Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 3, 2017

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh 1

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Ganj, Orchha, day 1

After a mix-up finding my auto-rickshaw driver at the Jhansi train station, I was on my way to Orchha. I was going to a homestay in a small village just up the hill from Orchha. After I got settled and had a shower, I went for a walk with my camera.

Ashy  Prinia
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)

I cannot stop taking lovely photos of Ashy Prinias. They just sit up right in front of me demanding to be photographed. And they are very photogenic.

Large Grey Babbler
Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcomi)

I found a mob of these in a hilly field. I thought they were Jungle Babblers at first but they had the most intense yellow eyes. When I got them in the computer, I could tell straight away what they were with the black lores and the black mandible.

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia

This one was singing joyously.

Brahminy Starling
Brahminy Starling (Sturnus pagodarum)

This Brahminy Starling was sitting on the wire near the main road of the village. After that I went to the other side along a track where there is a hube baobab tree.

Pied Cuckoo
Pied Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus)

I had been seeing a few Pied Cuckoos flying around all afternoon, but always managed to miss them. Near the mega-baobab I finally got a record shot at least.

Painted Francolin ?
Painted Francolin (Francolinus pictus) ?

I really cannot identify this weird-looking bird. My best guess is a Painted Francolin. It made the most horrendous racket.

Orchha bird list

Long-billed vulture (Gyps Indicus)
Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcomi)
Painted Francolin (Francolinus pictus) ?
Brahminy Starling (Sturnus pagodarum)
Pied Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus)
Indian Robin
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis)
Plain Prinia
Green Bee-eater
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Red-vented Bulbul
Common Myna
Red-wattled Lapwing
Asian Koel
White-throated Kingfisher
Large-billed Crow
White-breasted Moorhen
Black Drongo
Indian Roller

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