The Mask of Zorro!
Long-tailed (or Rufous-backed) Shrike against the brilliant blue backdrop of Bhandardara backwaters in Maharashtra, India.
Marathi: लालपाठी खाटीक
Hindi: कजला लटोरा / कसाई
Gujarati: કાઠીયાવાડી લટોરો / મટિયો લટોરો
कसाई (butcher) because of its peculiar habit of mounting its partially eaten prey (insects, lizards, even small birds) on to a thorny bush, almost like a trophy, to be finished later.
Demoiselle Cranes migrate from Central Eurasia. One of the toughest migrations over the Himalayas, they move in flocks of 400, many dying of exhaustion enroute. They are the smallest & lightest cranes.
Khichan is a place where man has got it right about nature, the villagers feed the birds attracting more every year. The grey coloured birds against the yellow sand stand out like stars in a sky. .
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If you are visiting Rajasthan between October to March do not miss the spectacular display. .