Here's my email to the Bird Watchers' Field Club:
It was a bracing Sunday morning as 10 of us headed out to the Valley School area. As usual, it did not disappoint us...the highlights of the morning were watching, riveted, as large groups of Coppersmith Barbets and Oriental White-eyes feasted on the Banyan figs on the tree at the entrance.
Coppersmith Barbet's perfect camouflage amongst the figs and leaves of the Banyan tree
Also, a flock of Scaly-breasted Munias, Silverbills, and Rose-ringed Parakeets were feasting off the maize in the morning light...an a"maizing" sight that we thoroughly enjoyed!
Male Scaly-breasted Munias feeding on maize
Female Scaly-breasted Munias feeding on maize.
We met many other birders and photographers on the trail, too.
Chandu and I watched a Warbler sitting on the wire near two Red-rumped Swallows. Is this usual behaviour for the bird? I am so used to peering into the leaf-clutter for these skulky little LBJ's, that it was quite a surprise.
The Flycatchers gave us a whole cultural program. The Asian Paradise did his tail-fashion show, the Fantail performed their dance, and the Tickell's Blue sang its sweet song for us!
Except for the Shama and the Kestrel, all of us saw all the birds, strengthening my theory that if we approach carefully, and are mindful of others' need to sight the birds, large groups can have as productive birding trips as small ones.
Having said that....we did split up into smaller groups at times.
I was very happy to have two young botanists, Janani and Ganesh along, as I learnt a bit from them about various plants and seeds we saw on the way.
It was even more enjoyable to compare notes and images over IVC (Iddli Vada Coffee) at Udupi Banashree on the way back.
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Eagle, un id
Flycatcher, White browed Fantail
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Kite, Black shouldered
Lark, Un id
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Pigeon, Blue Rock
The butterflies were all around us and delighted us as well.
Brown, Bush, Un id
Yellow, Mottled Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Various bugs, dragonflies,grasshoppers, moths, and spiders.
We saw an un id Calotes, burrowing in the mud to lay her eggs, and spotted what might have been the pugmarks of a fox.
and yours truly/
Thank you to my favourite wilderness, for a very enjoyable morning!
My SMS are up on my FB album,
The others have posted much better shots on FB, too.