Manchinbele II


Our second visit to Machinbele a couple of weeks back was as good as the first. Along with most of the birds sighted on our last visit, we had some really interesting sightings this time. The lifers were

  • Pied Crested Cuckoo, we saw quite a few of them throughout the drive
  • Indian Silverbills (White Throated Munia), there were so many of them that it is surprising we did not see them last time
  • Blue faced Malkoha. This bird is so elusive that it is impossible to view it for more than a few seconds before it flutters around and completely goes out of sight. We managed to get a poor record shot though.

IndianSilverbill3 IndianSilverbill2

Other noteworthy sightings included the Scaly Breasted Munia, Tawny Bellied Babbler, Rufous Treepie, the Long-tailed Shrike, White-browed Bulbul, Brahminy Starling, Pied Bushchat and a juvenile Coppersmith Barbet. The Indian Roller could also be seen often but it maintained a safe distance from us prohibiting any chances of getting a good picture. There were also many many butterflies which are always a pleasure to watch.

PiedBushchat1 BrahminyStarling
MB-Butterfly RockAgama

4 Responses to “Manchinbele II”

  1. September 22, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Nice pics…..anyways the two butterflies are(from the top) :

    Common Mormon(female)
    Tawny Coaster

  2. 2 thoughtsinflight
    September 23, 2007 at 1:59 pm


    IDing butterflies is not our forte. Helps to have ppl like you around. Thanks.

    Hope your studies are coming along well.

  3. April 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    The red butterfly is a Common Crimson Rose .its a swallowtail variety of butterfly – quiet large in size.

  4. March 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Totally Love this place man !!


    ^ our visit to the place … !! :)

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