Frogmouths of Thattekad

We are at the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary at this moment to photograph and film the Srilankan Frogmouth. We tried last evening, but it rained cats and dogs and we did not find any either. This morning however, the rains held on and we managed to find two pairs roosting in their regular spots

Finding them ourselves is next to impossible. Eldose was with us, who is the best bird guide in south India. He pretty much can find you any bird you ask for.

Its pouring as I make this post and I hope the rains settle down soon and we will be able to photograph some birds


  1. Sandeep · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Wow! That’s a great pic. Much much better than the one you posted on twitpic.

    BTW I’d been to your last workshop at the British Library, Bangalore. Couldnt manage to get a seat for the workshop but saw the photo exhibition. Sorry to say but it didn’t meet my expectations.

    • kalyan · July 7, 2009 Reply

      I was not too happy either. I was not the judge but there is also the fact that too many judges spoil the winners. Usually the average ones come out on top as thats what most people agree on.

  2. Kunal · July 3, 2009 Reply

    I feel it would be next to impossible to differentiate these birds from the surrounding leaves!
    Saw the picture you posted on twitter, and had to actually search for the birds on that shot.

    • kalyan · July 7, 2009 Reply

      I know someone who was measuring the length of the branch on which this was sitting on and only realised it when the bird moved when the tape was on its feet.

  3. Anush Shetty · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Awesomeness. Are you filming at any other less known places of Thattekad ?

    • kalyan · July 7, 2009 Reply

      Tried, but with the rains it was quite tough. But had amazing sighting of many of the western ghats endemic birds.

  4. Vibhu · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Cool pic. Good eye your bird tracker has… kudos on finding them !

  5. Radha · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Beautiful birds Kalyan 🙂 And as always a photograph fit to compliment their beuty 🙂

  6. Vijay Basrur · July 3, 2009 Reply

    What an amazing bird. It took me a while to spot it in the other pic you posted on Twitter. Thanks for sharing

  7. Vinayak Hegde · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Awesome shot. Excellent camouflage. Could not spot the birds in the twitpic until I saw this picture.

  8. Jaya · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Wow.. pretty cool! They have got some big eyes – probably a nocturnal character thing!!

  9. sujit · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Perfect couple.First when I saw these birds I felt weird about them but now they are something special & important as indicators of good wet zone habitats. TFS looking forward for more.

  10. Sumod · July 3, 2009 Reply

    Great Shot… Yeah they are impossible to see with their camouflage.. if not for Eldhose et al… I remember my first visit to Salim Ali Sanctuary some 5/6 yrs back…

  11. shivani · July 4, 2009 Reply

    great pic. ..perfact camouflage ..

  12. Gopal Raju · July 4, 2009 Reply


    Gopal Raju

  13. Hari menon · July 9, 2009 Reply

    i like the side pose..:)

  14. misha · July 16, 2009 Reply


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