Thursday, March 12, 2009

Painted Stork love

Our good buddy Dan Haas has been posting some beautiful pictures of Peregrine Falcons in an, uh, romantic mood. In that spirit, and with spring nearly upon us, we offer up this picture of Painted Storks who were necking and clicking their bills together - bird smooching? - as we strolled by in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Bharatpur was amazing, a true avian haven (heaven...?) The sanctuary has a potential species list of over 400, and we saw some really cool birds like Steppe Eagle and Sarus Crane. So far, unofficially, we've nabbed 166 species of birds in our time in India. Saw the Taj Mahal yesterday. Words don't suffice for how cool that was. Spending a last day in Dehli before heading home very early Saturday.
Big HIs to all our blogging buddies!!!
MANY more pictures to come. Here's a Eurasian Spoonbill:


Amy said...

I can't wait to see more! I think you were lucky with the water in Bharatpur - I read it was a good year after several seasons of drought. Did you get to celebrate Holi with the locals?

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

We ddi celebrate Kholi (spelling?) and got our faces painted! What a lovely holiday.

We heard the same about Bharatpur. apparently the government has been diverting water to the local farmers. But there was decent water during our visit - although you could see large swaths that were still dry. But the birds have come back big time!!!

Dawn Fine said...

I am in love with the painted storks.
great photo..
sounds like you are having a great time.

Albert said...

Good stuff.

Nervous Birds said...

One word: envy.

I can't wait to see, hear, learn all about your adventures.


sandy said...

Can't wait to see more pics from India. These are great.

Kathie Brown said...

Love that first photo. It would make a fun painting!