The White-capped Warble

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A White-capped Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus) on the banks of a river in Kullu sings to the roaring water, endlessly cascading in its journey to nowhere. The redstarts were a completely new family of birds for me. Such songbird-like creatures so close to the water was at first an inconceivable idea, since I was used to merely the usual assortment of ducks and geese and overflow from nearby forests. Soon, however, I came to recognize their melodious call and the way they bobbed their tail up and down before jumping into the water for a breathless moment, only to reappear atop a rock without a single ruffled feather.

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