The "tick" birder
We sighted several Pelicans but we could not see even a single Snipe. We then went to Hulimavu hillock but there again, only one of the Eagle Owls showed itself very briefly. Altogether a disappointing morning. Hope to get to see these two birds soon.
The "click" birder
We went to Hulimavu kere to try and sight the Greater Painted Snipes that had been so easily seen when Vidhya took the group on a birding walk on October Bird Day. However, the mist soon obscured the sun to the point where we could not even see the far shore of the lake. The lack of light proved a big hindrance as we could not take clear shots even of the many Pelicans and Herons we saw on the lake, The mist made even the sun appear like the moon and the colours were very muted because of it. We could use our cameras very little, and went home without many satisfactory shots.
The "pick" (whatever one wants to see and observe) birder
We went to Hulimavu kere to try and sight the Greater Painted Snipes that had been so easily seen when Vidhya took the group on a birding walk on October Bird Day. However, the mist soon obscured the sun to the point where we could not even see the far shore of the lake. It was quite magical to see more than a hundred Spot-billed Pelicans dotted over the lake, later coalescing into a fairly large pod. A few other migrants like a juvenile Rosy Starling, a Brown Shrike, a and lots of Barn Swallows swooping around, kept our eyes glued to the binoculars. The sighting of the Eagle Owl was brief but Robins, Bee-eaters and other birds practiced their ground exercises and their aerobatics. It was delightful to see a single Brahminy Myna amongst the Common Mynas on the Jamun tree. We wound up with the wonder of about a hundred Barn, Red-rumped and Streak-throated Swallows in a huge flock. We observed several insects, wildflowers, plants, and the lives of the people living near the lake shore.
Well, sometimes we are a combination of all three!
My eBird list is
(not a bad haul for a "focus" dip on the Snipe!)
And I've put up photos on my FB album at
Looking forward to the next outing, already!
Here are a few photos (not only birds) from my Flickr album (clicking on any of the photos will take you to the album.)
High-rise with its "head in the clouds":
Shyleaf, a fodder plant:
"Washington", where laundry is dried:
"Washington Echo", about a kilometre away, where the sound of the clothes being slapped on the stones echoes from the granite bluff:
Pied Paddy Skimmer:
Swallows on the wire:
Jai with our food at Sri SLV Bhavan: Neer dosa and khara baath.
Mist on the lake: