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July 12, 2017

Bharatpur Birding 2

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 12:37 pm

Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary Day 2.

12th July 2017. Morning. I was up before 6am and headed towards the sanctuary. I managed to get a cup of chai but there was nothing to eat so early. So I starved all morning until I got back to the roundabout at 11am for an omlet and orange juice.

Bay-backed Shrike
Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus)

I had to get the experts’ help in identifying this Bay-backed Shrike. They are very similar to the Long-tailed Shrike. The most important feature is the colour of the back. And I think the size of the eye-mask has a bearing.

Indian Grey Hornbill
Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostrus)

I saw this one right at the end of the morning. The light was terrible under a deep cover of forest. The Indian Grey Hornbill was feeding on fruit off a tree. “The Indian Grey Hornbill is a common hornbill found on the Indian subcontinent. It is mostly arboreal and is commonly sighted in pairs. It has grey feathers all over the body with a light grey or dull white belly.” Wikipedia.

Eurasian Cuckoo
Eurasian Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Not sure what this is. I am guessing Indian Cuckoo but I have no idea. There are too many that are very similar. Thanks to the experts. It is a Eurasian Cuckoo, also called Common Cuckoo. It is very similar to the Indian Cuckoo.

Black-necked Stork   female
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) female

This is a female because it has a yellow eye. They are the same bird as our Australian Jabiru. Awesome.

Monkey on the road
Monkey on the road

I thought I might go all arty.

black drongo
Black Drongo

I think this young Black Drongo was getting all tangled up in a spider web. Bloody drongo!

Pied Bushchat  female
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) female

This is the second time I had to go to the local experts with this bird. doh!

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia  male
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Petronia xanthocollis) male

Finally I got a photo of the male Chestnut-shouldered Petronia.

Grey Heron with catfish
Grey Heron with catfish

This heron has been hanging around here for two days. Finally it caught or stole a fish.

Sarus Crane
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)

Showing a bit of environment.

Sarus Crane BCU
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)

I was too close so I just went for some Big Close Ups. They have weird bills.

Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo

These must be young ones. No colour.

Indian jackal
Indian jackal (Canis aureus indicus)

I was very lucky to see this mob of Indian Jackals on the road right at the end of my morning. I was very happy to see them. The Indian Jackal is a sub-species of the Golden Jackal. They are the same genus as dogs, wolves, and dingos.

Indian jackal
Indian jackal (Canis aureus indicus)

This cute puppy saw me and took off up the road.

Bharatpur bird list

Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus)
Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostrus)
Eurasian Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Petronia xanthocollis)
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
Sarus Crane (Grus antigone)
Grey-headed swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Asian Openbill
Greater Flamingo
Spotted Owlet
Common Myna
House Crow
Grey Heron
Black-crowned Night-heron
Lesser Whistling Duck
Black-winged Stilt
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Greater Coucal
Asian Pied Starling
Brahminy Starling
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Indian Roller


Wild Boar
Indian jackal (Canis aureus indicus)
Spotted Deer
Land Monitor
Macaque Monkey


  1. Love the close up of the saris crane. I can never see too much detail. Thanks. Su.

    Comment by Su — July 13, 2017 @ 8:59 am

  2. thank you.

    I was too close so i had to go for the Big Close Up. ha ha.
    no vultures yet. but when i do find some I will tag you.
    I am now in Jaipur.


    Comment by admin — July 13, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

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