Golden Bush Robin

Golden Bush Robin

A Painting
Acrylic on Canvas – 11.5″ x 15″

Most us who have birded in the Himalayas have seen glimpses of the Golden Bush Robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus). A glimpse in the undergrowth is all that you usually get. The Golden bush Robin is a notorious skulker, very rarely does it venture out of the deep undergrowth.

In all my years of birding in the Himalayas I have seen the Golden Bush Robin out in the open only a handful of times. One such occasion was a recent trek in the Neora Valley National Park. After a long climb through the beautiful forested hills we reached the Aloobari camp. The plan was to have a quick lunch before turning around and heading back to our camp at the “Source”.

There is a small hand pump at the Aloobari camp and near this hand pump was a stack of dried branches. I noticed some movement inside this stack. A flash of gold confirmed that this was a Golden Bush Robin. I tried to peer into the darkness to get a glimpse when, suddenly, it flew out and landed on a branch on top of the stack, just a few meters from me. It sat there for a few seconds before diving back into the undergrowth. I called the rest of our party. We had to wait for only a couple of minutes before the Golden Bush Robin flew out of the undergrowth and gave us a “Darshan” (audience) again. It did this a few more times before flying away.

This painting is a memory of this encounter.

 

Golden Bush Robin

Golden Bush Robin

A Painting
Acrylic on Canvas – 11.5″ x 15″

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