Victorian England at 12,000 Feet

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Plumbeous Pride

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Plumbeous Redstarts are the other species of the two I found on the banks of the Tirthan River. While initially they appear to be a dull black, in proper lighting their glistening slate blue coat is revealed. Though I usually found them perched precariously on a rock dangerously close to the rushing river, this one flew into one of the trees by the riverbank for a moment. These birds are very protective of their habitat and behave aggressively towards any trespasser on their territory. Perhaps that’s the reason why they were less abundant than their relative, with only one or two on the stretch of the river I birded on at the time.