September 19th, 2010


Meeting people....

Meeting's something I love to do, and this weekend has been fantastic for it!

Yesterday was the annual


meet at Mysore, and it was great to go in a fun-loving group, and meet a lot of old and new friends on this wildlife photography forum....even though the death of

a noted musician and scholar, Pandit Puttaraja Gavai
cancelled our proposed birding trip to Ranganathittu, (all the lakes in Mysore and Zoo were also closed) it was well worth the trip to Mysore.We meandered back to Bangalore, stopping here and there to see whatever birds we spotted, and constantly pulling each other's legs!

This morning, too, 11 of us met up opposite my home, and want for the 3rd Sunday bngbirds birding trip, to the Bannerghatta forest area. This time we had some very special visitors...the Amstutzes, all the way from Crane Creek, El Portal, Yosemite National Park, California. It was fun to meet up with both the NTP group, as well as both new and old friends from the bngbirds group....some of them were excellent at spotting, and our sightings were varied...and wonderful.

The trip lasted much longer than I'd usually budget....and then several of us went to Adigas' for brunch, and I persuaded all the breakfasters to come home, too....we all sat and laughed and joked together, and I am now sitting in an empty home, wishing it weren't empty. I am, usually, a person content with my own company as much as with others'....but just now, I miss the laughter and fullness and the joy that a house full of people brings.

Friends...the greatest treasure in the world.

Photos (I warn you, even by my standard they are bad photos...!) of the INW meet


and photos of the 3rd Sunday bngbirds outing (I like these better!)


Here are a few of us at the Jaipurdoddi tea shop (run by Balaji who is in the photographs):

and here are the Amstutzes, Sangeetha, and some of our NTP crowd, along with Guru-G, at home:

Birds and others lists:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Yellow-eyed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo, Pied
Drongo, Black
Drongo, White-bellied
Eagle, Black
Eagle, Crested Serpent
Egret, Little
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Heron, Pond
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-winged
Kite, Brahminy
Lark, Indian Bush
Leafbird, Blue-winged
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeets, Plum-headed
Parakeets, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Shrike, Bay-backed
Shrike, Larger Cuckoo
Shrike, Long-tailed
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, House
Weaver, Baya


Blue, Grass
Blue, Zebra
Castor, Common
Coster, Tawny
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Common
Jezebel, Common
Jewel, Grass
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-ring Grass
Tiger, Blue
Tiger, Plain

Beetle, Tiger
Dragonflies and Damselflies, Various
Moth, Owl-Eye