Arun P Singh

 

Golden Bush Robin © Arun P Singh

Golden Bush Robin
(Tarsiger chrysaeus)

 

 

Image details
1/100 sec;  ISO 400
Nikon D 70s, Sigma 170-500mm APO plus Nikon Speedlight SB20
Location: Mussoorie (2,000m), Uttarakhand
Date: 25 January  2008

Shoot details
It took me 5 years to spot a male G B Robin in open and get an image although I had seen this species half a dozen times before this in Garhwal. Extremely cold weather and over cast conditions had forced this bird to come out in open and feed on a fallow land on a barren hillside just below Mussoorie. I had initially disturbed this individual which quickly took to hiding in a bush below. After a brief period of hiding it popped out of the bush on the ground with me now sitting quietly just next to it and taking this shot.

Species details
Bush Robin's are small terrestrial chats which occur in India mainly in the Himalaya.  The 15cm Golden Bush Robin is, perhaps, one of the most showy of the family and an adult male, like  the one shown, is a memorable sight. This species summers high up in the alpine zone and descends lower in the winter. The female is a duller version of the male.

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