Foresting – Birding at Phillaur – Part 2
February was not quite a successful one but I explored many new places which later on proved out to be gifting.
This month birding began on 9th with a visit to the nearby cultivations. I saw only some common species like the Spotted Owlet, Red-naped Ibis and White-tailed Stonechat. But, I could not manage any good photograph.
Ever since, I started photographing birds, I had always wanted to photograph a Eurasian Collared Dove. That opportunity came on a morning on 13th when an individual decided to rest on an Indian Gooseberry (Amla) tree at my home. I rushed inside, took out the camera and took hundreds of shots, experimenting, but the bird didn’t flew away.
When I was satisfied with what I got, I switched the camera off and went inside but the bird didn’t flew until evening.
A few days later, on 16th, I again went to the forest near my home. As always, I was greeted by the loud calls of a Lesser Flameback. I took a couple of shots and left the bird alone. This time I decided to hunt the adjoining forest where one can find hundreds of Flying Foxes, year round.
At first, I heard calls of Hume’s Leaf Warblers, Greenish Warblers and Ashy Prinias. I could not find the Greenish Warbler but I found the Hume’s Leaf Warbler and the Ashy Prinia soon.
I noticed an injured Asian Koel male sitting very close to me. I took one or two shots and left the bird alone by himself. This ended my Feb-foresting for some time.
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