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Comment: Silhouette of the Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo against a murky sky. Each bird in its own mood. @ Periyar National Park, Thekkady.
indian_koel_female_002 * Female indian koel on the cherry tree. eudynamys scolopacea.  member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. The female is brownish above and whitish below, heavily striped and spotted brown on the underparts and white on the upperparts. She has an olive or green beak and red eyes. The male is greenish-black, with a pale green bill and red eyes. @ home, Kottayam, Kerala

indian_koel_female_003 * Female indian koel on the cherry tree. eudynamys scolopacea. . @ home, Kottayam, Kerala

indian_koel_female_004 * Female indian koel eating cherries. eudynamys scolopacea. . @ home, Kottayam, Kerala

indian_koel_male_001 * elegant. i like this picture though it is blurred as the bird is on flight. male indian koel. eudynamys scolopacea.  member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. The male is greenish-black, with a pale green bill and red eyes. The female is brownish above and whitish below, but is heavily striped and spotted brown on the underparts and white on the upperparts. She has an olive or green beak and red eyes. This is a noisy species, with a persistent and loud ko-el ko-el call as well as other gurgles and screams.  @ home, kerala

indian_koel_female_001 * female indian koel waiting for its turn for papaya. eudynamys scolopacea.  member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. The male is greenish-black, with a pale green bill and red eyes. The female is brownish above and whitish below, but is heavily striped and spotted brown on the underparts and white on the upperparts. She has an olive or green beak and red eyes. This is a noisy species, with a persistent and loud ko-el ko-el call as well as other gurgles and screams.  @ home, kerala

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great_cormorant_thekkady_002 * Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo. @ Periyar National Park, Thekkady.

great_cormorant_thekkady_003 * Orchestrated nest building. Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo parents in a coordinated effort to build their nest.

great_cormorant_thekkady_004 * Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo nest building

ceylon_frogmouth_thattekkad_001 * Ceylon Frogmouth, Batrachostomus moniliger, also known as Sri Lanka Frogmouth at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad. They are nocturnal in nature, and are found in the Western Ghats of India and in Sri Lanka. Their elusive nature kept their existence under the veil of the dense tropical forests for a long time until Dr. Salim Ali found it at the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (which has since been named after him) in circa 1930. Later it was rediscovered in circa 1990 by ornithologist K. V. Eldhose, at the same sanctuary. Its occurrence, ethology, nesting, etc. have been documented since. The bird is still elusive, due to its adherence to roosting on surroundings with dried leaves which resembles its color tone and camouflages it well. 

My first sighting of the Frogmouth was in December 1999, when the nature group Warblers & Waders organized a bird survey at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad and the near by regions including Bhoothathankettu. The first night we listened to the exchange of the distinctive calls between the male and the female (which could be easily recorded and mimicked) and we saw one of them at a different location later.

The pictured one here is my second sighting, along with Sarah, in September 2007. The location is adjacent to the watch tower inside the sanctuary.

ceylon_frogmouth_thattekkad_002 * Ceylon Frogmouth, Batrachostomus moniliger in its camouflaging environment.

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