I was at Sim's Park, Coonoor, after a casual day-drive with my wife and a couple of friends. As I scrambled behind a Black-and-Orange Flycatcher, I heard Nikhil hiss from behind: "Sandy, raptor."
At first I thought that it was a Shikra (Accipiter badius), the common, sparrowhawk-like raptor. Peering closely, I saw a tiny crest of feathers on its head. This was the Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus), and it was making a meal of a small snake from its perch on a low branch.
|With the kill|
|Snapping the noodles!|
|Sorry, no freeloaders!|