Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 7, 2017

Hampi Birding Three

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Hampi North Side

This morning I took off over the other side of the river again. There were not many birds about but I did get to photograph some nice Black-headed Munia.

Black-headed Munia
Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca) breeding male

And some juveniles were in the flock as well. Actually there were mostly juveniles with about one or two breeding males.

Black-headed Munia  juvenile
Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca) juvenile

I could only pick out the juvenile Black-headed Munias because they were with the breeding male.

Streak-throated Swallow
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)

I found another heap of Streak-throated Swallow nests under a rock. They were flying into the nests, then coming out and roosting on top of a nearby boulder.

Indian Jungle Crow
Indian Jungle Crow (Corvus culminatus)

I noticed that this crow has the tip of its top bill curving over a bit.

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White-browed Bulbul

I keep seeing these all the time now.

Baya Weaver nest
Baya Weaver nest

There were two trees with Baya Weaver nests scattered around them. The old ones did not have the extension entrance like this one.

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)

This is a breeding male. Yellow on top and the front and sides.

Hampi bird list

Black-headed Munia (Lonchura malacca)
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus)
Red-vented Bulbul
Indian Pond Heron
Long-tailed Shrike
Asian Koel
White-browed Bulbul
Scaly-breasted Munia

Hampi Birding Two

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Hampi River Birding.

This afternoon I went across the river to the northern side. I had to catch a boat over. There is no bridge. It was quite a productive afternoon. I expected nothing and was rewarded with a couple of ticks.

Red Avadavat
Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)

The Red Avadavat breeding male is mostly red with random white spots. Their habitat is grass and low bushes, often near water.

Streaked Weaver
Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar)

The Streaked Weaver breeding male has a yellow crown, dark brown side of the head and throat, with a heavily streaked breast and sides.

Pied Bushchat -  female
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) female

Note the reddish rump on the female.

Streak-throated Swallow nests
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)

Streak-throated Swallows nesting under a boulder in the middle of the river.

fat lizard
Fat lizard

Hampi bird list

Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)
Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar)
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) female
Black Drongo
White-rumped Munia
Grey Heron
Purple-rumped Sunbird

Hampi Birding One

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Hampi – Karnataka.

I arrived at Hampi from Goa at 6am, had a cup of chai and then went to my room at my guest house for a kip. After a little while, I realised that it was still early morning so I got up and went birding. doh!

Yellow-throated Bulbul
Yellow-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthlaemus)

The main targets for Hampi were the Yellow-throated Bulbul and the Painted Spurfowl. One down, one to go.

Streak-throated Swallow
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)

I cannot remember if I have seen these in India before. The wifi is down so I cannot check.

Indian Jungle Crow
Indian Jungle Crow (Corvus culminatus)

I think these were split from the Large-billed Crow. It is very confusing.

Pied Bushchat male
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) male

I have been seeing females for ages, so now I get to photograph a male. woot!

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaina haemacephala )

Yellow-billed Babbler
Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis)

I must be getting south to see these.

yellow stripe lizard
lizard

This one had very good camouflage on the rocks. And two yellow stripes on his back.

Black and Yellow lizard
Black and yellow lizard

Indian Palm Squirrel
Indian Palm Squirrel

This guy looked like he was spoiling for a fight. So I left him alone.

Hampi bird list

Yellow-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthlaemus)
Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola)
Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis)
Indian Jungle Crow (Corvus culminatus)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaina haemacephala )
White-browed Bulbul
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
Brahminy Starling
Common Myna
Laughing Dove
Red-vented Bulbul
House Crow
Large-billed Crow
Scaly-breasted Munia
Green Bee-eater
Feral Pigeon
Purple Sunbird
White-browed Wagtail
Common Tailorbird
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Indian Robin
Indian Silverbill

Others

Indian Palm Squirrel
Bonnet Macaque
Various lizards.
Big millipede

October 3, 2017

Goa Birding Eight

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Divar Island – Tuesday.

I went back to Divar Island this morning on the scooty. There were a few waders on the mudflats along a bit of a creek.

Crested Lark
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)

I spotted a bunch of Crested Larks on the football field and stayed on the road, under cover of a bit of bush so I would not spook them. It worked. Thanks to the dudes on the Indian Bird id group on facebook for the identification. Bushlarks etc are a nightmare for me to ID. I have no idea.

Richard's Pipit
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi)

I could not decide between Paddyfield Pipit and Richard’s Pipit but went with Richard because of the long claws.

Richard's Pipit claws
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi)

Check out those massive hind claws.

Lesser Sand Plover
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)

I think this one has got a little bit of breeding plumage happening.

Common Redshank
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Black-headed Ibis
Black-headed Ibis

I was hoping to get a decent shot of a Montagu’s Harrier but it took off never to return as soon as I spotted it.

Goa bird list

Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi)
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Common Sandpiper
Pied Cuckoo
Red-wattled Lapwing
Striated Heron
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Jungle Myna
Black Drongo
Plain Prinia
Greater Coucal
Brahminy Kite
Black Kite
Black-headed Ibis

October 2, 2017

Goa Birding Seven

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Divar Island.

I got on the scooty and went to Divar Island on the ferry and rode around looking for birds. There were quite a few on the flats. Almost like saltbush country.

Siberian Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)

Another one of these.

Montagu's Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)

I was hoping for a Pallid Harrier, but not to be.

Jungle Myna
Jungle Myna

id please
Pied Bushchat female.

Got it wrong again. doh!

black kite nes
Black Kite nest

Black Kites nesting on a huge power pylon.

Baya Weaver
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus philippinus)

There was a big flock of breeding, females and immature Baya Weavers.

no idea
Pied Bushchat female.

double doh!

Goa bird list

Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola maurus)
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus philippinus)
White-rumped Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
Jungle Myna
Green Bee-eater
Striated Heron
Black Drongo
Brahminy Kite
Lesser Whistling Duck
Ashy Prinia
Long-tailed Shrike
Pied Bushchat

Goa Birding Six

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Carambolim Lake – Monday.

It was raining most of last night, so this morning was a bit grey and overcast. I went to Carambolim Lake again for the umpteenth time and did not find a great deal of birds. I think they all stayed home in bed like I should have.

Purple-rumped Sunbird
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

I have seen a few of these Purple-rumped Sunbirds the last few days.

Purple-rumped Sunbird
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

grasshopper
Grasshopper

Goa bird list Monday

Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)
Black Drongo
Indian Pond Heron
Common Iora
Oriental Magpie-robin
Long-tailed Shrike
Red-whiskered Bulbul
White-browed Bulbul
Brahminy Kite
White-browed Wagtail
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Ashy Prinia
Grey-breasted Prinia
White-throated Kingfisher
Asian Koel
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Green Bee-eater
Scaly-breasted Munia
Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher

September 30, 2017

Goa Birding Five

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Mayem Lake

Off to Mayem Lake this morning. Got on the ferry to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and went east. I walked around the Lakeview Hotel grounds.

Indian Yellow Tit
Indian Yellow Tit (Parus aplonotus)

The only new bird was an Indian Yellow Tit.

Purple-rumped Sunbird
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)

I could not tell if this was a Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica) or a Crimson-backed Sunbird (Leptocoma minima) but the green patch on the shoulder sold me on the purple-rumped.

Tickel's Blue Flycatcher
Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)

I think this bird is going from immature to adult. He is mixed.

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird

After some bread rolls and subhji, I walked along this road near the village.

Grey-fronted Green Pigeon
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)

Near Bicholim I found a track into the Namazgah protected archeological site. People had dumped rubbish all over the place. There were hardly any birds but I did find these green pigeons.

Mayem Lake bird list

Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica)
Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)
Indian Yellow Tit (Parus aplonotus)
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)
Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Spotted Dove
Common Iora
Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo)
Feral Pigeon
Common Tailorbird
Brahminy Kite
Green Bee-eater

Daman to Goa

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime.

Here are some tourist photos about daily life in Daman and Goa. They are as different as chalk and cheese even though both were Portuguese colonies.

sorting the fish
Women sorting fish.

These fish were straight off the trawler. The women were sorting them out ready for the market.

hanging roots
Hanging Roots

This old fig had massive aerial roots hanging down. It looked impressive.

1603 fort gateway
Old Gateway

This was a really old gateway in the 1603 Portuguese fort.

stuck on the mud
Trawler leaving

But first it had to winch itself off the mud flat.

beached casino
Beached casino

I get to Goa and go for a ride on my scooty to the beach. A casino was beached. The cows were not impressed. Someone had set up a drink stand for all the gawkers.

Casino Royale
Floating Casino

This is a casino that was not beached. It was done up like a paddle-wheel steamer. Very tasty.

tourist crap
Jetty tourist crap

After that I went to the jetty. There were stalls all set up selling the usual tourist crap – hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, kids’ clothes, drinks.

looking north
Looking North

The lookout at the jetty had a good view north.

goa ferry
Waiting to get on the ferry

The ferries were free. They connected the islands and the burbs across the river.

get on the ferry now
Bikes charging on

There is no system. Everyone just charges onto the ferry. Then they are all turning around causing mayhem and chaos. Situation Normal snafu.

reading the paper
Reading the paper on the ferry

Plenty of time to read the paper while the ferry is going between stops. The young blokes would be checking their phones of course.

get off now!
Racing off the ferry.

Then all the bikes charge off the ferry, bipping their horns maniacially, in a hurry to get somewhere or other. Rush Rush. The End.

September 29, 2017

Goa Birding Four

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Carambolim Lake Three.

Carambolim Lake, the site that keeps on giving. I went there again this morning. And got two new birds and a couple of birds first seen in India.

Tickel's Blue Flycatcher
Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)

This one was relatively easy to identify. The similar ones live way up in the Himalayas, so out of range massively.

Grey-fronted Green Pigeon
Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)

The only one similar is the orange-bellied and it sure does not have one of them.

Greater Racket Tailed Drongo
Greater Racket Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)

You cannot miss this gaudy show-off. It was cavorting with a Rufous Treepie.

Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)

This one has a red rump, red on the side of the neck and a streaky chest.

White-browed Bulbul
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)

Cannot stop finding this one now. doh!

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

Magnificent biplane.

butterfly
Butterfly

Goa birds list 4

Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (Treron affinis)
Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Greater Racket Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Rufous Treepie
Ashy Prinia
House Crow
White-throated Kingfisher
Common Iora
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)
Spotted Dove
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Brahminy Kite
Indian Robin
Oriental Magpie-robin
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Green Bee-eater
White-breasted Waterhen
Rose-ringed Parakeet

September 28, 2017

Goa Birding Three

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Carambolim Lake Redux

Today was a disaster and a triumph. I started off heading to Batim Lake, south of Panjim. I got there, after getting lost a few times, and it was total crap. Just a lake full of nothing but Lotus flowers. doh! So I headed off back to Carambolin to see if I could rescue the morning.

Blue-faced Malkoha
Blue-faced Malkoha (Rhopodytes viridirostris)

I got there, parked the bike and started walking along the verges. I saw this blur in the tree, so I starting shooting. I had no idea what it was. The photo is still crap but it is certainly a Blue-faced Malkoha. woo-hoo. tick tock.

Golden-fronted Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons frontalis)

Another stir in a tree and it turns out to be a couple of Golden-fronted Leafbirds. Very nice looking birds and all.

Golden-fronted Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons frontalis)

Proudly showing off his catch to me. A delicious grass-hopper. Yum yum, Who is a lucky boy?

White-rumped Munia
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)

I got a better shot of these today. They were on the wire preening. So I just shot away.

White-browed Bulbul
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)

A better shot than yesterday and it is eating some fruit. win-win.

 Purple Heron
Purple Heron

Close enough to be relatively decent. Usually they fly off as soon as you get miles away from them. All in all a good day with a crap start.

Goa Birds list 3

Golden-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons frontalis)
Blue-faced Malkoha (Rhopodytes viridirostris)
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)
White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)
Lesser Whistling Duck
Common Moorhen
Grey-headed swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Purple Heron
Bronze-winged Jacana
Oriental Darter
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Ashy Prinia
Black-hooded Oriole
White-browed Wagtail

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