3rd year Pic 321 - Sep 03 2011
Khem Vilas, Ranthambhore
Best seen in bigger size
The temperature was around 38-40C and most birds had their mouths open as birds don't sweat and they breath very quickly, letting the cooler air passing through the lungs and air sacs carry heat away from the body.
Khem Vilas is a fairly new holiday camp. They have cottages, tents and a few rooms for the guests. The place has 3-4 water bodies and the whole environment is very natural. You may like to see some pics:
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The Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striata, is an Old World babbler found in the Indian Subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of Seven Sisters or Saath bhai in Hindi with cognates in other regional languages which means "seven brothers". The Jungle Babbler is a common resident breeding bird in most parts of the Indian Subcontinent and is often seen in gardens within large cities as well as in forested areas. In the past, the Orange-billed Babbler, Turdoides rufescens, of Sri Lanka was considered to be a race of this babbler, but is elevated to a species.
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