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20 June 2005 @ 08:40 am
Devarayana Durga  
I went birding yesterday to Devarayana Durga state forest in search of Long-billed vultures which had been sighted by a birder near this place a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, we did not see any long-billed vultures, but we did see a pair of Egyptian vultures with their young one flying low over the rock formations. It was a day for raptors and we saw a pair of Black Eagles, a pair of Bonelli's eagles, a pair of Shikras, Black Kites, Brahminy Kites and a pair of Honey Buzzards. All of us were surprised that we did not see a Crested Serpent Eagle which is fairly common in these parts, but we did see lots of Yellow-throated Bulbuls near the rocky cliffs.

Overcast conditions meant not too much photography and it was an all-time low in terms of photographs clicked in an outing for me - just 10! Anyways here's a photograph of an Indian Silverbill. I was so close to it that I could catch it if I wanted to. In fact, I had to step back so that I could put it in the frame. :)

Shalushalu_b on June 20th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
The birdie looks like its cold and sick
Sajith T Ssajith on June 20th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Wonderful lens :)
kruthikruthi on June 20th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
why didnt it fly off :-?
Yathinyathin on June 20th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
It did ... as soon as it noticed that it had landed in front of a human! :)
kruthikruthi on June 20th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
u didn't make *any* sound that made it notice u until u were so near?!
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Yathinyathin on June 20th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
Most of the munia/finch family and their relatives have such beaks. Even sparrows have such a beak if you observe them!
Eppendorfseppendorfs on June 20th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
That pic is on my desktop at work :)
Yathinyathin on June 20th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)