Look Who Was Invited To Lunch Next Door!

With the exodus of our neighbours to pastures fruitier, the mango season has officially come to an end. 
That sadly means curtains for the daily spectacle outside my kitchen window. But look who got invited to a final farewell feast!!
Indian Koel
A very, very shy and skittish female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus), that had been skulking around for months, in search of suitable host nests (for her parasitic brood). The allure of that luscious, half eaten mango proved irresistible however, and she succumbed long enough for me to get an eyeful. 
A female Asian Koel outside my kitchen window!
Her inky black, macho mate thought it beneath his dignity to even grace my backyard with his presence, and remained on his perch on the gulmohar tree out front, summoning her every few minutes, with his raucously melodious whistle.
Male Asian Koel
And along with what seemed like a nursery full of male heirs, ruined my sleep all season! I know it sounds like sour grapes, but I really should be happy the mango season is finally over…

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

152 thoughts on “Look Who Was Invited To Lunch Next Door!

  1. Madhu, What a gorgeous bird – unlike any I’ve ever seen. You surely do live in paradise … but I can understand why you’re glad that mango season is over! 🙂 All the best, Terri

    1. Thanks Teri.
      You couldn’t quite call Chennai paradise, but I am fortunate to have a lot of trees, and this one in particular, around our apartment block 🙂

  2. I think your photography is stunning. A stand out in the sea of blogs.
    Always excellent and a pleasure to see. We have no mango season in Pittsburgh.

    1. Thank you. I see you, or one of you, is part Indian! Did you live here long? I have been in the South all my life and this was my first sighting!! Until I got a closer look I thought this was a sparrow hawk 🙂

      1. Hi Madhu, am French Australian but born and raised in the South of India and Mr. Techno is South Indian – lived in India for the first 18 years of my life – amazing experience…

  3. I find both birds simply beautiful – and probably due also to your photography. I wanted to say lucky you – but apparently the birds ruined your sleep

  4. Beautiful birds – both the male and female. I’m glad they stayed long enough for you to get these lovely photos, Madhu 🙂

    1. Thanks Marianne. The female kept coming back for that mango several times that day. The male never approached closer though, hence the poorer shot.

  5. What an amazing capture Madhu! Nature at its finest right outside your window and the woman behind the lens…exquisite! 🙂

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