Bandipur is home to 200 species of birds and for bird watchers like us, it is a paradise. Bandipur has the maximum number of Tigers in the reserve forest, but do not be disappointed if you cannot spot any as they are extremely elusive. While on the exciting hunt to spot the mammal you can do some birding, which is equally exciting and satisfying. You will be surprised to see a variety of birds in every hue and size flocking around. It is a sight to behold! Identifying the bird by calls is another activity that you can enjoy. The birds are busy in the morning and evening and getting a picture right can be a challenge. Let me allow the pictures below do all the talking.
Indian Cuckoo also known as brain fever bird – Yes, my call is what you will remember once you are back in your room.
Bush Chat – Male : Cutest of all.
Cormorants – waiting for the right moment to strike the water.
Red Wattled Lapwing – out for a morning walk asking everyone “did you do it?”
The national bird in all its splendor.
Waiting for the right moment to show off the colors…
…And the moment arrived! Cameras thank profusely.
Brahminy Starling – You all come and I chirp gleefully.
Stop the racket, will you?
Barn Swallow – Let me be
Spotted Dove – Spot and drive guys…
Hoopoe – Breakfast is good today!
White-rumped Vultures and Red-headed Vultures – Resting time after all the gliding.
I am all ears for a kill.
Malabar Parakeet – I am blue!
Yellow footed Green Pigeon – Sure footed when we are together
Spotted Owl – Zen mode
White breasted Kingfisher – Had enough of diving
Montagu’s Harrier – Just got the thermal, hunting can wait
Indian Koel (female) – Did you call me?
No, I didn’t, I am busy choosing the fruit
Crested Serpent Eagle – It is cool here
Yeah! but the bird’s eye view is better here
Streak-throated Woodpecker – checking, which tree to peck next
Magpie Robin to the Woodpecker – I sing, you tap
Plum-headed Parakeet (male) – The fruits are yummy!
Plum-headed Parakeet (female) – I am getting my share too!
I am sated!
Drongo – Black is beautiful!
Bay backed Shrike – I am in for the cutest bird competition