A short but satisfying trip to Nandi Hills….As usual, by consensus, Nandi Hills was agreed upon as the destination for Saturday’s birding trip, and 7 of us….Kannan,Nandan, Naveen,Poornima, Santosh,Sumeet, and I…left very early in the morning, so as to catch the sunrise at Nandi Hills.
As it happened, we caught the beautiful "moon set" instead. The moon was just a day past full, and still looked quite gorgeous as it sank down in the west, behind the bettA (hill) that is Nandi.
By the time we’d queued up for our tickets, and got into the road, and gone up the hill and parked…the sun was well on its way over the horizon, and the sunrise was a thing of the past.
I’ve posted a short account of the day on my Facebook album,
but let me share with you the highlight of the day…a
BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH
that sat still for us after leading us a merry chase through the slopes, as if to reward us for our efforts!
Here he (it’s a he) is, giving us a side profile, too:
We saw a lot of
GREENISH LEAF WARBLERS
which are migrants from far away:
Another lovely bird we sighted was the
ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER
first, we saw the lady: