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Gulakmale (yes, again!) 10 and 110115

On the 10th only 3 of us went there, but we did find quite few other birders. We were able to meet and exchange notes.

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Kiran, Guru, and Prem....we are ready to start!

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The swallows made written music against the sky.

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It was a misty, beautiful sunrise:

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The lake was equally beautiful as the sun rose.

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We found a fair number of birds, including this

JERDON'S BUSHLARK on a Calatropis (milkweed) bush:

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A

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

ran around, too.

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This

WHITE-BROWED BULBUL

posed for me.

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One bird that I don't often click is the

JUNGLE CROW

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This palm tree bears many

ASIAN OPENBILLS.

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Here's their typical foraging behaviour, picking up snails from the shallows:

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Here's one in flight.

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Everywhere, on the dried-up areas of the lake bed, the Calatropis (milkweed, this one's called the haldi-kumkum plant because of the yellow and red flowers) plants were flowering and dispersing their seeds by the wind:

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SANDPIPERS

waded along the water's edge.

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SCALY-BREASTED MUNIAS foraged, too.

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Here's the beauty of the shallow part of the lake:

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And the beauty of the arid mounds with grass:

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It was fun to see birders and birds looking in opposite directions!

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I liked this Cat On A Cool Tin Roof!

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It was funny to see the cat and the White-browed Wagtail completely ignoring each other!

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Peepal leaves made emeralds and a ruby.

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This is what our revered and worshipped gods come to, after immersion:

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On the 11th, we were a larger group at the MCS (Mandatory Chai Stop):

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Some of the sights were not as delightful as others.

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A bird in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but these two

TAWNY-BELLIED BABBLERS

were priceless!

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RED AVADAVATS (Lal Munias), were in the reeds.

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they had the photographers waiting.

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BARN SWALLOWS

sat upon sticks and pondered the meaning of life.

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A

SIBERIAN STONECHAT

did so, too!

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GREAT CORMORANTS

formed a diving and fishing line.


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Butterflies like this

TAWNY COSTER

were around, too.

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The grasses looked gorgeous against the light.

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We returned via the Champakadhama temple.

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I must end with a pic of this ruby-eyed ruby of a Lal Munia male:

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More snaps on my Flickr album,

here

and all the photos on my FB album,

here, for the 10th

and

here, for the 11th
Tags: bangalore, birding, butterflies, karnataka, lake, nature, photography, plants, water, wildlife
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