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Colours at Nandi Hills

A group of us went to Nandi Hills last Saturday; and though we did not sight a single raptor apart from the good old black kites, it was a very enjoyable morning indeed. Because of the "black" kites, I thought of this morning as a series of colours....


It started with this mauve and pink sunrise:

mauve sunrise nandi hills 081108



Then the sky changed to the more usual yellow shades, with the dark hill contrasting:


sunset in the corner


I decided to get the sun in the corner for that one!


White was represented by the ORIENTAL WHITE-EYE:

oriental white eye nandi hills 081108


Green by the SMALL GREEN (WHITE-CHEEKED) BARBET, which, in this photograph, is a Leafbird! (this is the way most birds show themselves to me...)


081108 small green barbet "leaf bird"

Can you see its eye peeping out between the leaves?


The PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD:


purpleprumped sunbird

Though it's called the ASHY DRONGO (Thanks for correcting the id, A), the predominant colours were black/bronze:

black drongo 081108

More black, in the form of the silhouette of this SHIKRA, which never gave me an opportunity for a better shot:


shikra silhouette nandi hills 081108

Brown was the colour of this baby MACAQUE, that was lit up by the sunshine in its mother's arms:


baby macaque light

Here's a GREY PANSY:


081108 nandi hills grey pansy


A lovelier shade of brown, and some golden yellow, were provided by this CHOCOLATE PANSY, and the WASP approaching with its pollen sacs full:


chocolate pansy and wasp

White was contributed by this tiny MOTH on a leaf:

tiny moth in nursery area


Of course, the flowers came in a variety of colours. This red bell-like flower covered the rocky slopes:


red bell-like flowers covering rocks


Here's a closeup:


un id pink bellflower nandi hills 081108


The pied effect was this BLACK-EYED SUSAN:


black-eyed susan nandi hills 081108


This sunburst-like flower provided a bright yellow:


un id yellow burst-like flower nandi hills


This YAM FRUITING BODY was multicoloured:


yam fruiting body

Some more bright yellow from this flower, that looked like a light bulb!


"light bulb" yellow flower 081108


here's as bright a red as it's possible to get, from the POWDER PUFF FLOWER:


powder puff flower 081108

A green background, with dots of orange:


un id small red-orange flowers

Subtle greys on the LICHENS on the tree bark were so lovely:


nandihills lichen on tree

Just the shades of green, in the pattern of some of the leaves was lovely with the backlight:

leaves pattern




A most delicious shade of dark rich brown was cake that Garima had baked and brought:


garima's cake



And finally, here's the BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH that sat patiently for us...but sat so deep in the shade that we couldn't really get its brightness!




blue-capped rock thrush nandihills 081108
Tags: bangalore, birding, colour, mammals, photography, weekend
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