Location - Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Thane, Maharashtra | Date - October 2018
I came across this fascinating babbler species called “Tawny-bellied Babbler” from Peninsular India much later from the day I started exploring Mumbai and surrounding region especially for the forest birds. The very first time I saw it - I still remember it was just a fleeting glimpse. And from that day until now in last 5 years, there was that urge to clearly observe (at least for a few seconds in open) and to take photographs of this bird. This bird is the ultimate skulker and presumably it’s one of those handful of skulking species in Peninsular India!
Meanwhile in these 5 years, I observed and showed various individuals of Tawny-bellied Babbler to my friends in places like Sanjay Gandhi National Park and places like Dombivali, Kalyan, Mumbra, etc. But looking at the skulking nature of this bird, it was not easy by any means to take its picture. Various factors were responsible such as the habitat of this bird of living inside the bushes on the forest hills, most of the times low light conditions, its restlessness, even though in open constantly moving up & down, right to left, back & forth….Oh My God! Such a pain…. But all this was so enjoyable and kept me always in the hunt…. I waited for the right opportunity, did a lot of background study, observed the time of the year when it’s most active. After a lot of observations, chose the right place and right season.
And finally, I am extremely obliged to him for sitting steadily on a branch at one place for nice 17 minutes in perfect light conditions…. What a bird! 🙏🏻😃