Birding among tea gardens in Munnar

While staying at the Club Mahindra resorts, Munnar for a family vacation during Oct we did some birding in and around the property. The location was among tea gardens and had a lovely view

Most of the birding was during morning walks. The first one was an Indian Yellow Tit just outside of our balcony

A while later a Vernal hanging parrot dropping it's food... oops !!

The first lifer was a Hill Swallow ( Hirundo (tahitica) Domicola) again similar to the Pacific swallow found only in the Nilgiri belt and Sri Lanka

A juvenile Blue rock thrush female ( ID To be confirmed)

and another lifer, the Nilgiri Flowerpecker!! It is now treated as a separate species than Plain flower pecker

While we went for a day long trip to Chinnar wildlife sanctuary the timing as well as the availability of wildlife was a disappointment. We just spotted a wild elephant and a  Grey-backed shrike.

Good to see a few lifers. Not an exhaustive birding trip though I understand that Munnar has good potential.


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