|The bird and it's Beard...|
|A 'Surdy Boy', SIKH Photo courtesy Aman Preet Singh Virk (Click Here for his blog)|
|A fairly huge range - but does not mean a bird very easy to see...|
If you count the species by the same kind of name - there are three Bearded Bee-eaters, Red-bearded, Blue-bearded and Purple-bearded. However as given out by the Handbook of birds of the world - the Purple-bearded is not the same genus. The Blue-bearded is one of the largest Bee-eaters at 31-35 cm followed by Red-bearded at 28-31 cm.
Well - coming back to my chase of the birds, I was chasing the one - Blue-bearded Bee-eater and it's sightings were popping up all around me. We have a small and a very dedicated team of birders in Chandigarh and the one who got some great pictures to start with was Mr Narbir, soon his help was sought by others and great pictures popped up by Mr Jasbir and others. By this time I was fairly desperate, so much so that whosoever would spot the bird would page me or call me and I was there as soon as humanly possible. Well, the bird still eluded me. The situation went from bad to worse as now jokes were being cracked both - behind my back and at my face. I did what I could - slogged alone at the places listed as possible sightings, went with whosoever offered me help. Pleaded, threatened others to take me along where they saw it - all to no results whatsoever.
|My first sighting wherein I checked it on my Lifer List, in Morni with Mr Rajive|
|Finally - a million snaps that I had always hoped for....|
|Finally - a Bee-eater with a Bee ;-)|
|Oh, what a beauty!|