Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 2, 2017

Pugmark Trail Again

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Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Raining again this morning. I am still in Kumily near the Periyar Tiger Reserve. I waited until 9am when the rain stopped and the sun came out occasionally until I went birding at the Pugmark Trail again. I was hoping for some more new birds, but I only got one new bird today.

Malabar Whistling Thrush
Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii)

“The Malabar whistling thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii) is a whistling thrush in the family Muscicapidae. They are also known locally by the name of whistling schoolboy for the whistling calls that they make at dawn that have a very human quality. The species is a resident in the Western Ghats and associated hills of peninsular India including central India and parts of the Eastern Ghats.” (source: Wikipedia).

Southern Hill Myna
Southern Hill Myna (Gracula indica)

There were heaps of these under the canopy today, hanging about with Jungle Mynas, making a fearful racket. There are five species of Gracula, Hill Mynas. 1 in India, 1 in Sri Lanka, Common Hill Myna in mainland South-east Asia and 2 in Sumatra on Nias and Enggano islands.

male  Orange-headed Thrush
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina cyanotus)

This is a male Orange-headed Thrush. I am thinking it is a better shot than yesterday. Well, actually it is about the same. doh!

Black-rumped Flameback
Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense )

Really bad shot of the Black-rumped Flameback. But it is a good diagnostic shot showing the golden back, black rump and black chin that give this one away.

White-bellied Treepie
White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)

This is a better shot than yesterday but still in low light. I tried Auto ISO. It worked but you have to go back to manual ISO when you are shooting up towards the sky because of the backlighting effect.

Jungle Babbler
Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striatus)

The Jungle Babblers were everywhere this morning. Chasing each other, grizzling and squabbling and preening each other. They are very much like Australian babblers and very sociable.

Bonnet Macaque
Bonnet Macaque (Macaca radiata)

Evil mofos. I had to rescue a girl’s keys from one the other day. Never trust them or any other macaque. They will steal your bag, your food, even the shirt off your back.

Nilgiri Langur
Nilgiri Langur

Periyar Tiger Reserve bird list

Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii)
Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina cyanotus)
Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striatus)
Jungle Myna
Southern Hill Myna (Gracula indica)
Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus)
White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)
Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense )
White-throated Kingfisher
Common Tailorbird

Mammals
Sambar
Nilgiri Langur
Bonnet Macaque (Macaca radiata)

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