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of fog and sunbirds
2015-11-08 - 5:56 p.m.
It was a very foggy day, although it did start with a peregrine. Mostly though, we could barely make out the Steppe Eagles in the mist appearing and disappearing right in front of us. It was actually kinda eerie to see a Mountain Hawk Eagle do that.
The Large-billed Crows were on a rampage. We saw an extended aerial battle -- three crows mobbing a single Eurasian Sparrowhawk -- and I must say that the Spar gave a reasonable account of himself, sometimes turning the attack around against his tormentors. But he could hardly hope to prevail against three larger opponents, and eventually the fight went spinning across the horizon.
Other -- or the same -- aggressive crows mobbed a young Steppe Eagle, striking the much larger bird many times. I hope one of my companions has a photo of this epic battle. Since an entire Eagle can't be anywhere near as maneuverable as a bad-tempered crow, then the poor Eagle really had little option except to circle around and try to shake the birds.
I had plenty of time to focus on grabbing some of the non-raptor species -- many of them life birds. True beauties!
Roughly in order of discovery--
- Green-backed Tit
- Long-tailed Minivet (a beautiful pair with a royal story)
- Grey-backed Bush Warbler
- Olive-backed Pipit
- Blue-fronted Redstart (male)
- Grey Treepie
- Striated Laughingthrush
- Green-tailed Sunbird (female)
- Great Barbet (!)
- white tailed Nuthatch
- Black-throated Tit
- Whiskered Yuhina
- Yellow Browed Tit
- Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
- Kalij Pheasant
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