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Birds and other creatures at Manchinabele

We were pretty lucky with our sightings and observations on the Manchinabele trip on the 21st of November; apart from the

TAWNY EAGLE

tawny eagle dark morph 211109

I also got, thanks to Manju, a first-time-ever sighting, and observation, of the

WHITE-NAPED WOODPECKER

high up in a

TAMARIND tree


white-naped woodpecker m'bele 211109



High up, along with the Tawny Eagle and the BLACK KITES, was a

SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE


short-toed snake eagle 211109

I thought this was a

WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW

wire-tailed swallow 211109

but actually, some of our group said that some

BARN SWALLOWS

also have a short wire tail...so I don't know exactly which bird it is now! I assumed that the presence of the wire tail meant a Wire-Tailed Swallow...wrong as usual!

I enjoyed watching the

ROSE-RINGED PARAKEETS

racketing about, trying to investigate likely holes in the trunk for their nests:

parakeets 211109

We stopped at a pond where lots of

BLACK-HEADED MUNIAS

were flying about in the reeds;

black-headed munias 211109

It was lovely watching them:





In the paddy fields, a couple of

WHITE-BREASTED WATERHENS

were running around in a hectic way!

white-breasted waterhens

We heard the "kook!kook!kook!" repetitive calls of the

COPPERSMITH BARBETS


and saw a couple of them on a tree rather far off:


coppersmith barbets 211109

Even common birds like the

PIED BUSHCHAT

211109 manchinabele pied bushchat taking off

and the

GREY HERON

made off while we were far off....



grey heron flight 211109


I liked those going-away shots!




We watched several

BAYA WEAVERS

entering and leaving their nests:




Other creatures were also very interesting...first, the HUGE cloud of

MIDGES

were rather difficult to capture on camera:

cloud of midges 211109

But Garima spotted this

BRAHMINY SKINK

and it allowed us to snap off a few quick shots:

brahminy skink 211109

and there were plenty of

ROCK AGAMAS

around, basking on the rocks as the sun went up:


rock agama 211109


Everywhere in the grass, the

BLUES

were flitting around, ceaselessly:

manchinabele blue b'fly 211109

It was hypnotic, watching the

POND SKATES

dart about on the surface of the water:









I compare my learning to this shoot, reaching beyond what's old to something new and fresh:

new shoot 211109


Here's a 360-degree view of the Manchinabele backwaters, with the beautiful

LITTLE EGRETS floating in to land...





A beautiful place, and an enjoyable outing...I took the train to Chennai feeling very happy indeed.
Tags: bangalore, bird of prey, birding, butterflies, insects, karnataka, lizard, manchinabele, photography
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