Just twenty-four hours in Delhi, but I had the chance to stroll round two magical places.
Red naped ibis are not uncommon at Lodhi Gardens, but I've never got this close. By the lake, there was a patch of wet ground, and this ibis was so busy grubbing away in the mud with its spectacular curved beak that it didn't mind that I was within a few feet.
The sound you can hear, by the way, is the honking and cackling of scores of geese on the lake
At Sunder Nursery not more than a mile away, I had an enchanting encounter with an Indian grey hornbill
The hornbill had a ball of mud in its beak which - as far as I could make out - it was using to seal the tree cavity it had chosen as its nest. Wonderful!
And just a short distance away, in the nursery's wilderness area, I chanced across a family of peafowl
I didn't spot any of my favourite, the hoopoe, on this brief visit. Next time!
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