Tuesday, March 10, 2009

India adventure

Lisa and I are halfway through our India adventure. We've only seen a small slice of the country and already are overwhelmed by the contrasts, the culture, the sights, the people ... and of course the wildlife.

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:


Philip said...

Nice to see the leopard where was this taken in India I didnt know they had them there

Dawn Fine said...

What a wonderful adventure you are both having...such exotic looking birds.
Have fun.

Louis and Vencka said...

Sounds like you two are having a wonderful adventure! We are looking forward to more amazing pitures and stories.

L & V

sandy said...

I can't wait to see more. I love photos of anywhere in India. Great bird shot. I'm short on time but I'll be back to catch up and see more.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Philip: These shots were taken in Kanha National Park, a tiger reserve in central India, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. They definitely do have leopards in India. We are told they kill 100 people a year in rural India - can't verify that.