Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 20, 2017

Kashmir Travels

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Srinagar Tourist.

Yesterday I went up to the mountain near my hotel with my host. It was a lot easier driving up in a car than walking.

Mid-day shikara
A Shikara on Dal Lake

In the middle of the day, the lake was like glass. And hot. I do not envy this guy having to paddle around in the hot mid-day sun.

paddling
Paddling

This guy was all dressed up. Must have had a big date.

Srinagar city
View from up top

A view of Srinagar from on top of the mountain.

Kashmiri dress
Traditional dress.

At the pixie palace on the next mountain, this girl was all dressed up in traditional Kashmiri garb for a photo shoot. You hire the clothes, then pay the photographer for the photos.

Jamia Masjid
Jamia Masjid

I went inside the Jamia Masjid with my host. I was a bit tentative but once I got inside it felt all nice and peaceful. It was built more than 500 years ago.

Jhelum River
Jhelum River

The Jhelum River runs all the way to Pakistan and used to be the main artery for trade and commerce in the old days.

houseboats
Houseboats

This is where the British used to park their houseboats.

August 18, 2017

Kashmir Birding 2

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Dal Lake

This morning I was up and 5am for my 5:30 shikara ride. But it was too early. The sun had not come up yet and it was too dark for decent photos. It was nice and quiet and atmospheric anyway, so I just enjoyed the ride.

Citrine Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)

I had been seeing Citrine Wagtails for a few days but did not have my camera with me. So luckily this morning I finally got a photo of this blighter. They breed in high-altitude wet grasslands in Baluchistan and the Himalayas.

Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

The Hooded Crow is superficially similar to the House Crow, but the back and front is a much lighter grey and extends much further down the back. Black hood is very similar to House Crow.

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Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

This is a Big Close Up showing the weird blinking motion of a lot of birds. “The nictitating membrane is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye from the medial canthus for protection and to moisten it while maintaining vision. Some reptiles, birds, and sharks have full nictitating membranes.” (wiki)

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Little egret
Little Egret

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida )

Srinagar bird list

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
Common Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Little Grebe
Little Egret
Indian Pond Heron
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida )
Common Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
White-eared Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul
Black Kite

August 17, 2017

Srinagar Walk

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Kashmir Birding

I arrived in Srinagar, Kashmir this morning. I managed to have 2 hotel touts attached to me. They just tagged along while I found my hotel. One of them tried to scam a commission from the hotel that I found all by myself. ha ha. too funny.

Little Grebe
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Late in the afternoon I went for a walk along the lake front and got accosted by hundreds of Shikara boat drivers. I organised a boat ride for 5.30 in the morning. There are thousands of boats and houseboats and no tourists. They are getting a bit desperate.

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida )

I found some guy making mutton kebabs and had a couple. I was craving some meat. Tomorrow I might have some fish.

shrike
Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) ??

Not sure about this. There are some large anomalies. Waiting for proper ID.

Indian Pond Heron
Indian Pond Heron

Common Myna
Common Myna

Srinagar bird list

Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) ??
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida )
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
White-throated Kingfisher
House Crow
Black Kite
Common Myna
Indian Pond Heron

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