Take a quick glance at the picture below. Do you see more than twigs, dried grass and dried branches of trees?

This is the flooring  of a dry deciduous forest in the scorching heat of an Indian Summer.

Is it an Optical Illusion or a TRICK OF NATURE ?

                                                               Impressive Camouflage

A slight rustle as the dry twigs rub against each other and who do we see? None other than this lonely but plump  Partridge (  that is what is was called 25 or 30  years ago) till it was rechristened as THE GREY FRANCOLIN ( Francolinus pondicerianus) .

Fortunately it is still called Teetar in Hindi.

Aage Teetar
                                                                         Aage Teetar

From the spurs I  guess this Francolin or Teetar is a SHE.

Do see the incredible camouflage laid out by Nature for this Lady . There are  discernible shades of brown of the soil around much like the colours of the Francolin.

The twigs are laid out like the bars on its back making this bird virtually INVISIBLE

Peeche Teetar
                                                                             Peeche Teetar

The captions in the pictures above  are from a famous  classical BOLLYWOOD song of the 1960s  based on this innocuous bird THE TEETAR.

                                                                 Side Profile ( beech mein teetar) 

I took these picture in a forest while tracking and awaiting a  Tiger to emerge from the grasslands and walk to the Lake for a drink.

I must confess I have been party to many hunts of this bird and even devoured them 30 years ago.

In the Enchanting Forests every rustle , every  movement of a leaf  tells a magical tale.


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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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