Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker at Valparai’s Anaimalai Tiger Reserve

The forests of Valparai are excellent for birding. Most of the bird species seen here are endemic to the Western Ghats and their spread here is phenomenal.

Black Rumped Flameback (Lesser Golden-Backed) Woodpecker at Valparai - 1
A walk through the buffer zone of the Anaimalai tiger reserve that crisscrosses through Valparai throws up a lot such birding opportunities. Whistling and laughing thrushes, hornbills, woodpeckers and many more can be seen here quite regularly all throughout the year.

Black Rumped Flameback (Lesser Golden-Backed) Woodpecker at Valparai - 2
It was during such a walk that I saw a Black rumped flameback woodpecker. It is also known as the lesser golden-backed woodpecker. The bird is very colourful and pretty. Unfortunately, it was late in the evening and the woodpecker was jumping from tree to tree in the shade. Hence, I did not get good shots and had to make do with these. Hope I get better luck with the woodpeckers when I am next in Valparai.

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