After a hectic journey our team reached to Valparai, TN.  It is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anaimalai Hills range of the Western Ghats. We started feeling the coldness as we went top. Thanks to Kannan Sir for routing us till top. I liked the way Tamilnadu Government has worked for the endemic and endangered species of Western ghats. I am adding some of our spotting. It was overall a fun journey. Only thing that hurt me is the toll on the roads which creeps up to 2000/-  .

Our first spotting was Nilgiri Tahrs, an endangered specie. We didn’t shot this beautiful creature as there was no place to stop the car. Soon, we have our beautiful spotting of  Lion-tailed macaque. A beautiful endangered specie and endemic to Western Ghats. Excellent effort by TN Government to save it. Crossing for Macaque has been made, staff standing on road, stopping the vehicles which are going fast. Valparai claims 130 of this awesome creature.

Lion Tailed Macque - Valparai

Lion Tailed Macaque – Valparai

Guy showing the board for the safety of Lion Tailed macaque - Valparai

Guy showing the board for the safety of Lion Tailed macaque – Valparai

Lion Tailed Macque - Pair.  Picture depicts tail like lion - Valparai

Lion Tailed Macque – Pair. Picture depicts tail like lion – Valparai

Moving forward we have seen a tree full of Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and a pair of Emerald Dove.

Emerald Dove - Valparai

Emerald Dove – Valparai

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch - Valparai

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch – Valparai

Soon we have encountered the beautiful raptors – Crested Goshawk and Crested Serpent Eagle.

Crested Serpent Eagle - Valparai

Crested Serpent Eagle – Valparai

Crested Goshawk - Valparai

Crested Goshawk – Valparai

Pied Thrush Female

Pied Thrush Female

Jungle palm squirrel

Jungle palm squirrel

Orange Headed Thrush

Orange Headed Thrush

Malabar Hornbill

Malabar Hornbill

Golden Fronted Leafbird - Female

Golden Fronted Leafbird – Female

Common Hawk-Cuckoo

Common Hawk-Cuckoo

Chestnut Bee Eater

Chestnut Bee Eater

Bar Winged Flycatcher

Bar Winged Flycatcher

Malabar Gaint Squarrel

Malabar Gaint Squirrel

Our birding group - Puneeth, Chandu, Deepu, Kriti and Varalakshmi

Our birding group – Puneeth, Chandu, Deepu, Kriti and Varalakshmi

Vernal Hanging Parrot

Vernal Hanging Parrot

Tickells Leaf Warbler

Tickells Leaf Warbler

Southern Hill Myna

Southern Hill Myna

Scimitar Babbler

Scimitar Babbler

Scimitar Babbler - Side view

Scimitar Babbler – Side view

Pygmy Woodpecker

Pygmy Woodpecker

Bison or India Gaur in Tea Plantation

Bison or India Gaur in Tea Plantation

Blue Capped Rock Thrush - Male

Blue Capped Rock Thrush – Male

Nilgiri Langur

Nilgiri Langur

Peahen - Female Peafowl

Peahen – Female Peafowl

Plum Headed Parakeet Male

Plum Headed Parakeet Male

Plum Headed Parakeet Female

Plum Headed Parakeet Female