A drive to Neemrana Fort with #BoltDrives

On Sunday, the 10th of May 15 bloggers went for a fun drive to Neemrana Fort with Blogadda and TataBolt. It was a hot Delhi summer day but it was also an opportunity to meet with other bloggers and the now familiar Blogadda Team,

And ofcourse to experience the new Tata Bolt.

The morning began with selfies and groupies.

And tweets,

We were divided into teams and were encouraged to share information about ourselves so that we could be introduced beyond what the blog world knew us as.

This was easy – I shared my yet unknown passion for bird photography, gender equality, against destruction of habitat of the animals on this planet (including humans). I was delighted to have two extroverts as my team mates.  🙂

We were given a presentation to understand the car we were going to experience – and the part (as always) I found the most interesting was the safety features and the tech enabled new age features one would not have dreamt of in cars a generation ago!

Specially designed high resolution touchscreen – ConnectNext touchscreen.

Smartphone enabled navigation with MapMyIndia maps, that uses android smartphone.

Video playback and image viewing option on the touch screen (via USB AND SD card) – (Come to think of it, I hope these can be used only while not-driving, that would be a safety feature. Drivers texting or viewing images or videos while driving is not a good idea)

This feature that would impress those who love music while driving (and who doesn’t? Anybody?) –  Speed sensitive auto volume control. The Bolt automatically raises the music volume as the car goes faster ‘ensuring a consistent audio quality’.

Voice command recognition to make calls, change tracks, control, AC, Incoming SMS notifications and read-outs  – I view this as a safety feature, seeing how many traffic accidents are a result of drivers texting while driving.

Safety is important I feel and so was glad to see dual airbags that ‘cushion the impact to protect the driver and front passenger (in an event of a frontal collision’).

We test drove the three different driving modes – Eco, City and Sport Modes.

We were in City Mode when I took this photograph 🙂 🙂

And then we reached.

It was hot!

Harish pointed out the three legged bull.

We had to walk up a little,

And we were enthusiastic 🙂

A little more,

And then we had this view,

Neemrana High Tea

The bloggers had energy enough after all this to explore the Neemrana Fort in a guided tour. I skipped this part and spent some time interacting with others who also chose to stay back.

We also had exposure to some art and culture.

The drive back was more fun because it was cooler and the drive was long, smooth and fun – and full of conversation. We were accompanied by one Captain Bolt in our car and another Captain Voice, who we kept trying to identify but couldn’t!

Before we parted, we exchanged blog links and twitter handles and I promised to watch Piku and nobody promised to to change their political views 🙂

Wire Tailed Swallow

When I first saw a photograph of a Wire Tailed Swallow, I thought the photograph had been photoshopped.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

Notice the wire tail?

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

Maybe,  I thought, because we have only seen them high on wires 🙂

Wire Tailed Swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon

The young (immature) Wire Tailed Swallow is black. Not shown in these photographs.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

The adult is an iridescent blue, a little like the Purple Sunbird.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

🙂

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

.. no photoshopping, these are the actual colours.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon

A closer look.

Wire tailed swallow, Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Gurgaon Birders

 

 

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark

At first I wasn’t sure this was really a bird. Would have missed it if it was not being photographed by another birder. Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

Then it moved just a little, to turn it’s head to the side …Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

Oh yes, it was a bird!!

And what a beautiful bird. Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark. Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

It was hot.

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

And then it confirmed it was not a stone, by flying 🙂

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

We saw it again.

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark doesn’t seem to be a shy bird.Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

Later, on the computer – once the image was cropped,  it was easier to see the beak and the ashy crown and the silver-grey cheek.

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Indian Homemaker

Large Grey Babbler

Looked like a Babbler but wasn’t a Jungle Babbler or Common Babbler.

There were just two of them foraging in the grass, unlike the Saat Bhai or Seven Sisters.

Large grey babbler, Gurgaon

Found something…

Large grey babbler, Gurgaon

I couldn’t see exactly what it found.

Large grey babbler, Gurgaon

Cruel, …cruel nature.

Large grey babbler, GurgaonNote the whitish outer feathers to the long tail, and the white belly..

Large grey babbler, Gurgaon

The iris is yellow, but the beak or the legs are not.

Large grey babbler, Gurgaon

Related Posts: 

Yellow Eyed Babbler

Pied Myna

 

 

Black Rumped Flameback

I was looking at this Common Tailor Bird…

Common Tailor Bird - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

Not expecting to see this flash of flame!

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

A Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker!! 🙂

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

Almost invisible. Despite the bright red and a flame back.

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

This explained the tuk tuk tuk…

Black rumped Flameback  Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

The coloring matches the background.

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

There it is!

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

Camouflaged.

Black rumped Flameback  Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

Easily missed. Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

There it was again, on another tree.

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park

See the colours!

Black rumped Flameback - Gurgaon Birders - Tau Devilal Biodiversity Park