Nowadays, what with the monsoon not willing to leave us, and the winter morning fog setting in as well, the question always is, "Will we be able to see anything at the beginning of a bird walk?"
Well, enough of us gathered at the pig farm at Muthanallur lake to answer this question...the answer being, "It's difficult to distinguish colours, but the birds are there...and enjoy the lovely monochrome scenery until the colours are clear!"
The pig farm was probably not the most pleasant of places as a meeting point, noisome as it was. However, as soon as I took the mandatory group photo, we set off along the narrow path, and reached the bund of the lake. The water in the lake is still quite high, but the areas near the bund are completely covered by water hyacinth, making it impossible for any waders to forage there. We saw a few Grey Herons, a Purple Heron, and several Egrets, and in the bare trees, we watched a flock of Chestnut-tailed Starlings arrive and fly around noisily. This reminded me of the majestic Silk-cotton tree at Lalbagh, the blossoms of which are covered by flocks of these Starlings in season, making it a delightful sight!
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