to Matupatti Dam and reservoir (1700 m altitude, Munnar is in 1550 m altitude), which is very beauty but not interesting as birding spot. Directly in tea plantations near reservoir I found some Long-tailed Shrikes, probably plantations are the main winter habitat of these Shrikes.
Today I really happy because my expectation was so bad so I think I should just wait the next day. But day was very nice.
1. Blue-Capped Rock Thrush (Monticola cinclorhynchus)
2. Grey-Headed Canary-Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis)
3. Palani Laughing-Thrush (Montecincla fairbanki)
4. Unknown to me Butterfly
5. Oriental White-Eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)
6. White-Cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis)
7. Nilgiri Wood Pigeon (Columba elphinstonii)
8. Long-Tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
9. White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
10. Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
11. Matupaddy reservoir
12. Everyday in Munnar I watch this Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
© Askar Isabekov
Eravikulam National Park. Munnar, Kerala.