This is a blog where you can glimpse three memorable locations through the eyes of our Feathered Friends.
This post is the merger of Three Rivers, three locations, three Birds , Three festivals & the Hunt for Food.
The picture below of a House Crow is from the Banks of The River Kaveri at the Sree Nimishimbha Temple near Srirangapatnam, Karnataka. ( an earlier blog titled Naturally Magnificent reveals more on the location).
I was here during the Navratra festivities and it was with similar rice the Crow eyes in the picture below that I broke my Nine day fast.
The Bird Festival ( an earlier post is also titled Bird Festival, please do look it up) was held in the Chambal River Sanctuary at a time when a thick fog had encapsulated the region.( see the picture below)
Brave Cormorants hunt for fish competing with the Gharials which inhabit this part of the Chambal River. ( do read previous blogs on the river)
The featured image was taken from the vicinity of the Assi ghat at Kashi on the banks of the river Ganges during the Deep Diwali festival.( do read a post on THE SUPERMOON and this lovely festival)
The Heron is sitting on a thick Rope to which the Boat is tethered in the quest for breakfast . I spotted this lovely sight as the Rising Sun turned the Ganges Crimson on the morning of THE INVOLUNTARY DIP at KASHI.( do read an earlier post so titled)
Is it not fascinating and Enchanting how these wonderful locations are tied up with Birds taking centre stage.
The Rooster or Cock is a Male Chicken ( Scientific name Gallus domesticus) .
The pictures above and that follow are of a particularly Colourful Rooster spotted in the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India.
If you seethe previous post titled “BRAZILIAN FLAME” and compare the flower part covering the stamens to the CockSpurs in the picture below you will realize why the tree is also called The Cockspur Coral Tree.
The Bedecked Rooster seems to be looking for Wild Strawberries which were growing in abundance in the midst of these Wild Himalayan Daisies. ( can you spot the tiny wild strawberry in the picture below ?)
The Lower level Himalayas ( this picture is at about 2000 metres) support a vast range of Unique Flora.
Observe the Gorgeous Headgear called CockComb which is in a colour similar to the flowers of THE CRYBABY TREE.( see the previous post titled Brazilian Flame please to connect).
The Rooster in deep meditation ( it is a Monastery after all) is hardly affected by the clicking of the Camera.
Nature Enchants everywhere, all we need do is Look.
Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim, a tiny but beautiful Himalayan state in North East India.
The pictures that follow were taken from a point near Tibet Cafe in Gangtok,Sikkim.
The wondrous ways of Nature are revealed in miraculous ways. I am always wonder-struck by the various spells of Nature.
Read on to see how the thread unraveled to lead me to discover the wonderous Rufous coloured Pigeon in the Feature Image.
While looking for Tibet Cafe I happened to spot this Lovely Church which was wrapped in bundles of White Cotton Wool like Clouds.
The Church led me to an extremely Vibrant and Extraordinarily Coloured School which was located right next to a Rare Church in a land of Monasteries and Stupas. ( you can see the vibrant hues peeping through in the picture above).
Gangtok is located at a height of about 6000 feet ( 2000 metres) in the Himalayas and it can get rather Chilly during the Summer Months as well. See how the Pigeons are huddled up on the Water Pipe in the picture below.
Lest you Forget the thread, I summarize: it was the Tibet Cafe to the Church to the Extraordinary Colours of the School and then finally to the Rust Pigeon.
Lady Luck was indeed benevolent as an Extraordinary Rust Coloured Pigeon decided to take flight directly in front of the Camera as I was taking pictures of the Gothic Windows of the School.
The Rust Coloured Pigeon was nearly at Eye level when I took this picture. It is not often you can photograph birds at Eye level.
Grand in Flight
Rock Pigeons are often seen in shades of Grey, sometimes in White, however Rust was indeed Extraordinary .
The Eastern Great Egret ( English), Bagula( Hindi), Ardea alba modesta ( Scientific Name) is the Ultimate in Patience.
Am sharing pictures of this Large Gorgeous All in White Bird spotted along the Banks and Rocky Canyons of the Chambal River ( Do read previous posts titled RIVER CURSED YET ENCHANTED, OVER THE CLIFF, EGYPTIAN ROOST etc to know more about the region )
The Large Egret and a bottle of beer. Do observe the Colour of the Beak is Black as opposed to Yellow in the pictures above.
The Chambal River Basin is unusual and host to numerous Unique species of Flora and Fauna. ( do check out previous posts titled CURSED YET ENCHANTED RIVER and GREAT CANYONS OF INDIA )
The Blue-Eyed Indian Cormorant ( English) , Pan Kowwa ( Hindi), Phalacrocorax fuscicollis ( Scientific name) resides in large colonies as can be seen in the picture below.
Indian Cormorants can easily be confused with Lesser Cormorants , however the key distinguishing factor are their Blue Eyes.
Indian Cormorants inhabit Inland water bodies like the Chambal River below, unlike the Greater Cormorants which are primarily seen on the Coasts of Oceans .
The picture below shows up the difficulties faced by amateurs like me in Identifying Birds. The Juveniles vary to the adults as does the Breeding Plummage.
The key characteristics of the Little Cormorant( English), Microcarbo niger ( Scientific name) are exhibited by the Cormorant on the Left. It has black eyes and a brownish plumage and No Yellow Gular.( part near base of lower beak )
The Sun lights up the Rocky habitat of the Indian Shag or Indian Cormorant . They flight past the Rocky Ravines in search of Fish or a Mate.
The Indian Cormorants have no Oil Glands to waterproof their Feathers , unlike Ducks and thus stretch out their wings to Sun Dry them. ( do see the featured Image)
Am sorry to have made this post so lengthy, however was fascinated by numerous features of this bird called “Sea Crow” by scientists and ” Paan Crow “ by natives in India as well. Enchanting is it not?
The River Chambal, flowing through three states of Northern India, forms a Unique Landscape of Rocky Cliffs in the Heart of India .
Mythological Stories of a Curse on the only Permanent River of Rajasthan have ensured the preservation of various Fauna in this pristine River.Unlike most Rivers in India, the Chambal is not worshipped.
Unique Rocky Ravines or Cliffs along the Banks of the Cursed River provide a Safe Haven for The Indian Vulture or Long Billed Vulture,.
Spot the Nest in the picture below.
The Gyps indicus ( Scientific Name) is called Giddh in Hindi and is a Scavenger feeding on carcasses of dead animals. The often shunned Bird thus plays a vital role as an Environmental Cleanser.
A pair of Indian Vultures nests precariously on a small outcrop or Rocky Ledge.
Unfortunately indiscriminate use of Chemicals have literally driven this Species Over the Cliff and the Gyps indicus is today on the Verge of Extinction.
The Dripping White Coating you see is actually the Poop of this Environmentally Vital Bird. It is difficult to discern between the Male and Female of the Bald Headed Indian Vultures, however I guess the Lady is seated in the Featured Image and the picture below .
Nature spreads her charms all over the country , all you need to do is Look and be slightly Lucky to be Enchanted.
The Ravines of the Chambal Ravine in North-Central India are home to much more than fabulous Rocky Gorges.
See the Lofty Homes of The Egyptian Vulture (English), Neophron percnopterus( Scientific Nme) in Rocky Caves as I Zoom out from a Close Up of these Large Endangered Birds to the Pristine waters of the Chambal River flowing below.
Keeping a sharp Watch at the mysterious Cameraman showing undue Interest in the “Flintstone like Home” of the White Scavenger.
Difficult for Predators to approach the Homes of The White Scavenger Vultures.
The Unique Gorges of the River Chambal are home to many Vultures some of which are not only Endangered but Critical on the verge of Extinction.
As you stay Enchanted, I bid goodnight with a promise to return with more Details tomorrow.
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 cursedChambal River which Flows from Madhya Pradesh through Rajasthan into the RiverYamuna in Uttar Pradesh.
You can just about discern the Rocky Crags in the background to which this lovely Tree holds onto for Survival.
The IndianPied 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)
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.
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.
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 ?