deponti (deponti) wrote,

JLRNTP-1, March 27,28,29,2009

I went, as usual, to meet all the people who took the NTP....this time, there has been a full contingent (the accomodation at the Bannerghatta property of JLR is 8 X 2, and 17 people had registered, which meant that three of the young women have had to share one tent!

I realized that I knew several members beforehand, but it was nice to meet others for the first time, too!

The group was a very nice one, including a mother-daughter duo, and another young couple who had brought their delightful five-year-old, Arohi, along with them. Arohi and I had a great time swinging on the suspended tyre in the campus, and trailing around the place while the others were getting edified!

Here's the very intelligent, articulate little girl (sorry, young female person):

arohi jlrntp 270309 bg

After the day's classroom session was over, we went out on the Nature trail, and this time, I had a little longer with the group, thanks to Karthik. I remarked on these seeds of the SHOREA tree (thanks Karthik!) that looked like flowers themselves:

leaf-like flowers ntp 270309

A woody, thorny plant bore sweet-smelling white flowers:

un id white flower jlrntp 270309

I could not id this fruit which looked like a smaller version of the mahogany seed pods:

un id fruit ntp 270309

The INDIAN LABURNUM was shedding its "shower of gold" upon the ground:

indian laburnum jlrntp 270309

I didn't get to photograph too many birds in the short while that I was there, but it was nice to see some birds giving a practical demo of behaviour that Karthik had just explained. Here's a (possibly GREATER) COUCAL doing a "direct scratch" (that is, not with its leg over the wing):

direct scratching coucal jlrntp 270309

I was able to get this exceedingly lousy picture (those birds can MOVE!) of the COMMON IORA hawking for insects in the air; if you look closely at the smudge that the Iora is, you can see the insect in its mouth!

iora hawking insect ntp 270309

It was also good to be able to show some of the first-time birders, why some birds are called's a SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER, bee-eating!

270309 jlrntp bee-eater

And as if to serve as an example of water birds, this WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER sat on a rock in the pond area, made white by cormorant droppings:

white-breasted kingfisher jlrntp 270309

In the JACARANDA trees, everywhere, the PURPLE SUNBIRDS were busy, craning their scrawny little necks to get greedily at the nectar in the flowers:

purple sunbird 270309

The only butterfly I was able to catch on camera was one named after a bird, too!

common crow jlrntp 270309

We did spot a COMMON MONGOOSE in the undergrowth, but the only mammal I photographed was the ever-increasing-in-numbers CHITAL:

270309 chital ntp

It was a lovely evening, too; the sun scudded through the clouds:

sun through clouds ntp bg 270309

It shone, too, through the bamboo thickets:

sunset through bamboo 270309

Well, here's most of the NTP group as they came up the forest trail, with Karthik in their midst; they are so earnest about learning as much as they can, that weekend!

jlrntp 270309

I do hope they enjoyed the program as much as I enjoyed meeting all of them (though I really had to chase up some of them to get their email ids and details!) and I hope they will be active members of the egroup, too!

Update: the minute I left, the group apparently sighted the Eurasian Eagle Owls, the only debate being whether there were two or three of them...*&^% Owls!! this is the first time I have gone on the Nature Trail with the NTP and not seen them!
Tags: bannerghatta, birding, forest, friends, jlr, jlrntp, karthik, national park, nature, ntp, photography, weekend, wildlife

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