One early morning, we were taken to Eldhose home which was supposed to be a very birdy site! Built in the middle of the forest, we could hear birds of all sorts sing their hearts out as we hurtled into the forest towards Eldhose’s home.
We sat at the front porch and sipped our morning coffee while waiting for the star bird…it was none other than the Black-rumped Flameback, also known as the Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker. The black throat finely marked with white spots separates it from other golden backed woodpeckers in the Indian region. This gorgeous male didn’t let us wait long! The woodpecker was just too obliging- came to the tree right in front of us and started pecking away! It was almost as it was putting a show for us! Its red crown is just too eye-catching, isn’t it? 😛
There were some quality birds at Eldhose birding site which included Grey Junglefowl couple, Black-throated munia, Jungle babbler, which were all endemics! There was also a Red Spurfowl which peeped through the scrubs and nosy squirrels that came for a peek-a-boo!
It was a brilliant morning session before we moved on to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary where we saw many sunbirds, flowerpeckers, hornbills and of course the Indian Pitta– a must see in India! With over 120 birds seen in that sanctuary, I need time to consolidate my thoughts before doing a write-up about it! *cough* Stay Tuned…