Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher. Our ever present friend and source of entertainment and joy at Nandi Hills. A delightful little birdie with an even more delightful song. There hasn’t been one trip to Nandi Hills where I haven’t enjoyed watching and listening to this bird. These birds are not very shy or wary of humans and happy to let us get close to them.
Nilgiri Wood Pigeon. Classified as Vulnerable by IUCN (http://ift.tt/1agNj6R).
This was at Nandi Hills near Bangalore, India. One of the few places outside of the Western Ghats/Nilgiris where this beautiful and rare bird is found.
On this day, we were fortunate to see this bird many times. We had got reasonably close a little earlier and had got some good shots. Happy, we were returning back to our car. Then suddenly right in front of us, we found this bird at a very close distance at ground level drinking water. I put up my hand and all of us just froze. Slowly we got ourselves down to ground level to get eye level shots of this beautiful bird. Can only think that we were super fortunate to have observed and even photographed this elusive bird from such close quarters,