|Welcome to OMH!|
|Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and Oriental White-eye|
|Indian Yellow Tit|
|Little Spider Hunter|
Welcome to “OMH”! Old Magazine House or should I say “Mad House” or maybe “Magic House”! Crazy indeed! Over 35 species of birds can easily be photographed here at OMH (Ganeshgudi, Karnataka). All these otherwise not so easy to photograph birds arrive here regularly to drink water. Drink water from a couple of clay bowls placed in the open. A legacy left behind by a couple of foreigners over a decade ago!
That is it. Just sit all day under the tree at OMH and click at any bird that comes to drink water. The birds here are so used to bird photographers that they are completely oblivious to the shutter sounds. They break cover, quickly drink water and move on. Some however decide to take a refreshing bath while some others stick around all day! The whole experience is indeed a strong dose of adrenaline to any bird photographer.
Since, almost everyone you meet at OMH is a nature lover who shares your enthusiasm, time passes quickly with some wonderful sharing of each others experiences! I met over 50 wonderful nature lovers in my short stay of 3 nights at OMH. A very enthusiastic, mixed family and friends party from Pune, A group of software engineers from Pune and Mumbai, several photographers from North Karnataka and Bangalore, a unique group of children on a nature study from Bangalore were all there enjoying the birds!
|Tickel's Blue FFlycatcher|
If you are able to drag yourself away from the addiction of the clicks and spend some quality morning time near the entrance you will be able to bag the prized “Malabar Trogan”!
|Trying for the Malabar Trogan!|
|Malabar Trogan (Male) - a better image next time?|
Drive to the nearby “Timber Depot” at Dandeli for the “Malabar Pied Hornbill” and spend a couple of nights at the “Hornbill River Resort” by the river to complete a most wonderful birding experience!
|Malabar Pied Hornbill|
|Rafting at the Hornbill Resort|
|Unique "Tree House" at Hornbill River Resort|
|Early morning attempt at photography from a hide at Hornbill River Resort thanks to Gopi Krishnamurthy!|
|Flying Lizard - amazing camouflage!|
Apart from making sure that I had a good camera with low light capabilities to grab fast moving birds after sundown! my main challenge was to get a good shot of the bird when it is not on the water pot! and before it gets wet!! Also, the birds could arrive at anytime though the action was more after 5.30pm. This meant that I had to wait all day in anticipation, quite a challenge indeed!
Thus, I was able to add the following image to my collection on Indiabirds! Please click on the below thumbnails for a larger image…
PS: Some more images of OMH :
|OMH - This building includes Kitchen and Dining along with Dorm and office!|
|Cottage at OMH|
|Dorm at OMH|
|Shoot the birds!|
|Kids on a learning tour at OMH|
|Vinayak at OMH - Inhouse Guide who knows all his birds! Call - 09620785247|