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LOTS of birds...

Non-birders... please exkoos, as they say here.

We took a trip to Maidanahalli ("village of the open meadows") on

Rajyotsava Day

...it proved to be a birding bonanza! It was as if Karnataka just wanted to shower us with sightings and observations!


The day started with the usual CKMP (Crow Kite Mynah Pigeon)...but the raptor quotient went up sharply with the sighting of this

WHITE=EYED BUZZARD

in its rocky habitat:

white-eyed buzzard in habitat 011109


Later, the bird soared in large circles:



white-eyed buzzard 011109

Next came this

BOOTED EAGLE



booted eagle 011109 madhugiri area




A little later, we stopped to see this

EGYPTIAN VULTURE

drifting towards us!

egyptian vulture 011109

On a wire, we saw this female

KESTREL


female kestrel 011109


keeping it company was the

INDIAN ROLLER

...it was good to see the State Bird of Karnataka on the anniversary of the State's formation!

roller and kestrel 011109


On several side-roads, we found a variety of birds amongst the crops and the rocks.

Here's the


SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA

nest that we saw first:

scaly-breasted munia nest 011109


Just look at the way the pattern on the Munia's breast matches that of the millet! What lovely camouflage!



scaly-breasted munia 011109



Later, we saw several of them; here are Garima and Rajneesh, clicking the beauty of the Munias swinging and feeding on the stalks of millet:





In Maidanahalli, we suddenly found this

MONTAGU'S HARRIER

(well, it could also be a female PALLID HARRIER, experts tell me that there's not much difference between the females of the two harriers)

sitting on the road, and then it took off over the fields:

montagu's harrier

On the rocky outcrops were the

SIRKEER MALKOHA

sirkeer habitat 011109

the

YELLOW-BILLED BABBLER

white-eyed babbler 011109


and a two specimens of that beautiful,common bird, the

SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER


bee-eater habitat 011109

On the wires were birds such as the

INDIAN SILVERBILL

indian silverbill 011109

and the

BLUE ROCK THRUSH

blue rock thrush 011109

The lantana scrub suddenly revealed a pair of the

GREY FRANCOLIN

grey francolin 011109



and in a small village thorn scrub, I tried to quickly catch the

ASIAN KOEL


koel feeding 011109

as it fed on the berries


GREATER COUCAL

coucal 011109

as it hopped up an acacia tree.

Suddenly, one of us (very sharp-eyed!) managed to spot, on a banyan tree, the

ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER


asian brown flycatcher

However, this

SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE


short-toed snake eagle 011109

actually came soaring right overhead, making us scramble out of the car for shots!

One of the last of the birds on the trip was the beautiful

HOOPOE

hoopoe 011109

so many birds made for a very contented group of birders!


As I came home, memories of a trip to Ragihalli with Rajeev Kashyap, where I had seen common birds such as


INDIAN ROBIN


indian robin 301009 ragihalli rajeev kashyap

SMALL MINIVET

small minivet ragihalli 301009

SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER



small green bea-eater 301009

BAYA WEAVER


baya weaver 301009 ragihalli


and the less common

ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE


oriental turtle dove 3011009 ragihalli




...and the trip to Ramnagara to see the not-at-all common

LONG-BILLED VULTURE


longbilled vulture ramnagara 241009

came to mind, too...so, right now, you can, quite rightly, call me a bird-brain!




Grey Francolin
White-Cheeked Barbet
Common Hoopoe
Indian Roller
White-Throated Kingfisher
Green Bee-Eater
Common Hawk Cuckoo ?
Indian Koel
Greater Coucal
Sirkeer Malkoha
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Rock Pigeon
Laughing Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-Breasted Waterhen
Black-Shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Brahminy Kite
Egyptian Vulture
Short-Toed Snake Eagle
Montagu's Harrier (or Pallid Harrier ?)
Shikra
Oriental Honey-Buzzard
White-Eyed Buzzard
Booted Eagle
Common Kestrel
Little Grebe
Cormorant ?
Egret ?
Indian Pond Heron
Purple Heron
Painted Stork
Asian Openbill ?
Brown Shrike
Bay-Backed Shrike
Large-Billed Crow
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Blue Rock Thrush
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Oriental Magpie Robin
Indian Robin
Pied Bushchat
Common Myna
Jungle Myna
Red-Rumped Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-Vented Bulbul
Plain Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Common Tailorbird (heard)
Yellow-Eyed Babbler
Yellow-Billed Babbler
Jerdon's Bushlark
Ashy-Crowned Sparrow Lark
Purple Sunbird
Purple-Rumped Sunbird
House Sparrow
White-Browed Wagtail
Baya Weaver
Red Avadavat
Indian Silverbill
Scaly-Breasted Munia

Black Baza (imaginary) :)


List of birds on the Ragihalli trip:

Indian Bushlark
Jerdon's Bushlark
Ashy Prinia
Tailor Bird
Baya Weaver
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Pond Heron
Black Kite
Brahminy Kite
Common Mynah
Jungle Mynah
Small Green Bee-Eater
Indian Silverbill
Spotted Dove
Laughing Dove
Grey Francolin
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Black Drongo
Indian Robin
Pied Bushchat
Red-Wattled Lapwing
Red-Rumped Swallows
Purple-Rumped Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Loten's Sunbird
Jungle Babbler
Blue-Faced Malkoha
Greater Coucal
Asian Koel
Pied Wagtail
Verditer Flycatcher
Oriental Turtle Dove
White-Breasted Kingfisher
House Crow
House Sparrow
Jungle Crow
Scaly-Breasted Munia
White-Cheeked Barbet

I have yet to make the list on the Turahalli/Galibore/Ramnagara trip, the highlights of which were the

Sirkeer Malkoha

and the

Long-Billed Vulture.


Tags: birding, karnataka, nature, photography, scenery, tumkur, weekend, wildlife
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