If you read the previous Blogs “CURSED YET ENCHANTING RIVER” and “COUPLED FOR LIFE” you will appreciate how Trees hang onto the Rocky Ravines of the Chambal River Basin in Rajasthan, India.

There you have it, the mystery has been unveiled, it is the cursed Chambal River which Flows from Madhya Pradesh through Rajasthan into the River Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh.

You can just about discern the Rocky Crags in the background to which this lovely Tree holds onto for Survival.

tree with pied KF
Spot the Patient Angler

The Indian Pied Kingfisher ( English) , Chitkabra kilkila  (Hindi),  Ceryle rudis ( Scientific Name) is an unusual and Beautiful Bird seen near clear water bodies in  India.

They Inhabit or are native to a vast territory stretching from Turkey to China but are usually resident and do not migrate  like the Demoiselle Cranes ( do check out my blogs  THE WINTER GUESTS and THE FEAST)

looking with care
Holding on

This close up of the Plummage on the Chest reveals the Lovely Salt and Pepper Robes belongs to a Lady Angler.

If She was a He, there would have been a black band across the Chest instead of the two Blobs separated by White.

The local name in Hindi Chitkabra is a lovely means of describing the Black and White feathers of this Kingfisher which Hovers above the water before it swoops down on Fish.

on a post
Gorgeous Plummage

The Long and Pointed Beak are extremely suitable for swooping up Fish from the pristine and clear waters of the River Chambal where I spotted this Lady Kingfisher with a Salt and Pepper Crest.

pied chest of KF
Basking in the Sun or on the Lookout ?

Making a wonderful perch at the end of a Twig, it tenuously clasps onto the end of the Branch while keeping a keen look out for Prey in the clear waters of the River Chambal in Rajasthan.

Is it not Enchanting that a Large River like the Chambal flows through the desert state of Rajasthan in India ? 

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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.

24 thoughts on “SALT and PEPPER”

      1. Yes, the belted kingfishers I’ve observed seem to move quite frequently. Many times they don’t sit at all: choosing to hunt by hovering above the water until an opportunity presents itself. Perhaps the massive industrialization and occasionally harsh winters in my area mean they have to work harder to find fish.

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  1. What a beautiful bird… yes I know them, I haven’t seen in here, and with my own eyes but I know from the photographs,
    This is amazing place “Kırmıtlı Kuş Cenneti” Kırmıtlı bird heaven… in Osmaniye (in the southeast part of my country.

    This place is one the way of migrant birds, how I wish to travel there.

    Your photographs are so beautiful and these birds so lovely and how colourful… I loved the expression salt and pepper 🙂 Creature is an amazing artist, especially with birds did a great art work, fascinate me all these birds. By the way most of the beautiful birds coming from your land dear Mukul, Thank you, I almost did amazing voyage between countries and between birds now…

    Love, nia

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  2. Firstly thank you for taking the time to read my post and for your encouraging words. You have a very interesting topic on your blog. Simple and informative.I know of several friends who are avid bird enthusiasts as well and I shall direct them to your page.Looking forward to future posts.:-)

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