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Devarayana durga and Namada Chilume...

On Sunday, adarshraju,anushsh,Geeta, Prasanna decided that we would make it a JLRNTP trip...Adarsh and I had thought of going to Bandipur or to Nagarhole, but then since there was a logistics problem, we decided on a closer destination instead. Devarayanadurga, about which I posted here , here , here , and here is still a fairly unspoilt and beautiful place, and that's where we went.


Let me start with one of the last images I photographed on the trip...it's that very beautiful bird, the BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE, in flight from the wire on which s/he was perched....



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Large mammals:


Here are the others...look at the two shutterbugs!


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Anush and Adarsh with one camera seem OK:

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But Geeta and Prasanna with one pair of binoculars were a little more funny!


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Landscape:

Here's what the Devarayanadurga area looks like:

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And this is the scenery on the way to the Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple:

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People and scenes:


We stopped at Dobbespet (must have been named for some Englishman named Dobbes, I guess, I am too lazy to google it up right now), and they have a cute little police station:

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Almost in front of the police station, there was this "tinshack restaurant" where we had breakfast:


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Not having eaten in this area before, I didn't know that they made idlis differently here. Instead of making small idlis, they pour the batter in a raised plate, and it makes a kind of thick pancake which is served with chatni, a little potato, and if liked, two masala vadas:

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Update...apparently, this restaurant is pretty famous...and those are called "plate" idlis, what a lovely name!

These stainless steel tumblers made a pretty picture on the granite slab that served as the seat:


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And opposite us was this cute little girl who didn't want to share her father's tea and wanted a little tumblerful all by herself:

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Mammals:


The only mammals we saw were the BONNET MACAQUES, but they were endlessly entertaining as usual...here's a sweet-looking baby, feeding on the leaves:

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I posted this photo on INW with the title, "Oh,God,he's started singing again!"

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Insects:

We saw a real variety of insects, though....

Here's a SPIDER WASP (POMPILINID) (Karthik, thanks for the id!)

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Here's one of the typical circular (do these ants use a compass or what?) ants' nests that I see so often in these areas; I have seen them in Bheemeshwari, too:


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We started our walk from Namada Chilume, and here's another procession of ants that crossed our path:


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Here are two ladybird-like bugs mating..had to take the shot against the sky:


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And a Pierrot butterfly on a plant:

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Sometimes the wildlife comes to us, instead of the other way around; here's a beautiful cat on Anush's jeans!

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We saw what Geeta, Prasanna and I thought were two POTTER WASPS mating, but Adarsh insisted there was only one. I took a photograph (perhaps not of the exact same wasp?) and it appears to be only one...but I still don't know....


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Here's a COMMON CROW:

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Some of the plants were covered by the nests of the SOCIAL SPIDERS:

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This BALL MILLIPEDE I did not know about until I came back and asked Karthik for the id...click on its name to see how it rolls up into a ball on being disturbed!

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And, as usual the Chilume (spring) area had a lot of RED-TAILED DRAGONFLIES sitting on the sheet rock:

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There were also these un-id dragonflies which were completely Communist:

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Reptiles and amphibians:


We spotted a few of these FROGS in the Namade Chilume ponds:

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And then we also saw its predator, the GREEN KEELBACK:

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On seeing us, it quickly disappeared into the grass:

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We also saw a few ROCK AGAMAS:

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Flora:

As we left, we snapped this beautiful water lily in the Namada Chilume pond:

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This un id plant had leaves that were as beautiful as flowers!

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This bamboo tree had started flowering , which means that it will soon die...



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Birds:

We did manage to see a few birds and raptors; here's a TAWNY EAGLE:

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Then, later, we saw this bird soaring overhead. The shape and the tail size made me feel it might be a BLACK EAGLE, but both Karthik and AMS feel that it is much more likely to be an ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD:


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The SMALL MINIVETS didn't appear in large numbers, and it was possible only to get a bad shot of one:

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As we were returning, we saw a couple of EGYPTIAN VULTURES, here's a fuzzy shot of one:

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We all enjoyed watching this CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE watching us through the leaves:

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Two of them soared high above us and kept up their mewling call:


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As we returned, we saw the black-shouldred kite in hes habitat.sainath, I must tell you that on the way back, I suddenly said, "Why have we not seen any black-shouldered kites so far? I want to see one!" and wham, within minutes, Prasanna spotted this bird! I think I am finding out how to do the "Sainath-wish"!

The lovely bird:


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and perched so elegantly on the wire:

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Let me close with this shot of two GREEN MARSH HAWKS (thanks for the id, Seshadri!) mating:

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Tags: birding, field trip, karnataka, photography, wildlife
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