Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dark Fronted Babbler

This bird is a Western Ghats speciality and another example of how unique India's western Ghats are.  The Dark Fronted Babbler ( Rhopocichla atriceps ) may have a very dull brown plumage, but it has strikingly yellow eyes. Being noisy birds, they are quite easy to locate, but their brisk movements make them a challenge to photograph. I had quietly perched myself near the Babblers favourite bath spot. It was fun to watch them take bath,  followed by a drying routine and then dunking back into the water for a second session of spa. The bird used such force to shake itself dry, that water sprayed on me, nearly ten meters away !!  Photographed at Ganeshgudi, Karnataka. 

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