SAI Sanctuary: The Birds & Animals

SAI Sanctuary is one of the most relaxing places ever to just kick back and watch the birds and animals.  One very pleasant surprise is the usually elusive and shy Sambar Deer.

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IMG_1656 IMG_1662Many different bird species frequent the stream, even the local chickens!

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Even the insects can be interesting!

IMG_2574 IMG_2513They have a rooftop deck which is a superb place to see the birdlife for miles around.  We were all up there when the heavens opened with a torrential downpour.  We had to retreat inside and wait it out.  While we were chatting under the roof, Anil heard a flock of Malabar Parakeets.  I grabbed my camera and ran as fast as I could and followed him to the rear deck,  but they were too fast and disappeared into the forest.  When the rain stopped, we went back out on the deck and I got a few shots of some other birds.

IMG_2575 IMG_2576 IMG_2578 IMG_2579 IMG_2581Another flock of Malabar Parakeets decided to surprise us, approaching from the rear without the usual parakeet squawking and flew over our heads.  Once again, I was too slow with the camera but at least I got to see a small flock of them!