Sivakumar Mallya, Sudha Iyengar, Janhvi Vyas, Aadya Umesh, Suma Seshadri, Kavitha Umesh, Jayashree Govindarajan, Rishov Biswas, Ramaswamy G S, Padma Ramaswamy, and I, went to visit Gulakmale kere (lake) and T K Falls.
Because of the heavy rain,we started in cool, cloudy and misty weather. Here is the Champakadhama temple at Bannerghatta...an old temple that appears to be lost in the mists of time.
The mist was everywhere.
We first stopped at the small pond near the path to the Bhavani temple:
Having spotted some Baya Weavers,
We moved to Gulakmale kere,
where we watched a colony of these birds on a date palm.
Aadya faithfully documented all that she saw, and as usual, sketched, too. Here's her sketch of the Baya Weavers' nest:
Even as they built their dwellings, a White-rumped Munia arrived to try and occupy them.
Nature, as a teacher, gave me a geometry lesson.
The sky slowly cleared
We then went to T K Falls, where the water had been released due to heavy rain over the Suvarnamukhi river, resulting in a beautiful cascade:
I took a video of the scene a little further downstream where we crossed to the Muniswara temple area:
Wildflowers were everywhere.
Cleome monophylla, Spindle Pod
Tarenna asiatica, Asiatic Tarenna:
Chinese lanter tree
Hibiscus lobatus (very tiny)
Cadaba fruticosa - Indian Cadaba
I found a very good website to identify wildflowers,
There were plenty of birds, like the
Ashy Prinia on the Marsh Glory
Many butterflies delighted us.
Plain Tiger on Stachytarpeta
Here are three pathologists, one senior banker and one Jobless Person:
On the way back this beautiful Brahma bull (even though a little emaciated) looked majestic.
Here we all are, about to tuck into brefus at Udupi Banashree on Bannerghatta Road
Gulakmale bird list:
T K Falls
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-Spot Grass