Stopover in Sitla.

Nestled amongst the pine trees, and mountainous forests near Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand, is Sitla Estate. On a quick getaway from the city, we visited the 150 year old stone cottage, snuggled within the hills in peacefulness and quiet. The ride up was somewhat wearisome, I could feel my breakfast sitting in my throat, plotting its escape. However, within no time at all we were happily traipsing through wild gardens and orchards. To my unending delight many local winged residents of the Estate came a-visiting too, indulging in small talk and kindly posing for my camera.  

This cute weapon of mass destruction is the Himalayan Woodpecker © Nisha D'Souza

This cute weapon of mass destruction is the Himalayan Woodpecker © Nisha D’Souza

The Blue Whistling Thrush sings a sweet song © Nisha D'Souza

This Blue Whistling Thrush sang a sweet song © Nisha D’Souza

A tiny Grey-hooded Warbler readies for take-off © Nisha D'Souza

A tiny Grey-hooded Warbler readies for take-off; it was so cute it probably inspired the hash tag #hugabird © Nisha D’Souza

Yellow-billed blue magpies are commonly sighted around the estate © Nisha D'Souza

Yellow-billed blue magpies are commonly sighted around the estate © Nisha D’Souza

Blackcapped Sibia © Nisha D'Souza

The Black-capped Sibia came around a lot, but was mainly concerned with preening itself © Nisha D’Souza

Yellow Wagtail © Nisha D'Souza

This Yellow Wagtail was a flighty ole chap © Nisha D’Souza

Black-throated Tit © Nisha D'Souza

This Black-throated Tit seemed a philosophical chap – he stared at the sky for a large part of our interaction © Nisha D’Souza

White-cheeked Bulbul © Nisha D'Souza

A White-cheeked Bulbul eying an apricot © Nisha D’Souza

Verditer Flycatcher © Nisha D'Souza

A Verditer Flycatcher keenly watching out for some grub © Nisha D’Souza

 © Nisha D'Souza

I think this might be a female black redstart; identification was hard on account of the game of hide and seek she seemed to be playing with imaginary friends © Nisha D’Souza

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