Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcolmi) : Fresh after a morning bath   Leave a comment

Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcolmi) : Fresh after a morning bath

Jaimangali Blackbuck Reserve was high on my bucket list. After all it is the grassland reserve that is closest to Bangalore. I started early – 3:30 AM is indeed early. The plan was to travel the 125 km as fast as I could and reach the reserve right on time to enjoy the golden light. Grasslands in golden light have a charm of their own and I didn’t want to miss it.

My target was to photograph the blackbucks in golden light but this Babbler was what I encountered first. The perch was good, the light favourable and the babbler was busy preening itself so out came my camera. The blackbucks had to wait for their turn.

The large grey babblers are found through out India and are one of the largest babblers in the region. They are easily distinguished by their nasal calls and their whitish outer tail feathers (not visible in this picture).

Though it is a pretty common bird, this was the first time that I photographed one and sometimes these common birds end up giving you a high. I guess it is the magic of the golden light and eye level perch. Will follow up with the rest of the pictures soon.

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