My trip to Bheemannakuppe kerE (kerE means, lake or pond in Kannada) on Saturday was with Abhisheka Gopal, Anjali Anantharam, S R Gopalan, Girish Mayachari, Harsha Joshi, Sangeetha Kadur, and Suma.... and the group on Sunday, to Ragihalli, consisted of a member of the Madras Naturalists' Society, Padmanabhan, and his friends Sandhya, visiting from New York, and Kavita and Rajesh from Bangalore. The last three were coming out birding for the very first time!
One raptor that we saw on both days was the
ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD :
At Bheemannakuppe kere (kerE means pond or lake in Kannada), we spotted the
SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE
I ask you, when the raptor is flying at that height, which
Here's a view of the bird high above:
I've already posted about the
But even a juvenile
looked so beautiful ....and adult and juvenile cavorted in the air together:
but apart from the raptors, there were several birds that caught our attention, and were caught by my camera....
After the kite the next bird that we saw flocks of, was the
at the kere, this
was telling its friend the
about the size of the fish that got away! (Notice the disbelieving look on the Egret's face!)
The Egrets seemed to like congregating:
Even "common" birds like the
looked so beautiful with food in their beaks!
I checked to see...but it wasn't carrying an open-billed baby!
We saw, and heard, several LARKS singing, and then this
decided to imitate a lark..it kept singing and singing! You can see its the pinkish-red in its mouth...my friend
says that all Paddyfiled Pipits have them...so this is a further diagnostic for me to learn!
A very unusual sighting, according to
was this bird that flew past:
He gently prodded me that my id of GLOSSY IBIS was wrong, and lo and behold, my "Grimmskipp" showed me that it was, actually, the
A very rare sighting for the outskirts of Bangalore, Karthik informs me.
A group of
that were on the water, took to their wings:
that flash of green on their wings is wonderful.
like to congregate!
and they made a lovely picture upon the face of the waters:
On the way back, we enjoyed the sight of these two
having a great bath!
The Ragihalli trip gave me a lifer (that is, a bird sighted for the first time.)
On the Ragihalli sheet rock, we saw this
running about unconcerned by us:
On the net next to the temple by the pond, this
PIED BUSHCHAT female
sat upon the net in the most endearing manner.
I had id'd these Munias as BLACK-HEADED MUNIAS while watching them; it was only when I got home and saw, on the photographs, the streaks on their bodies and their other characteristic, that I realized we'd been looking at
WHITE-RUMPED MUNIAS !
List from Ragihalli:
Bee-eater, Small Green
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Oriole, Golden (call...did yo see it Pappu?)
Warbler, Blyth's Reed
Baya weaver nests (no birds were seen)
From Bheemannakuppe Kere:
Harrier,Marsh ( ? )
Pipit,Olive backed(or tree pipit?)
Warbler, Greenish Leaf (call)
I leave you with this colourful scene of the
at Ragihalli kere, adding its dash of blue to the greenery, and the white and pink of the lantanas and waterlilies: