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Indian Twitters

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Perhaps one of our disappointments in India has been the dearth of exotic wild flowers. The countryside has sometimes been splashed with golden fields of cultivated marigolds and mustard, but otherwise there has been little to see but greens and browns and an occasional flame tree with its brilliant red blooms cupped upwards to catch the rain. We may simply have been here in the wrong season, although Southeast Asia at this time of the year is a riot of colour. However, in recompense, the birds of India have put on a wondrous show , although we’ve not always appreciated their shrill alarm calls announcing dawn. This handsome guy, (or is it a gal?) was particularly vocal…
While we are not twitchers, we identified some of the wild birds: flocks of peacocks in the Rajasthani desert; the iridescent blue kingfishers darting over the rivers and plunging headlong for minnows in the backwaters of Kerala; ruddy red kites gliding gracefully on the breeze; raucous hooded crows scrapping with dogs as they scavenged in the garbage; statuesque herons and egrets endlessly scouring the rice paddies; cormorants spreading their wings in the hot sun; and, being the tropics, flocks of parrots flying in formation like squadrons of miniature green fighter jets.
Here’s a selection …
In Champakulam we were lucky enough to be staying close, (thankfully not too close), to a copse where thousands of birds would roost each night, and each evening at sunset the sky would fill with birds of many species as they squabbled over their chosen lodgings...
There are more than a thousand species of birds in India, of which we may only have seen a few dozen. But, wherever we have been, we have been serenaded by birdsong and have been awed by their balletic aerial displays. India must surely be an ornithologist’s dream.

Posted by Hawkson 21:39 Archived in India

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What a beautiful selection of photos...you have truly complemented the written word with pictures..

by Sharron and Harv

These are beautiful photos, Sheila and Jim. Thank you.

by Trudy

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