All forests are enchanting. Each has a special spell that will envelope you.

Early mornings are however the best time to go for  safaris as that’s when many secrets of the enchanted forests are revealed.

You need to be very quiet and extremely  alert  to catch the slight rustle of feathers, movement of the leaves and hear each living organism play its part,

Do you spot the movement in this Palash tree ( Flame of the Forest: Butea Monosperma )

a slight movement and the veil drops
a slight movement and the veil drops

Alerted by the movement and a glimpse behind the tree, I was all alert and lo and behold, the first rays of the sun unveiled this beautiful secret .

the first glimpse unveils a flameback
the first glimpse unveils a flameback

A closer look and the ornithologists with me identify it as the Flameback or Goldenback Wood Pecker.

looking for the worms
looking for the worms

While we are busy discussing its identity , the now christened Flameback Woodpecker( Dinopium javanense)   is busy moving around the tree hunting for its breakfast.

Do observe the gorgeous red crown and the golden back or flameback.

The flameback in all its glory
The flameback in all its glory

Another turn and we get this lovely profile of this early bird getting its worms. Poor worms, no one ever thinks of them.

Be amazed as I sign off. Keep reading as many more secrets tumble out of the Enchanted Forests of India.

perfect profile
perfect profile

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.


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