Golden Babbler

Golden Babbler (Stachyris chrysaea)

A Painting :
Acrylic on Canvas 12.5″ X 16″

Fast moving, restless, frantic and with boundless energy, Babblers are a challenge for most birders. Combine these traits with a penchant for inhabiting the dark and damp undergrowth and you will understand why it is so difficult to photograph or even identify these birds.

We were walking along a remote Link Road in upper Dzongu in Sikkim. It was a warm lazy afternoon. We slowly made our way along the road to a hot water spring. While crossing a small patch of dense foliage near a small stream we were suddenly surrounded by a large hunting party of birds. There were three types of tits, two kinds of wood peckers, a few warblers, some flycatchers… in all more than fifty birds. We were suddenly surrounded by intense bird activity.

Amidst all this chaos was a pair of Golden Babblers. They were calling to each other all the time and they were very fast. They kept to the undergrowth, showing only a few glimpses once in a while when they flew from one bushy patch to another. Soon they had disappeared into the jungle along with the hunting party. It was quite again. In the silence we could hear the faint calls of the Golden Babblers as they made their way across the dense undergrowth.

This painting is a memoire of that magical encounter.

 

Golden Babbler (Stachyris chrysaea)

A Painting :
Acrylic on Canvas 12.5″ X 16″

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