Here's the beauty of the Manchinabele Catchment Area, with Savandurga in the distance:
For a while, all thoughts of birding disappeared from our minds as we just took in the scene....
Can you see two swallows sitting on the wires? There's a picture of one of them under the cut!
At the time, a group of bikers went just past us and stopped and were taking pictures too. I almost called out to them, asking if one of them was rohan_kini but felt it would be too foolish to do that...and lo and behold, I find the identical picture on his LJ entry yesterday!
In fact, we kept stopping on the way to Manchinabele Dam, which was our destination, because we heard a lot of bird calls and saw some of them too...in fact, we never finally reached the dam at all, but spent a lot of time in the catchment area (where we saw the butterflies, and the Rock Agama, that I posted about earlier.) Here we are, on the road, having stopped the car for the umpteenth time....
In fact, whatever each of us spotted (some WHITE-BROWED WAGTAILS dancing on the nylon netting of a nursery, or a couple of INDIAN ROLLERS that Anush saw in a distant tree) kept us busy for a long time, and we had to remind ourselves to move on.
Here's a Jerdon's Bushlark that we spotted, doing the typical fly-high-in-the-air-and-then-land-in-the-f
Sachin spotted this WHITE-BROWED BULBUL sitting on a tree; it was difficult to get a shot without an obstructing branch...
As we moved on, the RED-RUMPED SWALLOWS started coming out and flying in the air, hawking for insects. Here's one perched on the wire, with his long wings...
The beauty of a date palm in full fruit was too good to miss...
and here's a close-up of the dates (do 365 dates make a calendar?)
And this cute little relief of Ganesha on the wall of a nearby temple:
There were several lilies blooming in the nearby ponds:
I caught this JUNGLE CROW preening himself, near an insulator on a power cable; I liked the black-and-white composition.
We spent a long time watching this HOOPOE, which I spotted near some houses; he and his mate had a nest under the tiles of a house, and were busy bringing food in for the nestlings.
Here he( or she? I don't know!) is, with a tasty morsel for the babies...
And here is a RACKET-TAILED DRONGO, many of which we saw in the nearby fields.
Oh....yathin, an experienced birder, seems to have some doubt that this is a racket-tailed drongo, so I am changing the caption to:
Possibly a BLACK DRONGO:
For a more complete list of birds that we spotted, see Neelu's list on their blog at
All in all, a great morning, and Anush, Adarsh, Nisarg and I were going to meet up again at the Snake workshop later in the day(actually, 12 of us from the JLRNTP group were there!)...a lovely way to spend a Sunday! Thank you, Sachin and Neelu, for the great opportunity!