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September 3, 2017

Saijan Niwas Gardens

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Udaipur Birding

This morning I got on the rented bike and walked up the hill then flew back down again to Saijan Niwas Gardens, which is a very large forested area right in the middle of Udaipur. There were lots of people there, getting their morning exercise.

Indian Grey Hornbill
Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris)

I had seen an Indian Grey Hornbill on the outskirts of the garden yesterday so I was keen to find one this morning. And soon enough there one was on a big tree near a fountain lake.

Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris) in flight

Luckily I got a few shots off before he took off. This one is a fair bit out of focus, but it is still OK.

Wire-tailed Swallow
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)

I just kept wandering around the tracks, following people. There are lots of Wire-tailed Swallows around Udaipur.

Jungle babbler
Jungle babbler (Turdoides striata)

Quite a few Jungle Babblers making a racket in the bushes. Some lady was feeding them and there were more than twenty gathered around.

Indian Flying Fox
Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus giganteus)

“The Indian Flying Fox, also known as the Greater Indian Fruit Bat, is a species of flying fox in the family Pteropodidae. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar.” (Wikipedia)

Giant African Snail
Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica)

“The Giant African Snail, Achatina fulica, a native of East Africa, is the largest land snail in the world. It is among the 100 most invasive species in the world.Growing to a length of 19cm, it can weigh as much as 750gm. It thrives in moist conditions and is active in Kerala throughout the year, except in the short year end of winter.” (Aljazeera).

Udaipur Birds

Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris)
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Jungle babbler (Turdoides striata)
Little Cormorant
Red-vented Bulbul
Cattle Egret
Red-wattled Lapwing
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Asian Koel
Indian Pond Heron
White-throated Kingfisher
Oriental Magpie-robin
Greater Coucal
Spotted Dove
Purple Sunbird

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