The survey is across four ranges, Anekal, Bannerghatta, Harohalli and Kodigere, and will be held on the second Saturday of every month for a year, to give a holistic picture of bird life in the Bannerghatt National Park over the annual period.
Birds of Karnataka, display board at Kalkere.
Volunteers gathering for the survey
I got the Kalkere State Forest transect, BTL (Bannerghatta Transect Line) 1. My team-mates were:
Forest Guard Michael
Michael, Pervez,Byomakesh, Albert
We stopped every 10 minutes, took the GPS co-ordinates, and then moved on.
The Kalkere State Forest was much more productive in terms of birds than I thought it would be, because the city has actually spread beyond this forest patch now.
We passed some quarried rock, which gave a sad look to the landscape.
However, the good thing was that the depressions had formed rock pools:
Our trail was quite scenic, even if it was not heavy forest:
However, the scrub forest was very interesting, and we got several birds. Here are some I managed to click.
Greater or Southern Coucal, drinking water at the edge of the rock pool:
Oriental Honey Buzzard:
Indian Peafowl (this is a peacock in the glory of full breeding plumage):
Vipin was our organizer for the Bannerghatta range, and I found him very sincere and hard-working. Here he is, taking notes with a forest guard:
An excellent breakfast of iddli was provided midway through the transect:
I did not restrict myself to observing only the birds; here are some other interesting beings:
Peninsular Rock Agama:
Two unidentified but beautiful flowering plants:
This was a tiny plant growing in the path!
An un-id insect with huge eyes:
the Flame of the Forest, Butea monosperma, in full bloom:
Tired, but mentally refreshed by the morning, and the beauty of the scrub forest
I left for Mysore to take part in the Ranganathittu Bird Census the next morning.
The Flickr album of the survey is
and my FB album is