Northern India photos: March 2011


Click on the small picture to see a larger, more detailed version. I toured Northern India (Delhi area) in March 2011. It was a great trip - good company, great birds, wonderful food, and an amazingly different country. Most of the photos were taken with a Canon camera with 100-400mm zoom lens, but I also use a Nikon point-and-shoot for scenery.. The trip was very enjoyable and was led by Jan Hansen (dba Otus Asio Tours otusasiotours@bellsouth.net). He leads a variety of trips, all of which I would recommend.

The people and scenery

[India] [India] [India]

Ancient fort, banyan tree, old tree-encrusted gate,
Ranthambhore National Park, March 5 and 6, 2011.

[Taj Mahal] [Taj Mahal] [Taj Mahal] [Taj Mahal] [Taj Mahal] [Taj Mahal] [Taj Mahal]

Taj Mahal: entrance building from front and inside,
the Taj Mahal, details of inlay and carving, side building,
Agra, March 8, 2011.

[Delhi train] [Camel] [Camel] [truck] [elephant]

Waiting for train to depart, Delhi, March 4;
camel transport in Ranthambhore March 5 and at Chambal River March 9,
colorful truck at toll booth, March 6,
tame Indian elephant waits for a rider, Tiger Camp, March 14, 2011.

[women] [women] [women] [women] [women] [women] [women]

Women were mostly seen working: pictures from Sattal March 10,
around Corbett National Park, March 14, 15, 17, 2011.

[men] [men] [shrine] [shrine] [shrine]

Men standing in town, at a shop, March 18;
isolated religious shrine and a well attended one which included shops
selling supplies for pilgrims, outside Corbett National Park, March 14, 2011.

[Jan] [Jan] [India] [Lokesh]

Jan and Lokesh Kumar (our local guide) and the group at Tiger Camp;
drying cow dung on our ride to Delhi, March 18, 2011
Lokesh and family, Bharatpur, March 8, 2011.

[Ganges] [Ganges] [Ganges] [Ganges] [Ganges]

Scenes at the River Ganges: shelters on near side, bathers and funeral pyres,
firewood for sale for funerals, a funeral group (body on roof), March 18, 2011.

Birds, mammals, mountains

[Black Kite] [House Crow] [Greater Coucal] [Purple Heron] [Green Bee-eater] [Indian Spot-billed Duck] [Bluethroat]

Black Kite, House Crow, Greater Coucal, Purple Heron, Green Bee-eater,
Indian Spot-billed Duck with Purple Swamphen, Bluethroat,
Ohkla Sanctuary, Delhi, March 3, 2011 (our 1 rainy day).

[Yellow-footed Pigeon] [Black-rumped Flameback] [Brown-headed Barbet] [Eurasian Hoopoe] [House Crow] [Spotted Owlet]

Yellow-footed Pigeon, Black-rumped Flameback, Brown-headed Barbet,
Eurasian Hoopoe, House Crow, Spotted Owlet,
Buddha Park, Delhi, March 4, 2011.

[Chinkara] [Spotted Deer] [Sambar] [Hanuman Langur] [Hanuman Langur] [Hanuman Langur]

Chinkara, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hanuman Langur,
morning in Ranthambhore National Park, March 5, 2011.

[Wooly-necked Stork] [Rose-ringed Parakeet] [Rufous Treepie] [Red-wattled Lapwing] [Red-wattled Lapwing] [Greater Thick-knee] [Ruddy Shelduck]

Wooly-necked Stork, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Rufous Treepie,
Red-wattled Lapwing, Greater Thick-knee, Ruddy Shelduck,
morning in Ranthambhore National Park, March 5, 2011.

[Little Ringed Plover] [Gray Francolin] [Gray Francolin] [Cotton Pygmy-Goose] [Marsh Mugger] [Wild Boar]

Little Ringed Plover, Gray Francolin, Cotton Pygmy-Goose,
Marsh Mugger, Wild Boar,
morning in Ranthambhore National Park, March 5, 2011.

[Black Drongo] [Southern Gray Shrike] [Long-billed Pipit] [Indian Courser] [Long-tailed Shrike] [Painted Sandgrouse]

Black Drongo, Southern Gray Shrike, Long-billed Pipit, Indian Courser,
Long-tailed Shrike, Painted Sandgrouse,
mid-day outside Ranthambhore National Park, March 5, 2011.

[Indian Vulture] [Oriental Magpie-Robin] [Large-billed Crow] [Eurasian Thick-knee] [Rufous Treepie] [Nilgai] [Chinkara]

Indian Vulture, Oriental Magpie-Robin, Large-billed Crow,
Eurasian Thick-knee, Rufous Treepie, Nilgai, Chinkara,
afternoon in Ranthambhore National Park, March 5, 2011.

[Jungle Babbler] [Painted Spurfowl] [Red-wattled Lapwing] [Greater Coucal] [Sambar]

Jungle Babbler, Painted Spurfowl, Red-wattled Lapwing, Greater Coucal,
Sambar, morning in Ranthambhore National Park, March 6, 2011.

[Jan and friends] [Yellow-footed Pigeon] [White-throated Kingfisher] [Dusky Eagle-Owl] [Spotted Owlet] [Indian Gray Hornbill]

Jan and friends, Yellow-footed Pigeon, White-throated Kingfisher,
Dusky Eagle-Owl, Spotted Owlet, Indian Gray Hornbill,
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, March 7, 2011.

[Black-headed Ibis] [White-breasted Waterhen] [Intermediate Egret] [Painted Stork] [Oriental Darter] [Indian Pond Heron]

Black-headed Ibis, White-breasted Waterhen, Intermediate Egret,
Painted Stork, Oriental Darter, Indian Pond Heron,
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, March 7, 2011.

[Nilgai] [Rock Python] [Brahminy Starling] [Brahminy Starling] [Oriental Magpie-Robin]

Nilgai, Rock Python, Brahminy Starling, Oriental Magpie-Robin,
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, March 7, 2011.

[Indian Flap-shelled Turtle] [Indian Spot-billed Duck] [Common Hawk-Cuckoo] [Sarus Crane] [Sarus Crane]

Indian Flap-shelled Turtle, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Common Hawk-Cuckoo,
Sarus Crane, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, March 7, 2011.

[Brown Shrike] [Large Gray Babbler] [White-eared Bulbul] [Bay-backed Shrike] [Long-billed Pipit] [Ruff] [Greater Painted Snipe]

Brown Shrike, Large Gray Babbler, White-eared Bulbul, Bay-backed Shrike,
Long-billed Pipit, Ruff, Greater Painted Snipe,
farm fields and wetland, Bharatpur, March 8, 2011.

[Indian Flying Fox] [Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark] [Sand Lark] [Crested Lark] [Asian Pied Starling]

Indian Flying Fox at Chambal Safari Lodge, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark,
Sand Lark, Crested Lark, Asian Pied Starling,
Chambal River, March 9, 2011.

[Bar-headed Goose] [Ruddy Shelduck] [Comb Duck] [Comb Duck] [Lesser Whistling Duck]

Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Comb Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck,
Chambal River, March 9, 2011.

[White-throated Kingfisher] [Red-naped Ibis] [Asian Openbill] [Asian Openbill] [Gharial]

White-throated Kingfisher, Red-naped (Indian Black) Ibis,
Asian Openbill, Gharial (young), Chambal River, March 9, 2011.

[Indian Skimmer] [Indian Skimmer] [Indian Skimmer] [River Lapwing] [Greater Thick-knee]

Indian Skimmer, River Lapwing, Greater Thick-knee,
Chambal River, March 9, 2011.

[Gray Bushchat] [Gray Bushchat] [Streaked Laughingthrush] [White-cheeked Bulbul] [Gray-headed Warbler]

Gray Bushchat (female, male), Streaked Laughingthrush,
White-cheeked (Himalayan) Bulbul, Gray-headed Warbler,
Sattal, March 11, 2011.

[Steppe Eagle] [Blue Magpie] [Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler] [Common Stonechat] [Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher]

Steppe Eagle, (Red-billed) Blue Magpie, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler,
Common Stonechat, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher,
Sattal, March 11, 2011.

[Blue-winged Minla] [Lesser Yellownape] [White-throated Fantail] [Hanuman Langur] [Muntjac]

Blue-winged Minla, Lesser Yellownape, White-throated Fantail,
Hanuman Langur, Muntjac (Barking Deer), Sattal, March 11, 2011.

[Jan] [Slaty-headed Parakeet] [Scarlet Minivet] [Brown Fish-Owl] [Jan]

Jan, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Scarlet Minivet, Brown Fish-Owl,
Sattal, March 11, 2011.

[Blue Magpie] [White-capped Redstart] [Small Niltava] [Blue Whistling Thrush] [White-tailed Redthroat] [Kalij Pheasant]

(Red-billed) Blue Magpie, White-capped Redstart, Small Niltava,
Blue Whistling Thrush, White-tailed (Himalayan) Redthroat, Kalij Pheasant,
afternoon in Sattal, March 11, 2011.

[Himalayas] [Green-backed Tit] [Brown-fronted Woodpecker] [Lammergeier] [Black Eagle] [Hanuman Langur]

Himalayan Mountains (Nanda Devi, 25600 feet, right of center),
Green-backed Tit, Brown-fronted Woodpecker, Lammergeier, Black Eagle,
Hanuman Langur, between Nainital and Pangot, March 12, 2011.

[White-throated Laughingthrush] [Black-headed Jay] [Black-headed Jay] [Eurasian Jay] [Oriental Turtle Dove]

White-throated Laughingthrush, Black-headed Jay, Eurasian Jay,
Oriental Turtle Dove, Pangot hotel, March 12, 2011.

[Gray-winged Blackbird] [Russet Sparrow] [Streaked Laughingthrush] [Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush] [Rufous-bellied Woodpecker]

Gray-winged Blackbird, Russet (Cinnamon) Sparrow, Streaked Laughingthrush,
Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush (female), Rufous-bellied Woodpecker,
Pangot (Woodpecker in woods, rest at hotel), March 12, 2011.

[Blue-fronted Redstart] [Green-backed Tit] [Red-headed Tit] [Verditer Flycatcher] [Chestnut Thrush]

Blue-fronted Redstart (female), Green-backed Tit, Red-headed Tit,
Verditer Flycatcher, Chestnut Thrush, Pangot hotel, March 12, 2011.

[Koklass Pheasant] [Himalayan Accentor] [White-throated Nuthatch] [Upland Pipit] [Blue-capped Redstart] [Gray-headed Warbler]

Koklass Pheasant, Himalayan Accentor, White-throated Nuthatch,
Upland Pipit, Blue-capped Redstart, Gray-headed Warbler,
well above Pangot, March 13, 2011.

[Himalayan Griffon] [Himalayan Griffon] [Eurasian Griffon] [Common Buzzard] [Steppe Eagle] [Yellow-throated Martin] [Yellow-throated Martin]

Himalayan Griffon (2, juvenile), Eurasian Griffon, Common Buzzard,
Steppe Eagle, Yellow-throated Martin, well above Pangot, March 13, 2011.

[Himalayas] [Rock Bunting] [White-throated Laughingthrush] [Streaked Laughingthrush] [Black-throated Sunbird] [Chestnut-headed Bee-eater]

Himalayas, Rock Bunting above Pangot,
White-throated Laughingthrush, Streaked Laughingthrush at Pangot hotel,
Black-throated Sunbird, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater below Pangot, March 13, 2011.

[Rufous-breasted Accentor] [Lesser Yellownape] [Slaty-headed Parakeet] [Plum-headed Parakeet] [Plum-headed Parakeet] [Great Barbet]

Rufous-breasted Accentor, Lesser Yellownape, Slaty-headed Parakeet,
Plum-headed Parakeet (2), Great Barbet, below Pangot, March 13, 2011.

[Streaked Prinia] [Rufous-bellied Niltava] [White Wagtail] [Crested Kingfisher] [Pied Kingfisher] [Coppersmith Barbet]

Streaked Prinia on morning walk, Rufous-bellied Niltava at Tiger Camp (hotel),
White Wagtail, Crested Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Coppersmith Barbet,
Kosi River outside Corbett National Park, March 14, 2011.

[Indian Scops Owl] [Indian Gray Hornbill] [Lineated Barbet] [Greater Flameback] [Greater Flameback] [Gray-faced Woodpecker] [Muntjac]

Indian Scops Owl, Indian Gray Hornbill, Lineated Barbet,
Greater Flameback, Gray-faced Woodpecker, Muntjac,
outside eastern edge of Corbett National Park, March 15, 2011.

[Indian Peafowl] [Stork-billed Kingfisher] [Long-billed Thrush] [Jan] [Blue-throated Barbet] [Chestnut-headed Bee-eater]

Indian Peafowl, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Long-billed Thrush, Jan,
Blue-throated Barbet, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater,
outside eastern edge of Corbett National Park, March 15, 2011.

[Eurasian Griffon] [Asian Roller] [Oriental Pied Hornbill] [Common Myna] [Chestnut-tailed Starling]

Eurasian Griffon (left) and White-rumped Vulture, Asian Roller,
Oriental Pied Hornbill, Common Myna, Chestnut-tailed (Gray-headed) Starling,
outside southern edge of Corbett National Park, March 15, 2011.

[Himalayan Flameback] [Emerald Dove] [Asian Elephant] [Asian Elephant] [Asian Elephant] [Collared Falconet] [Gharial]

Himalayan Flameback, Emerald Dove, aggresive Asian Elephant,
Collared Falconet, Gharial, on drive into Corbett National Park, March 16, 2011.

[Rhesus Macaque] [Rhesus Macaque] [Rhesus Macaque] [Spotted Dove] [Red Collared Dove] [Eurasian Hoopoe]

Rhesus Macaque, Spotted Dove, Red Collared Dove, Eurasian Hoopoe,
Dhikala camp inside Corbett National Park, March 16, 2011.

[Asian Elephant] [Crested Serpent-Eagle] [Crested Serpent-Eagle] [Rufous Woodpecker] [Maroon Oriole]

Asian Elephant family group near Dhikala, Crested Serpent-Eagle,
Rufous Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Corbett National Park, March 16, 2011.

[Red-vented Bulbul] [Streak-throated Woodpecker] [Streak-throated Woodpecker] [Black-hooded Oriole] [Jungle Myna] [White-browed Wagtail]

Red-vented Bulbul, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Black-hooded Oriole,
Jungle Myna, White-browed Wagtail, Corbett National Park, March 17, 2011.

[Common Kingfisher] [Garganey] [Black Stork] [River Lapwing] [Spotted Deer] [Asian Elephant]

Common Kingfisher, Garganey, Black Stork, River Lapwing,
Spotted Deer, tame elephants, Corbett National Park, March 17, 2011.

[White-rumped Vulture] [Rose-ringed Parakeet] [Red Junglefowl] [Changeable Hawk-Eagle]

White-rumped Vulture, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Red Junglefowl, Changeable Hawk-Eagle,
outside southern edge of Corbett National Park, March 17, 2011.

Eric W. Greisen
egreisen@nrao.edu