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The birds over the weekend....

The bird sightings were so varied and lovely that the weekend was a wonderful experience (and you friends thought it was because of your company? cackle, cackle!)....let's see now....we started out, of course, with the CKMP (Crow Kite Mynah Pigeon) and also the Jungle Crow,but then we went on...

Let me start with the end..the very last bird that we saw on Sunday at Ragihalli was this magnificient BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE:


171108 black shouldered kite upward look ragihalli







On Saturday, 11 of us went to the Valley School area, and as we drove slowly from the main road to the parking lot, we looked out for birds, using the car/s as a hide.

Since we were up with the lark, of course we had to see the INDIAN BUSHLARK:

indian bushlark 161108

These CATTLE EGRETS lined up on granite poles made a nice one, two, three picture:


cattle egrets 161108


I liked this soft portrait of one:

cattle egret 161108 VS


Far in the distance, we spotted the BLACK-NAPED ORIOLES in a tree. Can you see the juvenile bird in the foliage?



golden oriole in foliage

Trying to peck at a concrete pole on the road was this FLAMEBACK WOODPECKER (talk about birdbrain!) which then flew off to a tree a little distance away:



flame-backed woodpecker VS 161108

SCALY-BREASTED MUNIAS were everywhere:

scaly-breasted munia


The leaves of small plants obstructed me as I tried, from the car, to take a snap of the PIED BUSHCHAT catching its breakfast:


pied bushchat with worm 161108


These two MYNAHS sat in synchronized fashion, on a LABURNUM tree that was in flower:


mynahs 161108

As we started walking on the road, we saw what appeared to be a juvenile RUFOUS-TAILED SHRIKE:


juv shrike? VS 161108


A LAUGHING/MOURNING/LITTLE BROWN DOVE sat comfortably in the clutter of branches and watched us go by:

laughing dove



An INDIAN GREY HORNBILL sat a little distance off, out in the open; there have been sightings of this bird feeding its young in the same area:


indian grey hornbill 161108 VS

In the Art Village area, we sighted this bird that we couldn't id....and haven't been able to, still...


un id bird VS 161108

Update....this afternoon, yathin and I spent half an hour with the birdbook, and he said it was probably the female CUCKOO SHRIKE....and just now, I find that prasis has given the same id!


We were quite satisfied with some of these, but on Sunday, when five of us went to Nisarga Layout, to take a few children on a birding outing, the rain put paid to a long trip for them. Vittal and I gave a short talk on birds, and the children enthusiastically wanted a little walk at least within the layout, so we went to the pond area there, and we saw these INDIAN SILVERBILLS:



indian silverbills 171108


We also saw some PIED WAGTAILS, and the children were happy enough for us to talk about the next time we would come along and take them out!

The children having dispersed, and Subir having fed us a fantastic breakfast, we found that the rain had come down a little, so we decided to press on to the sheet-rock area and Ragihalli village pond.

On the sheet-rock, we stood and admired the beautiful vista of forests, and also watched this RUFOUS-TAILED LARK for a long while, feeding:



161108 rufous-tailed lark


The lark made a beautiful picture as it flew about:

rufous-tailed lark landing ragihalli 161108



A little further, a HOOPOE entertained us for a while, hopping along the ground and feeding:


hoopoe

A male INDIAN ROBIN did what birds always do to me:


indian robin male mooning me

We approached the pond area, looking at this slim PADDYFIELD PIPIT:


paddyfield pipit 171108

As we walked down to the pond, this little ASHY PRINIA caught a fat worm:

prinia in grass with worm


Update: many people feel this could be a PLAIN PRINIA...


...and she was preparing to take it for her nestlings, who were not too far away:


prinia with worm


As we circled the pond area, we got the beautiful sight of this SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE, soaring on the thermals:


short-toed snake eagle

The pond also had a colony of BAYA WEAVER nests, with the beautiful birds nearby:


baya weaver on lantana

A couple of RED-WATTLED LAPWINGS also had nested on the far bank, and flew in and out with their typical calls:


red-wattled lapwing habitat landing


As we wound our way home, we got the bonus of this beautiful COMMON KESTREL:


common kestrel



We were back on the main road home when I said that we hadn't seen any BLACK-SHOULDERED KITES this time, and alakazam! there one was!


black-shouldered kite direct look


Add the butterflies, the plants, the flowers, the amphibians, the insects, the wonderful greenery, and the people, and that's my recipe for a fabulous weekend! Thank you, everyone who came with me.



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