Birding at Nandi hills

I went for a short early morning birding trip to Nandi hills, the nearest hill station from Bangalore. Here are the birds I saw... 

View from the top...

A pair of Orange-headed thrush was seen having a long face-off...

After a while they changed position but still maintained the aloofness...

Next to be seen was a male Indian paradise flycatcher with its extra long tail...

It was funny to see him bite his own tail...

Long-billed Sunbird...

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher made an appearance...

I waited for a better perch. Soon it flew around and gave various poses...

It also entertained with its clinking call...

Gray Wagtail...

Oriental white-eye...

Ashy drongo...

Indian Blackbird...


Indian blue robin...

A Verditer Flycatcher got blurred due to a blade of grass...

Then it perched on  a tree far away...

White-cheeked Barbet...

A female Indian paradise-flycatcher was quite playful. It flew around and gave many interesting poses...

Another view from the top...

Last bird of the day was an Ultramarine flycatcher who just refused to show its face...

Got a glimpse of its face as it flew away...

Leaving you with a video of the descent from Nandi hills...

I hope you liked the post. Do let me know your feedback in the comments section below...


  1. Beautiful Birds. Awesome photography.

  2. The Verditer Flycatcher is my favourite 'model' in this week's photos. It's his vibrant blue feathers.

    SSG xxx

  3. What beautiful photos! I have never seen a robin in such colours.

  4. I enjoyed the ride with you down the hill. Now I know you drive on the same side of the road we do in Australia. Yes, we have many places that are like that too!

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  5. The Indian flycatcher is spectacular! Have a great week!

  6. That's a very smooth video but every time I saw a car coming I freaked out cuz ur driving on the wrong side of the road, watch out!
    You have so many incredible photos I hope you have a book or a calendar full of them.
    I have to say I'm very impressed by the male Indian paradise flycatcher.

    1. In India, we drive on the left side of the road.

  7. Shiju, your birds are beautiful almost beyond belief! That flycatcher ! And that beautiful blue robin... really every bird is amazing and different. These hills ... and your country ... must be a dream destination for serious birders everywhere.

  8. Hello, I am always amazed and love your bird photos. Awesome sightings of these beautiful birds. Wishing you a happy day and weekend ahead!

  9. Left-hand traffic is totally unusual for me.
    Here in Germany we turn right. I thought there would be a collision at any moment ;-)
    The photos are uniquely beautiful. there is almost no species we have here.
    I am impressed. by this diversity of species !

  10. Wow, such beautiful pics. So such color, all are so interesting!

  11. The flycatcher is sucb a pretty bird. I had never seen one before. Nandi hills is a beautiful place to visit in the mornings. Didn't know it was popular for bird watching too. Exquisite shots.

  12. great series of photos of varied birds

  13. Beautiful pictures! Love the flycatcher with his long tail! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

  14. Hello,I would love to see all these gorgeous birds in person. The flycatcher is beautiful and I love the colors on the Orange-headed Thrush! Wonderful collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend! PS, thanks for the comment on my blog.

  15. What an interesting selection od species, I enjoyed looking them over. the blue Flycatcher looks like our eastern Bluebird

  16. It's always a real treat to visit you and see all the birds you photograph! Just amazing! Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Thanks for your exceptional shared photos for I'd Rather B Nirdin'

  18. Hello Shiju, what beautiful birds you saw on your walk. I particularly like the Indian blackbird with it's beady little eye.

    Thank you for popping by and sharing at #keepingitreal.


  19. Lovely images, so good to see these beautiful birds and the Praying mantis makes it even better


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