Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 4, 2017

Snake at the lake

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Mount Abu – Nakki Lake.

Starting at the end. The last thing I photographed this afternoon. I was having a cup of chai and sat down by the lake. Some kid was throwing dough into the lake. I looked in, expected to see some lame fish and to my amazement a snake stuck its head out of the rocks just above the water.

snake at the lake
Checkered Keelback (Xenochrophis piscator)

I thought the snake was after the fish, but after some time I realized that it wanted the dough. After a while I saw nearly half a dozen snakes sticking their bodies out of the rocks. Some of the snakes went into the water. Edit: It is the checkered keelback or Asiatic water snake (Xenochrophis piscator). Thanks to Nathan Rusli for the identification.

ready to bite
Checkered Keelback (Xenochrophis piscator)

In this shot of the snake with its mouth open, it appears that the snake has no teeth.

snake close up
Checkered Keelback (Xenochrophis piscator)

Sinewy body of the snake. Very amazing.

Grey Breasted Prinia
Grey Breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)

Now let us go back to the beginning of this story. This afternoon I set off along the track around Nakki Lake at Mount Abu in Southern Rajasthan. I climbed up to the Toad Rock and saw a few birds but not very many at all. It was very light on.

Brown Rock Chat ?
Brown Rock Chat (Cercomela fusca) .

I think this is a Brown Rock Chat. Waiting for expert confirmation. Edit: Thanks to Indian Bird ID facebook group. Confirmed ID.

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)

On the way down I spotted a couple of Common Tailorbirds.

Grey Langur
Grey Langur

Amazing shot of this female.

Happy Families
Happy Families.

Mount Abu Bird List

Brown Rock Chat
Grey Breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii) ????
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Red-vented Bulbul
Rose-ringed Parakeet

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