After 5 days of continuous rain and two times cancellation of plan, finally … finally we were moving to Nandi Hills. Thanks to Anand and Kannan who decided to take us in their cars and to Deepa for making plan. At first glance, there were 9-10 people but some of us got dropped out and we left with 7. Nevertheless we reached to Nandi Hills. It was too dark for camera to work properly. Different people have different opinion in low light. Some go for smooth little blurry image with low ISO and low Shutter Speed whereas I prefer a sharp picture regardless of noise. So, I prefer a high ISO and a high shutter speed.

Some of the great sighting of the day was Egyptian Vulture – endangered species and my first vulture of photographic life(which is off course a small period).Β  These species are so graceful in flight that many of us put the camera down and said woww by naked eyes.

Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture - Endangered Species

Egyptian Vulture - In Flight

Egyptian Vulture - In Flight

Canary flycatcher rather Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher – I heard this name first time on the bird race day which was “bird of the day” for bird race. Barely any size(around 8cm) this bird is a beauty in small birds.

Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher

Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher - Small Beauty

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While watching the beauty of Canary Flycatcher, Deepa sighted a silent killer at the backside. O, a silent killer (Brahminy kite) enjoying its prey with a red blooded mouth.

Brahminy Kite with prey

Brahminy Kite with prey

Barely at any distance, we spotted out singing bird “Tickells Blue Flycatcher”, a lovely bird with a lovely voice. She was happy on us and told take as many pictures as you want.

Tickells Blue Flycatcher

Tickells Blue Flycatcher - Singing Beauty

A highly dense jungle and surprises were always for us. A sighting of Orange-headed Thrush made the day more exciting. A beautiful artistic work at the eye.

Orange Headed Thrush

Orange Headed Thrush

Deepa promised us for Blue Rock Thrush as well. While searching hard for that, we got another beauty. Though still confused with its ID, we are hoping it to be a scaly Thrush. Black and Orange color blended on the body as symmetrical as nature did it from its own hand.

Scaly Thrush ?

Female Grey-bellied Cuckoo (Thanks to Shreeram)

Alright, story is not over. A sight of a mysterious bird, when we watch a crow, yes a crow, with white feather. Instant reaction was that we all watched it or not. Yes, all can’t be drunk. A crow with a white feather… is it possible ? Sorry the view was so mysterious that we can’t able to lift our camera.

Pouring our happiness with 40-45 varieties of bird, it was awesomely satisfactory day. Enjoying birds to playing at their habitat are so relaxing. Tailorbird trying to pull out cotton for her nest, Ashy Prinia making loud call to her partner. Puff-throated Babbler hooping on the grass land.

Common Tailorbird struggling for nest

Common Tailorbird struggling for nest

Puff throated Babbler

Puff throated Babbler

Jerdon's bushlark

Olive-backed Pipit(thanks to Shreeram)