Sunday, September 29, 2013

Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch

Spotted this Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch ( Sitta frontalis Swainson), when my wife and I were bird-watching at Coorg, during our holiday. The gaping hole in the tree had fascinated me, and I kept watching it for some time. Lo behold a while later the bird appeared from behind the tree, walking like a "spider-man" .

The Nuthatch scuttles jerkily up and down the trees and branches, with amazing agility, hunting for spiders, grubs and insects, holed up in the crevices of tree trunks. 

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