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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

Skywatch Friday - Birds From My Window

If it's Friday, it's time for Skywatch! Wondering what I was going to post today, going through my photos, I realised that when I looked out of my window, at the sky, more often than not, I saw birds! So, here are some birds that I see quite often. These are just common birds, but each of them is a joy to watch...

The Red Vented Bulbuls are the most frequent visitors, and I have loads and loads of photos I have clicked of them. This one happens to be my favourite, because of the odd expression he seems to have on!





The Red Whiskered Bulbul is also a regular visitor, but this one is a little more shy of my camera, since he flies off before I can focus!



And then there are the sunbirds - We dont get to see the Purple sunbird often, but the Purple Rumped Sunbirds are regulars.



Capturing them is a challenge, since they flit so quickly between flowers, and hide amidst the leaves.



But there are those rare times when they stay still on a branch long enough for me to click...



or I manage to capture one mid-flight...



Monsoons bring the Egrets in dozens....



and the White Throated Kingfishers....



The Water Hen is also a frequent Monsoon visitor...



And then we have the Tailor birds....



I first mistook them for the sunbirds.. they are just as small... and look quite similar to the females, but now, I see them often enough differentiate between the two.. but not often enough to get some really good photos..



The Coppersmith Barbet is a bird I hear more often than I see! Their distinctive call is heard from quite a distance, and I don't often figure out which tree they are on. No surprise then, that this is one bird I have photographed rarely... Just last week, I managed to see one sitting for quite a while on a branch, but it flew just as I clicked....


And then there are of course, the Parakeets, which I have written many posts about!!


With so many birds around, don't you think the sky seems a wonderful sight?

So, what do you think of my version of the Skywatch this week? To see photos of beautiful skies from around the world, go to the Skywatch Page..


Comments

  1. Great Captures, Anu.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2012/10/gokarna-ten-things-to-dosee.html

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  2. Love those sunbirds. I get to see only the purple sunbird here!

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    1. I see those rarely, Mridula... these are abundant here..

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  3. Wonderful shots of the birds.

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  4. And you get to see them all in the concrete jungle of Mumbai? Wonderful!

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    1. Yes, Zephyr! we are lucky to live in an area which is sort of like an oasis in the concrete jungle and we get to see all these birds...and many more, actually.... just that i havent been able to capture those :D

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  5. Fabulous shots of that adorable face.

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  6. Wow! What wonderful captures of those cute little birdies! Love the shots of bulbuls and the kingfisher. Awesome

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  7. Nice clicks.. and I appreciate your patience .
    Many of those birds I never saw..
    Please can u tell from which camera you took photos .. Dr.A

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