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'Savandurga,081017'

This entry was originally posted at https://deeyum.github.io/Savandurga-081017, and cross-posted here. Please leave your comments on the original post.


It was just four of us: Padma, Ramaswamy, Srini and I... who decided to go to


Savandurga


on a misty monsoon morning.


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Sign in Kannada for our destination:


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The mist in the trees...


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Which slowly cleared up:


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Our activities attracted a lot of attention!


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We did see a lot of birds...here are some.


Black Drongos


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This Ashy Prinia presented a cartoony view.


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Green Bee-eater with dragonfly catch


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Laughing Dove


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The butterflies were out in force, too!


Yellow Orange-tip


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Dark Blue Tiger


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Plain Tiger caterpillar


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Pointed Ciliate Blue


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Common Wanderer


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Dark Grass Blue


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Common Gull


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Here's Srini, delighted with the way a butterfly trustingly climbed on to his finger (if one wipes one's perspiration off, they are attracted to the minerals in the fluid)


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That was the Pointed Ciliate Blue again.


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Some of the insects we saw included this White-tailed Damselfly


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and this beautiful Copper Beetle (at least, that's what I named it!)


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Wildflowers were varied and plentiful.


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Here's a lovely Balloon Vine:


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Mexican Poppy


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Gossypium sp (Mallow)


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Waterlilies in a pond


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Even seed pods can look stunning


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Mushrooms


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Dabbaguli was one of the places we stopped at


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And just outside the town, we spotted a bonus...the Jungle Nightjar!


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Padma brought her tasty cutlets, and we feasted on them


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Later we also had some local breakfast.


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We stopped near two old temples, the Shaivite sAvaNdi veerabhadraswAmy and bhadrakAlamma temple


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and the Vaishnavite Lakshmi Narasimha temple


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Here's narasimhA, the man-lion avatAr of Vishnu, with His consort Lakshmi, who is his laptop...


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The deities were being taken out in procession, which was a nice bonus.


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This life-like dog in a vendor's stall nearly had me fooled.


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Part of this temple seemed lost in dreams of another time....


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Some rather risky rock-climbing was going on.


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The scenery was stunning:


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It was on the rocky outcrop in the centre that we spotted three Egyptian vultures.


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We returned home, well pleased with our morning, stopping to say "bye" to this Oriental Garden Lizard which also seemed to be having a swinging time.


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Looking forward to the next weekend outing...!

Tags: birding, butterflies, flowers, friends, insects, karnataka, nature
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