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Valley School Birding...end of year

Yes, when I get back from Chennai I promise to do my field trip reports on Kaziranga...but I cannot resist, meanwhile, doing my field trip report on Valley School last Saturday, when Vittal , Trupti, Adu, and Trupti's niece Pallavi went off to one of my favourite places....

We met up with sharathm and his friends, and Garima Bhatia and Gayathri Naik, too.

Here are a few samplings:

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That beautiful ASHY DRONGO sat on the fruit pod, delicately balanced, and opened the account along with several LARKS, BEE-EATERS, MAGPIE ROBINS and INDIAN ROBINS!

Almost immediately, afterwards, several WHITE-THROATED FANTAIL FLYCATCHERS (you can see how they got their name, at least, the fantail part!) danced around in the bushes, enthralling us:



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On we went, to the Banyan tree, where several SMALL MINIVETS (what's the idea of saying both "small" and "mini" to describe what are not very small birds?)

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I pointed out the COPPERSMITH BARBET to Pallavi, and she enjoyed looking at the colours:


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Pallavi certainly lived up to her reputation of being lucky for bird sightings; this BROWN SHRIKE was proof enough...

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Then Vittal got a good shot of the PIED CUCKOO, and we were able to see this COMMON HAWK CUCKOO (which, because of its call, is called the "Brainfever Bird")

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This beautiful GOLDEN ORIOLE posed in the sunlight for all of us:


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And as we decided to go home, the sight of these INDIAN GREY HORNBILLS flying in in their typical flight pattern was a great bonus:


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We also saw two ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARDS circling in the lower area to the right of the path, opposite the school property; alas, we could not get photographs, but it was a sight to see!

Not bad for a less-than-one-hour jaunt, eh? Thank you Pallavi! :)
Tags: bangalore, birding, kanakapura road, karnataka, ntp, photography, school, travel
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