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Friday, May 27, 2011

Birding Around Mukteshwar - II

Great Titmouse or Great chikadee

Grey Treepie
A well known idiom says that,"Early bird catches the worm", meaning that those who start earlier have a better chance of success. Most members of the Avian world follow this advice religiously. Early morning is the time when birds are most active. This also the time for birders and especially bird photographers to observe and capture the Avian life at its best. 
Hectic schedule, during recent visit to Mukteshwar, pushed birding to backseat. However, my visit to the place would be incomplete without documenting some feathered friends. Hence, one day, just after sunrise, I embarked on walk around our hotel  to greet these local residents.
Titmouse, also known as chickadee, is a non migratory bird found in forested areas of Northern Hemisphere. Many orchard owners depend upon the help of this active little bird, titmouse for a successful fruit crop. When the trees are bare and the chemical control of insects is no longer possible, the birds do their best work. They search every crevice for hibernating insects and for the larvae and eggs from which harmful insects hatch. These sprightly, bold, and inquisitive birds have been described as "feathered question marks."

Grey Treepie, also known as Himalayan treepie, and the Red billed blue magpie are related to crows, jays and magpies. They are widely distributed along the foothills of the Himalayas in South Asia and extending into Southeast Asia. These omnivorous birds eat insects, grain, berries and small reptiles, eggs and nestlings.
Red Billed Blue Magpie

Streaked Laughing Thrush

Streaked laughing thrush is part of the babbler family. Like most babblers it forages for food on ground. The bird in pictures has captured a betel for breakfast.