Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, India - Dec 2011

male Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Back to the trip..... from Kumily and Periyar, we headed north through the lush, varied greens of the Keralan forest, weaving north through the Ghats until we reached Thattekad Bird Sanctuary five hours later (formerly the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, after the great man's pioneering studies here many years ago).

rolling up at the homestay, with a typically warm welcome from Sudah

After searching for a suitable place to stay at Thattekad, we were resigned to having to fork out whitey tourist prices for accommodation several kilometres outside the reserve (the accepted situation here) - far from ideal, but seemingly the only choice. Until, that is, the internet provided once again, and like a vision, Junglebird Homestay appeared before us.....


A perfect place located within the reserve, occupied by four generations of the same lovely family, surrounded by great habitat (and great birding), with delicious home-cooked food, and hosts who know the birds and the sanctuary better than anyone. A revelation.

Rufous Treepie vs. Chameleon on the homestay roof

Malabar Woodshrike

Typically, we made the most of our good fortune and ended up spending over a week here - an amazing place, and plenty more to follow.

Plum-headed Parakeet

Brown-breasted Flycatcher


Verditer Flycatchers


Indian Pitta

Booted Eagle

male Malabar Grey Hornbill