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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

About Weavers and Munias,Lapwings and Robins.... Other birds at Morachi Chincholi

While peacocks did grab the eyeballs on our trip to Morachi Chincholi, there were plenty of other birds around as well. A tree near us was full of birds we thought were sparrows - till a yellow pair joined the lot! I tried to grab a pic, and only when I took a closer look did I realise that the other small birds werent sparrows at all, but some other small birds.....


A look at the bird book made me think that the yellow one was a Baya Weaver, but I had no clue to the others. Finally I decided to ask for expert opinion, and asked a friend, who pointed out that there wasn't just  a male baya weaver in the pic, but also a female (which I hadn't noticed), and that the other small birds were Indian Silverbills, also called White-throated Munias. Thanks so much, Adesh, for the identification!
How many of you noticed the female weaver bird to the left of the group?

It wasn't really surprising to see these birds, considering what we saw in an old, disused well on the farm -


So many weaver bird nests in one place!  I don't know enough about these birds to tell you if these nests are old or being used, but they did look old, and there weren't any birds around..... so I guess these are abandoned ones....

Here's one up close....


How beautifully made, isn't it??

We also saw a couple of Lapwings on the fields, vying with the peacocks for our attention.....

Here's one


It looks like a Yellow Wattled Lapwing, from the pic in the bird book. But can anyone confirm this?

Here are a pair of robins - most probably Indian Robins.... There were so many of these around, but these were the only decent ones I could manage....




Here is another bird - no idea what it is....I feel the pic isnt good enough for a positive id... any ideas, though???
Update: This bird is a Ashy Prinia, also called Ashy Wren Warbler. Thanks Parag, for the identification!


Not bad, wouldn't you say, for amateur birdwatchers who hadn't even planned to do any birdwatching? 

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  1. Totally awesome. You seem to be seeing nature in all its richness. The weaver-nests are amazing. So many in one place is such a rich haul.

    The lapwing is a red wattled lapwing. The robin on the ground is a male Indian robin. The one on the trees is a female Indian robin. In your 1st picture, you can clearly make out the female baya weaver on the LHS.

    The final one...am not so sure.

    Anu - I think it is time you finally make the move to the DSLR world. That way you can do justice to these amazing birds that seem to give you darshan every day :-)

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  2. I was wondering what their names were. I'll note them down

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  3. Hey! I was hoping to see comments where ppl had identified th birds. I frequently see some of those brown bird near my place and on campus. Do let me know if you get to know the names of these birds!

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  4. Lovely pics.. Absolute bird watching...

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  5. @Sankara: thanks so much! I am planning to buy a DSLR by the end of this year... let see how things work out......

    @Winnie: oh yes... do that... will help you for next time...

    @Usha: actually, there seemed to be some problem with the comments which is why they were not visible... i really thought of you there when we saw all those birds...and when i came back and noticed that the small ones werent sparrows, I remembered Adesh telling us at Sewri that if we looked only at the colours, all brown birds would be sparrows! remember???

    @Shilpa: thanks!! you should do that sometime and then we can see the kind of birds u get to see there!

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  6. The nests above the disused well is awesome....

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  7. The last pic is of Ashy Prinia, also called as Ashy Wren-Warbler.

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  8. thanks so much, Parag! I will update the blog with the name soon.

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