Birds of Different Feathers

Chhavi and I recently went to Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. This is the first daughter-mother trip of 2014. I hope we are going to do many more trips this year. We had a good time. This post is a collection of birds from the area.

Rose Ringed Parakeet

Rose Ringed Parakeet

We stayed at the Tiger Den which is a RTDC hotel. Right at the hotel there were so many birds. Tiger Den is a budget hotel. It is also the Rajasthan Government hotel, it is right next to the park.

Brown Shrike

Long Tailed Shrike

While I was clicking this Brown┬áLong Tailed Shrike with my camera, Chhavi was clicking the same picture with my cell phone. We both would click a picture and then take a stop closer to get a better shot. I have to give her some credit, she was quiet as a mouse and didn’t alarm the bird at all. This picture was also taken at the hotel.

Peacock

A Peacock at the Hotel Wall

Peacocks are so common at Sariska. A few would roam around the hotel itself. That was a great source of fun for Chhavi. She would try to strike a conversation with them!

Spotted Owls

Spotted Owls

The spotted owls were pointed out to us by our young guide Ajay, deep inside the forest. I think all the owls wanted was to sleep and not a jeep full of gawking people. But we were quite a distance away and after a sleepy look they couldn’t be bothered less!

Treepie closeup

Treepie

The tigers at Sariska are collared. So there is a point where all the jeeps converge to hear about the wireless reports. The treepies at that spot are so used to human being. Along with bulbuls and jungle babblers they demand food and besiege every new jeep on arrival.

Feeding Treepies at Sariska

All Smiles

So, some people feed the treepies with their hands. Chhavi gave them wafers but from a distance. I was happier with the camera than trying my hand at feeding them!

Chhavi

Trying to Fly!

Finally this bird was also trying to fly in the hotel corridor. I am wondering where to take her next!

33 thoughts on “Birds of Different Feathers

  1. Goabirder

    Hi Mridula,

    Lovely pics and write-up.. looks like a visit to this bird haven beckons!

    The bird tagged as brown shrike is the Long tailed shrike I think… pl reconfirm…

    Regards

    Reply
  2. r.ramakrishnan

    Enchanting bird pictures – it is not enough to have a hi tech camera;you should understand the features and know when to use them to bring out incredibly fascinating pics such as this.

    Reply
  3. Nikhil

    Now , that is a lot of different species of birds put together.:D :)
    Mridula , the captures are so beautiful & so are the words accompanying them. Each complimenting one another. :)

    Reply

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