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Greater Hoopoe Lark - A dream bird for any birder! This bird is found in the driest areas of the Rann of Kutch, farther out into the dry desert than any other bird. With its long legs and beak, it has a really striking appearance.
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A Grey Francolin in golden evening light at Tal Chapar WIldlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan
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A young Montagu's Harrier comes down to a water-hole in the grasslands of Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan to quench its thirst at the end of a long day.

Harriers have a unique behaviour among the raptors. They glide low over the grasslands or open scrub (sometimes marshes and wetlands too) scanning for prey. When they chance upon their next meal, they swoop down quickly for the kill.
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Glowing Gold in the evening sun. A young Red-headed Bunting seems to be contemplating in the agricultural field near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi, where it has migrated to spend the winter.

In winters, India comes alive with the myriad hues of the migrating birds. They are everywhere - rivers, lakes, forests, agricultural fields, even our cities! Have you noticed any migrating birds around you in the past few weeks?
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A Common Kestrel posing on a grass stack at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan. Over the past week, we came across many of these small migrant falcons that had just arrived for the winter. Sometimes, in groups of 5-6 birds perched close by.

Kestrels have a unique behaviour among the falcons. When they spot a potential prey, they hover at the same place above the prey to zoom in on the exact location before diving down for the kill.
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A Laggar Falcon poses against the setting sun in the grasslands of Tal Chapar
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I was birding in a very rainy Arunachal Pradesh over the much of the past couple of weeks. Rain, mist, landslides and tyre punctures played spoilsport with our plans and we ended up spending more time on the road and in hotel rooms than we did birding. What kept me going was amazing lifers, like this beautiful Large Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris), that kept popping up time and again during the trip.
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The Mystery Bird - Stoliczka's Bushchat (or White-browed Bushchat) from Tal Chapar, Rajasthan

No one knows the breeding ecology of this bird. After it gets into breeding plumage, it disappears for a few weeks and reappears with young ones!
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A Common Kestrel poses for the camera in beautiful golden light! Stuff that Tal Chapar evenings are made of!
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Purple Swamphens from Little Andaman - At sunrise, the setting in this small pond was really colourful. And these birds, that are fairly common around water bodies in the mainland too, added their share of blues to the scenery.
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