Birds in Thattekad – with Eldhose K V

Thattekad ( Thattekadu ) is a Bird’s Paradise, first time in my photography I have seen more than 52 + species in 2 days with the help of Eldhose K V and team.
After my office training, sudden plan and visited Thattekad in Dec 2018.
Spent 2 days and clicked 52 + species.

Day 1:

malabar-grey-hornbill
malabar-grey-hornbill

Bus started at 3:45 AM in the morning and reached Aluva bypass by 12:45 PM from there we need to travel another 44 KM to Eldhose Birding Lodge and Resort. We checked taxi but there is no taxi stand nearby, then decided to go by auto, auto guy bargained Rs.20 per KM which is cheaper than taxi. if anyone wants to travel from Aluva to Thattekad you can contact this auto guy he is genuine ( name : Romsan , +91 9061146646 ). we traveled 44 KM by auto and it took us 1 hr 20 mins. Route is single way road that’s why it took this much time.

When we were nearing the resort we got a call from Eldhose resort asked us to go and wait near Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. We reached around 2: 45 PM and waited 5 mins, Jerin from their team picked us from there and dropped us in one of the bird hide spot directly. We suppose to go to the resort and have lunch but we reached late and afternoon session started (which usually starts at 2 PM ), so Jerin dropped us directly in the spot. we were very hungry,  we didn’t eat anything till dinner. Actually while coming to Aluva, bus stopped only for breakfast and when we reached Aluva we thought we will have lunch in the resort but we directly went to the spot and didn’t eat anything till dinner, even in the dinner we had only one chapati. why we had only one chapati ? because of nightjar sighting, tell you more on that in the day 1 end.

we were there in the first hide (  treepie hide ) till 5: 30 PM and clicked few birds in the hide like…

  1. Jungle Babler
  2. Greater racket-tailed drongo
  3. Rufous treepie
  4. White-bellied treepie
  5. Chestnut-tailed starling
  6. Oriental Magpie Robin female / male
  7. Asian Paradise Flycatcher – Female
  8. Flame-throated bulbul
  9. Malabar Grey Hornbill
  10. Common Emerald Dove and few more birds….

 

white-bellied-treepie-thattekad
white-bellied-treepie-thattekad

After that we reached the resort and had tea and took some rest. They asked us to assemble at 6:30 PM in the Mottled Wood Owl spot and then dinner after that jungle night safari for Nightjar.

We don’t have luck to sight Mottled Wood Owl , we were there in till 7: 40 PM in the Owl spot but no luck. Finally we went to have dinner, when we were about to complete one chapati, Eldhose called us that he got information that Great eared nightjar is sighted by some other guest and we have to rush to that place. we went in the jeep to that spot. Actually in the middle of the dinner we rushed to that spot and walking in the jungle with slippers because I left my shoes in my room and came for dinner with slippers, the path is very hard and risky. Vipers might be resting near the path. Just blindly following the way with Eldhose and his torch light to reach the spot. finally we spotted Great eared nightja.

great-eared-nightjar-1
great-eared-nightjar-1

It was a thrilling moment, this bird is very rare to sight and very few who sighted this bird and we were lucky this time. Eldhose adviced me to use shoes while coming in the risky jungle path.  while coming back to room it was around 9:30 PM and dinner serving is closed. we slept with one chapati :). Eldhose asked us to wake up and ready by 6:30 AM next day.

Finally day 1 ends with great memories. 

Day 2 :

babbler-cuckoo-feeding
babbler-cuckoo-feeding

Day 2 starts at 6:30 AM, we went to a hide on his property, there we clicked few common birds like Plum-headed Parakeet, group of malabar parakeet, White-Breasted WaterHen, Lesser goldenback woodpecker and etc.,

After 30 to 40 mins from this hide we went to other place in Tempo traveller may be 2 kms, there we saw

  1. Philippine shrike
  2. Grey jungle fowl Male / Female
  3. Red spurfowl Female / Male
red-spurfowl-male-female-thattekad
red-spurfowl-male-female-thattekad

 

grey-junglefowl-male-thattekad
grey-junglefowl-male-thattekad

 

grey-junglefowl-female-thattekad
grey-junglefowl-female-thattekad

We spent sometime here and came back for breakfast and had good breakfast and coffee… waited for grey hornbill near his place.. but we didn’t have luck.

After breakfast we went to see Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Malabar Trogan.
Sandeep and Sathrajith from Calicut  joined with us, who came to this resort last night. This place may be around 6 to 9 KM from his property. we got nice good shots of this birds and finally we went to some other location with the help of Ajomon and Jerin and to sight most waited rare bird Black Baza.

malabar-trogon-thattekad
malabar-trogon-thattekad

 

malabar-trogon-female-thattekad
malabar-trogon-female-thattekad

Black Baza, black beauty is very tough to sight like Great eared nightjar. Many birders came here to sight but didn’t have luck. Ajomon helped us to sighted this bird but no one got good nice shot of the bird, we were waited till 12:45 PM and return room for lunch.

black-baza-thattekad
black-baza-thattekad

We reached home back and had good lunch and sat sometime near Malabar Hornbill hide, hornbill started coming for food and we got some shots and gone back to the room to take some rest. Eldhose asked us to assemble around 2 PM for Flycatcher hide.

At 2 PM we went to Flycatcher hide few km from Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. This is the place were we sighted more than 20 + species and hide is very close with bird’s area and we able to see the birds very closely. we spend the whole second half in this hide and my hand getting pain and back is hurting more and we were there till 5: 30 PM and we waited for Flame-throated bulbul and finally place getting dark and we decided to go back home. This location is awesome to photograph more western ghats bird.

indian-pitta-tattekad
indian-pitta-tattekad

 

indian-paradise-flycatcher-female
indian-paradise-flycatcher-female

 

brown-breasted-flycatcher
brown-breasted-flycatcher

 

We came back to the room after a good birding time and took some rest and had a nice coffee and assembled again for Owl sighting around 7 PM after that we had dinner and planned for night walk with Ajomon but we didn’t go night and took some rest. Others went and sighted Slender Loris, Nightjar and Owl and they came back around 10 PM.

Our Day 2 ends with great clicks.

Day 3:

lesser-goldenback-woodpecker
lesser-goldenback-woodpecker

Day 3 again we got up and ready by 6:30 AM and went to the same hide which is in his property and then we went to see same Jungle fowl location and came back had breakfast and spent some time inside his property and sighted Brown Shrike.

brown-shrike-thattekad
brown-shrike-thattekad

 

Time to go back home, I asked Eldhose to arrange a cab to drop us in Aluva bypass so that we catch 1:35 bus which I booked earlier. But plan was changed and friends from Calicut also leaving so we joined in their car and they dropped us in Aluva Bypass around 12 :00 noon. 1:45 we got the bus and return home.

Our Thattekad trip ends here with nice birding and great memories. Thanks all for the support they given in this trip. we enjoyed nicely. 

We got some learning’s from the trip

  • Try to come by your own car if you guys traveling around 500 KM, because bus travel is hectic and long hours. If you traveling in day time whole day will be wasted. Try to get night train / bus and flight ( if your budget allows ).
  • Use shoes when you going for night walk.

Thattekad Birds checklist which I clicked in this trip.

  1. Jungle Babler
  2. Greater racket-tailed drongo
  3. Rufous treepie
  4. White-bellied treepie
  5. Chestnut-tailed starling
  6. Yellow-browed bulbul
  7. Oriental Magpie Robin female / male
  8. Asian Paradise Flycatcher – Female
  9. Flame-throated bulbul
  10. Malabar Grey Hornbill
  11. Common Emerald Dove
  12. Lesser goldenback woodpecker
  13. Red-vented Bulbul
  14. Common Myna
  15. Streak-throated woodpecker
  16. Pond heron
  17. Red-whiskered bulbul
  18. White-Breasted WaterHen
  19. Asian Openbill
  20. Philippine shrike
  21. Grey jungle fowl Male / Female
  22. Red spurfowl Female / Male
  23. Malabar Trogon male
  24. Malabar Trogon female
  25. Black Baza
  26. Indian Blackbird
  27. Common Hawk-cuckoo
  28. Brown-cheeked fulvetta
  29. Orange-headed Thrush
  30. white bellied blue flycatcher
  31. Nilgiri Flycatcher
  32. Great Tit
  33. Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
  34. Malabar Whistling Thrush
  35. Indian Pitta
  36. Little spider hunter
  37. Blue-throated blue flycatcher – Female
  38. Plain Flowerpecker
  39. Brown breasted flycatcher
  40. Indian Blue Robin
  41. Asian Koel
  42. Blue thoarted kingfisher
  43. Spotted Dove
  44. Great eared nightjar
  45. Sri Lanka frogmouth
  46. Plum-headed Parakeet – female
  47. Blue-winged parakeet ( malabar parakeet )
  48. White-cheeked barbet
  49. Brown Shrike
  50. Fork-tailed drongo-cuckoo

 

Chestnut-tailed starling

chestnut-tailed-starling
chestnut-tailed-starling
Blue-winged parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet - female
White-cheeked barbet
Sri Lanka frogmouth
Great eared nightjar
Blue-winged parakeet ( malabar parakeet )
Blue-winged parakeet

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