Malbar Pied hornbills favourite hont - The Yellow teak trees.
Local Names: Heddi, Arishina thega, Hettega)
English Yelow Tteak
Scientific: Adina cordifolia
Excerpts from our travelogue.....
We reached Dandeli in the morning and the first place on our itinerary was the old Timber Yard which falls under the purview of the Forest Department. An unorthodox choice one would think except for one small significant detail – the opportunity to see a good number of Malabar Pied Hornbills all in one place. Many of them nest in the larg Heddi trees (Yellow teak). On reaching here, we found that the rains had turned the ground into a green carpet while the trees looked lush and green. We had barely walked a kilometer when the first Hornbill we sighted was met with a whoop of joy. These creatures are wary of people and the moment they spot them, they try to hide in the branches or fly to a far off tree. Not an easy thing to do, given their large and curved yellow beaks which can be seen sticking out, however high in the tree they perch themselves. We walked on and at one place counted ten Hornbills on a tree. Our guide said early mornings are the best time to spot them and it is not uncommon to see hundreds of them here. Another creature that delighted us thoroughly was the Malabar Giant squirrel. We followed the antics of one as it feasted on some leaves and then raced down a tree to pick up some berries from the ground and then race back up the tree again.
Sunita / Raghu /Sunil
Dandeli Timber Yard, Uttara Kannada District, June 2009
Beautiful photographs but this is not a Haldu / Hedu [Haldina cordifolia] tree. Please check.
--- On Sun, 11/22/09, raghu ananth <ragh...@yahoo.com> wrote: