1/80 sec, f/8; ISO
Canon 40D, Canon 600mm lens
Date: 16 May 2008
This bird was
quite high on my list. My association with Dr Subbu, who has started a
project to study these birds in Karnataka, fueled my hunger to get some
images of this bird.
Kudremukh National Park, Oct,2006, after searching for 3 days, we didn't
come across a singe bird, though the habitat was suitable. 2007, had to
miss out on the opportunity. May 2008, a team of 4, made a 3 day trip to
Brahmagiris in the Western Ghats. We reached the grasslands after a 5
hour gruelling trek. With no porters to carry our luggage, we had to
manage it on our own. 12 kgs on the back, and 7 in front. In the
grasslands, the birds were quite common, males sitting on open perches
and singing away to glory. We just had to be patient, silent and it was
just a matter of time before we made our images.
Broad-tailed Grassbird is a shy endemic resident of the Western Ghats
and is usually found in tall grass and scrub growing on open hillsides.
The species is considered to be globally 'vulnerable' by Birdlife
International. Sexes alike.
Birds of India presentation