March 2nd, 2009

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BOS...Bannerghatta on Saturday!

A suddenly-hatched plan with Vijay Hegde meant that we took the bus early on Saturday morning to Bannerghatta...and just wandering around the area near the Butterfly Park, and the water body nearby was pretty productive! Vijay saw, for the very first time, the male white ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER. I couldn't get a photograph, but just seeing his satisfaction was like seeing it myself for the very first time!

I tried out the photography tips that Mahesh had given in Bannerghatta, and I like this image of the backlit RAIN TREE FLOWERS;


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Alas, my other images are rather erratic in quality, but I will be using the bad ones as well for documentation. Birds don't wait for you to get a better focus or lesser shake!

This beautiful ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET walked up and down as if she owned the tree!

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What I enjoyed very much was the sight of these two BONNET MACAQUES who had settled themsleves on one of the fence posts and were sunbathing in a style that would have done credit to them on the beaches of Capri or St Tropez!


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Just look at the luxurious expression on that monkey face....ah, that's the life!




Next up, a gripping tale of domesticity,attack, protection, home and fear...as played out on a branch of a Bannerghatta tree! All non-birders will also enjoy this three-actor drama...!
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HUGE pics..sorry! Here's the Koel-Barbet Soap Opera...

Sorry, this post and the previous one have very large pics...I had changed the size of the pics to be uploaded earlier and forgot to reset it! I totally refuse to delete all the pics and re-do the whole job, so please...put up with this post!


We were looking up at a COPPERSMITH BARBET on the branch of a rain tree, when I realized that she was actually going into her nest! So I caught her as she peeped out of her home..



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But the barbet couple were too smart to fall for this ploy, and the female stayed put inside her nest, and the male on the branch above, until the koel finally gave up and flew away (she did a thorough job of searching up and down for the nest, not realizing that the hole was facing downwards.) Even then, the male didn't come down, but the female flew quickly off, as if fearing that the koel might be somewhere around and would quickly come to the nest.

We were utterfly fascinated by this whole scenario, and left, talking about what we had seen....if we have a few trees around us, we might not require soap operas on television at all!

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Pictures from now on will return to regular size folks, sorry for overwhelming you! Instead of a television soap opera, you got the Barbet-Koel drama on what amounts to a cinema screen....!