Ashwini Kumar Bhat
Avantika Dhar, a beautiful and delightful little girl
Bharat Patil (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bharatpatil/)
Who made it all so enjoyable.
First, there was the weekday morning I-just-thought-I-would sneak to Lalbagh .
We started with the old favourite, the PURPLE MOORHEN, always to be found padding along on the lotus and lily leaves on the lake:
Then we went on to look at our friends the MOTTLED WOOD OWLS:
The SPOTTED OWLETS weren't there in Location 1, but they were little furry balls huddled together peacefully in Location 2:
The ROSE-RINGED PARAKEETS were feeding off the seeds on the trees:
I didn't take too many photographs there as I didn't spend much time in Lalbagh; but two days later, I got to go to Ramnagara, and had a wonderful time...
Here are the others, avid birders as you can see....Anush,Sainath, and Ashwini:
One of the lovely sightings we got was the WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO:
First it sat on one tree, and then another, and challenged us at a distance!
A LAUGHING DOVE looked beautiful:
Sometimes when one could not see the colours against the sky, the silhouettes looked lovely, too:
We saw this female BLUE ROCK THRUSH in the far distance; it's clear why it's called a rock thrush!
It was amazing to watch this bird zip and zoom amongst the rocks, with its wings hardly open....like a missile!
You can see its tiny size vis-a-vis the rocks in this far-from-good-and-good-from-far shot:
The LONG-BILLED VULTURES were also there; some on the sheet rock, which we did not approach closely because it was nesting territory:
Later we found them soaring overhead:
Ashwini also got an excellent shot of the SPOTTED BABBLER, but I didn't. But then we got to see the bird we were really looking for. The first time I had been there, I thought it was the "White Eebee", but realized that the other birders were talking about the YTB, an acronym for the YELLOW-THROATED BULBUL...beautiful birds, two of them here indulging in the Synchronized Head-Turning Event:
On Sunday, I went with Avantika, Bharat,Geetanjali, Pratima, Subir and Vijay to Ragihalli, and...
There they all are, we are having chai and biscuits at Ragihalli village!
We saw the WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER and its flash of blue:
The SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER which looked as beautiful as ever:
The SMALL MINIVETS gave us a signal lesson in camouflage. When one sees these birds in the book, one wonders if they would not be too conspicuous; but when one sees them in their habitat, one realizes how beautifully they blend in!
We watched some more BAYA WEAVERS like at Mysore, making their beautiful nests:
One Baya decided to give us..and itself..an especial treat:
It did a nice yoga pose while dispatching the grasshopper:
Earlier, we had seen both the female INDIAN ROBIN
and her spouse (I think..maybe he was her brother, too...who knows?)
Twice, we sighted the SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE, once as it flew near us on the sheet rock and then soared above,
And later, at a great distance across the Ragihalli village pond, landing on a tree:
I got a chance to record its habitat:
Hope you enjoyed all that as much as I did...you certainly don't get 3 days to do it in!