December 27th, 2019


4th Sunday outing, Muthanallur kere, 221219

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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