We spent 2 1/2 days at Kanha national park and tiger reserve. We did not find the elusive tiger, but found what might be an even more elusive big cat. Leopard!
There were oodles of birds as well, most of them foreign to us. Luckily we were in the company of our dear friends Peter and Kimberly Kaestner. Peter is one of the world's best birders, and he helped us find life birds by the dozen. Like this Shikra:
Peter did not just point out the birds and let us quietly tick them off, however. He made us work for them - watching the birds closely and trying to identify them ourselves, using field marks, range guides and so on. He made us try to learn the birds.
Much more to post soon. We're off this evening to Bharatpur, one of India's premier birding spots. And then to the Taj!
Here's a very common bird in much of the country, Indian Roller: