They say that what ever you do on the new year day, you will end up doing the rest of the year! So, I decided to spend at least half of the day in a forest. Karnala Bird Sanctuary is 30-45 minutes drive from New Bombay. The best birding activity is in the morning, so we were out the door at 7:00 AM.
Saru: We are out in the forest, birds are chirping....do you feel that zen thing again?
Saru: You know, the zen thing you felt at Bhimashankar?
Saru: Why not? See, there are langurs and squirrels here and a nice breeze is blowing. Why are you not feeling that zen thing?
Vam: I am just not feeling it, especially with you buzzing in my ear.
Saru: Oh! So, it is me then. You need me to be away to feel the zen thing?
Vam: Enough with the zen thing. Look around, it is very beautiful. See that tree there, isn't it beautiful.
Saru: I don't think so.
The forest was very beautiful. We took the 'Hariyali Trail' and luckily came across a group of birders. These guys had a spotting scope and knew what they were doing, so we tagged along with them for the next hour. They identified the birds and we confirmed the names in the bird book. We saw:
- A beautiful black-hooded oriole
- Lots of golden-fronted Leafbirds (chloropsis)
- Yellow crowned woodpeckers (female)
- Common Ioras
- Scarlet Minivets
- Brown-headed Barbets
- Jungle Babblers
- Crimson / Purple Sunbirds
- Black, Ashy Drongos
- Greater Coucal
- White-Throated Kingfisher
Bad picture of a Golden-Fronted Leafbird
After a while, we got separated from the group and went our own way. Saru was humming a song from RNBDJ and walking along.
Saru: Hey Vam, Do you see 'Rab' in me?
Saru: You know, like in the movie. Mujme rab diktha hai?
Vam: Nope. Not at all.
Saru: Really. That's not good.
Vam: Why, do you see 'Rab' in me?
Saru. No, but that is besides the point.
Vam: Oh, so I should see 'rab' in you, but you don't need to?
Saru: Sshh, look there - Kingfisher!
It was afternoon and we turned back home promising ourselves that we would return to Karnala on Sunday. What a great way to start the New Year.