1/50 sec, f/5.6; ISO 400
Canon 30D, Canon 100-400IS
Location: Eaglenest WLS, Arunachal Pradesh
Date: 20 April 2007
Wards Trogon is
the rarest species of Trogon in the World. This bird is extremely tough
to spot even when one can hear its call. The low pitched call resonates
through the forest and one would assume that the bird is much farther
than it actually is. Drove a bike through treacherous unmanaged roads
14kms to the highest point in Eaglenest WLS (2465m.). Spent a day trying
to locate the bird and finally found it perched on a moss laden branch.
It suddenly flew in my direction, crossed over my head and disappeared
into the thick canopy behind me.
spectacular birds and are found in tropical forests across the world.
India has three species from the family and the showy Ward's is the
rarest. Found in the Eastern Himalaya, this shy species affects dark
forests. The male is pictured here. In the female, the pink is replaced
by yellow. This 40cm species is vulnerable to habitat shrinkage.
Birds of India presentation
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