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Old 26th April 2011, 11:37   #1
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Default Mowglis Playground - The lesser known inhabitants

I was in Pench during the Good Friday weekend (Wednesday - Friday) and had a wonderful time. Abheek was there with us for 2 safaris and I had made up my mind not to start yet another travelogue on the same. Hence we discussed about starting a different kind of photologue.

It had been months that we were planning on doing this trip and all of us troubled Abheek a lot to plan things out and I must add that we continued troubling him during our stay as well Thanks Abheek for all the patience shown and for the wonderful time we had.

I must also add that our hosts, Kiplings Court was at its best and we became plumper in their hospitality. They have a very good cook and a lovely service force who made sure that we were comfortable and well fed at all times. I recommend this place to anyone going to Pench. It also offers a Machan over the Baghin Nala so next time I am going to carry a powerful torch and will be sitting through the night there to try my luck with the Baghin Nala Tigress!

I am not going to narrate anything here but just post pictures of some of the most beautiful inhabitants of Pench. These pictures are from my camera and a friends camera (Kapil). Whenever I post Kapil's pictures I will mention the same there and credit should go to him.

Abheek will also post pictures from his collection as we go along.

Maybe towards the end of the travelogue I will add some animal photos or else I will add them to Abheek ongoing log.

Before I start here is a list of animals and birds that we spotted during our stay at Pench.

Animals:
1) Tigers – Collarwali and cubs
2) Jackal
3) Dholes
4) Sambhar
5) Spotted Deer (Chital)
6) Blue Bull (Nilgai)
7) Mongoose
8) Monitor Lizard
9) Wild Boars
10) Langurs
11) Rhesus Macaques
12) Gaur
13) Flying Squirrel (in flight!)

Birds:
1) Shikra
2) Brahminy Starling
3) Stone Curlew
4) Red Wattled Lapwing
5) Spotted Dove
6) Jungle Babblers
7) Plum Headed Parakeet
8) Rose Ringed Parakeet
9) White throated Kingfisher
10) Indian Treepies
11) Greater Coucal (Bharadwaj)
12) Indian Roller or Blue Jay (Neelkanth)
13) Indian Grey Hornbil
14) Malabar Hornbil
15) Common Golden Back Woodpecker
16) Pied Woodpecker
17) Greater Racquet tailed Drongo
18) Black Drongo
19) Mottled Wood Owl
20) Jungle Owlet
21) Eurasian Scops Owl
22) White Eyed Buzzard
23) Changeable Hawk Eagle
24) Bonelli’s Eagle – Still under speculation
25) Painted Stork
26) Black-headed Ibis
27) Wooly Necked Stork
28) Open Billed Stork
29) Sandpiper
30) Magpie Robin
31) Green Pigeon
32) Fantail Pigeon
33) River Tern
34) Yellow Billed Egret
35) Barbets – Most probably the Brown headed variety
36) Cormorant
37) Darter
38) Lark
39) Shrike
40) Black Headed Oriole
41) Golden Oriole
42) Myna
43) Vultures
44) Peacocks
45) Indian Cuckoo (Koyel)
46) Sunbird
47) Little Grebe
48) Grey Heron
49) Pond Heron
50) Spotted Billed Ducks

And here are a few snaps to start the thread. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did clicking them.

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Changeable Hawk Eagle attacks Parakeets Nest (Courtesy Kapil)
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The team at Pench
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Also if anyone has pictures of birds from Pench and think is worthy of this thread please do post the same. Thanks.

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Old 26th April 2011, 12:33   #2
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Thats a long list of birds. Even if were to spot them i would'ne be able to name so many.
Dr.Abheek has indeed been sensation in promoting Pench and wildlife.
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Old 26th April 2011, 15:15   #3
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Thanks Mohsin. It was a collective effort of getting this list together. And a lot of them were photographic evidence as well as the birding book

So lets start with the photologue...

Bee-eater
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Black-headed Ibis
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Juvenile in habitat
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Brahminy Starling
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Indian Cuckoo (Koel)
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Black Drongo
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Someone help me with this insect's name
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Doesnt look like anyone is interested in the lesser mortals of Pench and everyone seems to be just jumping on the Tiger-wagon!
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Old 26th April 2011, 15:23   #4
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.......all of us troubled Abheek a lot to plan things out and I must add that we continued troubling him during our stay as well Thanks Abheek for all the patience shown and for the wonderful time we had..........
You guys hardly troubled me. I had a great time with all of you.

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Also if anyone has pictures of birds from Pench and think is worthy of this thread please do post the same. Thanks.
Let this be a thread showcasing the birds of this park.

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Thats a long list of birds. Even if were to spot them i would'ne be able to name so many.
Dr.Abheek has indeed been sensation in promoting Pench and wildlife.
Thanks Mohsin. Its about time you visited


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Let me start by posting one from our experiments with light at night.

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Old 26th April 2011, 15:31   #5
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@Abheek: Thanks for the photo. Please do send the originals over email.

Time for Name the bird contest. This should be fairly easy. The tougher one will come soon

Lets see who identifies this one first.

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Also, please note that Kapil and I did our best to take the birds with the equipment we had (Kapil 100-400mm & me with 75-300mm). Would have loved to have a 500 mm!

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Excellent thread, I am glued. Don't worry the time is not far when the tigercentric people will start appreciating the complete forest, nature, wildlife.

Dr. Abheek is doing great work, A request, sir please post a lot of images and information about forest life, that should help
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great pics! With regards to the contest... Is that a Shikra? :-)
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Time for Name the bird contest. This should be fairly easy. The tougher one will come soon

Lets see who identifies this one first.
It looks like the Oriental Honey Buzzard to my eye!
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Carry on... Enjoying. Great pictures of the flying variety. And boy, is that a list of birds? You saw all of them? Awesome.

And Abheek loves to be troubled by folks like us. Excellent host and company.
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great pics! With regards to the contest... Is that a Shikra? :-)
Nope thats not a Shikra. I will posting pics of the Shikra soon.

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It looks like the Oriental Honey Buzzard to my eye!
You are right. I also think its a Oriental Honey Buzzard until and unless someone else says otherwise.
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Egret
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Common Golden Back Woodpecker (Both Woodpecker shots courtesy Kapil Vardhan)
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Woodpecker in-flight
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Pied Woodpecker (Spot the bird! )
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Grey Hornbil
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Indian Roller or Blue Jay (Neelkanth) on a rainy morning
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on a dry hot afternoon
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Superb pictures of the birds,thats a long list of sightings u have had. Looking forward to the rest of the log.
My son pointed out the woodpecker in a moment.
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Very nice pictures.

I really appreciate taking pains to catalogue the birds. With the kind of experience you and GD had with Ghoshda, we need to book him well in advance. Wonderful guys, keep posting the story. We are waiting!
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Superb pictures of the birds,thats a long list of sightings u have had. Looking forward to the rest of the log.
My son pointed out the woodpecker in a moment.
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Rated Five stars for portraying excellent biodiversity.

Malabar Pied hornbills from my end:

Locking males:
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Just before the breeding season, when flocks of hornbills congregate to feed, two males randomly lock their beaks for a split second in mid-air, during their flight. They neither exchange food material nor do they fight. Scientific papers describe this behaviour as 'Billing'. These two birds were seen flying one above the other when they suddenly changed their stance, twisted and locked their beaks before they flew off again. The entire drama did not last for more than a second.

Taking flight
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A bit of wiki on this bird :


The Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) is a hornbill. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.

The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Borneo. Its habitat is open woodland and cultivation, often close to habitation.

During incubation, the female lays two or three white eggs in a tree hole, which is blocked off with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks.

When the chicks and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out and rebuilds the wall, then both parents feed the chicks.

The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a large hornbill, at 65 cm in length. It has mainly black plumage apart from its white belly, throat patch, tail sides and trailing edge to the wings. The bill is yellow with a large, mainly black casque. Sexes are similar, but immatures have a smaller casque.

This species is omnivorous, taking fruit, fish and small mammals. Figs form an important part of their diet and contribute to 60% of their diet from May to February, the non-breeding season and during breeding (March to April) up to 75% of the fruits delivered at the nest were figs. They also feed on other fruits including those of the Strychnos nux-vomica that are known to be toxic to many vertebrates.
In central India, tribals believed that hanging a skull of the hornbill (known as dhanchidiya) brought wealth.

Dr. A Ghosh

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