Birds from the Hail Himalayas

by Mridula on January 13, 2014

in Birds,Canon D550,himachal pradesh,Photography

Bird watching is a late hobby of mine but it is one that is going to stay with me. On many trips, I just do not get time to click any birds. Not so at Hail Himalayas. I saw many and managed to click three birds, two of them for the first time.

Orange Flanked Bush Robin

Orange Flaked Bush Robin, Male

I saw this bird for the first time when I was walking to the waterfall. It paused for a while but I had a 11-16 lens mounted on my camera. And even before I could think of changing lenses it flew away. Later it came to the Hail Himalayas campsite itself and then I had the leisure to click it.

Orange Flanked Bush Robin

Orange Flaked Bush Robin- Another Look

This is how the bird looks from the top. I could manage the id via Indiamike Bird Thread. I just do not know what I would have done if the kind folks at the thread would not keep identifying bird after bird for me.

Forktail Bird


This is a partial view of a Forktail. It has a long tail and I could capture only a part of it. The tail is forked, hence the name Forktail. This is also a first sighting for me. These days the backyard hardly ever yield any new birds!

White Capped Redstart

White Capped Redstart

I have seen White Capped Redstart many times. It is a faithful at the bank of the Ganges at Rishikesh, I have seen it at Jim Corbet too. When found near habitation my experience is that is is quite fearless too. This one was near the temple next to the waterfall. It let me creep quite close to it.

And while you read this, I am off on a vacation (no invitations, my own personal vacation) to Gujarat. The idea is to try and reach the Runn of Kutch. I picked up Gujarat in the end because it would not be cold at this time of year!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

ilakshee January 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

Lovely little friends!


njoyeverymoment January 16, 2014 at 12:37 am

Lovely Capture :)


sindhoooo January 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Wow! Beautiful shots! Thanks for the IDs :)

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Tarika January 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

Mridula, bless your passion & talent for capturing such beauty!


hindustanisakhisaheli January 15, 2014 at 12:23 am
Renuka January 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Very pretty! So lucky of you to be able to click such nice close-ups of birds. I have never managed to do that.


Santosh January 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Wow! wonderful :)

Rann of Kutch is another exciting place to see lot of birds. Have a great time!


r ramakrishnan January 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Real charmers these lovely birds !


Poonam (StirYourSouls) January 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Colorful, bright, lovely birds! :)


bharatisingha January 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I love those cute little birds :)


Soma January 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Beautiful….. i,m also a new bird watcher….and intrigued by the world…


PRADIP KUMAR BISWAS January 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Thank you for bringing me back to my memory. In Himalayas, particularly in the foothills of Terai of E.Himalaya and little away from Dehradun, I saw those birds.


Preethi Venugopal January 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I too love birds and once upon a time had a good feather collection.
I loved the Orange flaked Bush Robin best…:)


Maniparna Sengupta Majumder January 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Wonderful captures. I think it needs a lot of concentration and patience when it comes to avian photography. Great job done !


Niranjan January 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Swarnam John January 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

Very informative post with amazing photos.


Deepa January 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

Beautiful photos :)


Rat January 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

cute n lovely snaps :)


Bhawya January 13, 2014 at 3:08 am

Lovely birds indeed..


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