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Birds over the last weekend....,and one very unusual sighting

Since I was able to go birding to Bheemannakuppe kere on Saturday, and to the Ragihalli sheet rock/pond area on Sunday, I'd better combine the two for my field report...


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 :

oriental honey buzzard 061209







short-toed snake eagle 051209

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 senseless person learned scientist thought to name it after the size of its toes, I wonder?

Here's a view of the bird high above:


short-toed snake eagle 051209

I've already posted about the

BLACK-WINGED KITE

But even a juvenile

BRAHMINY KITE

brahminy kite juvenile 051209

looked so beautiful ....and adult and juvenile cavorted in the air together:


brahminy kite adult and juvenile 051209

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

ROSY PASTOR


rosy pastor 051209

at the kere, this

LITTLE CORMORANT

was telling its friend the

CATTLE EGRET

about the size of the fish that got away! (Notice the disbelieving look on the Egret's face!)


egret and cormorant 051209

The Egrets seemed to like congregating:




Even "common" birds like the

WHITE-CHEEKED BARBET

looked so beautiful with food in their beaks!


barbet with food 051209

Overhead, this

OPEN-BILLED STORK

painted stork 061209

I checked to see...but it wasn't carrying an open-billed baby!

We saw, and heard, several LARKS singing, and then this

PADDYFIELD PIPIT

paddyfield pippit 061209

decided to imitate a lark..it kept singing and singing! You can see its the pinkish-red in its mouth...my friend

AMS

says that all Paddyfiled Pipits have them...so this is a further diagnostic for me to learn!


A very unusual sighting, according to
Karthik

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

BLACK STORK

glossy ibis b kuppe kere 051209


A very rare sighting for the outskirts of Bangalore, Karthik informs me.


A group of

SPOT-BILLED DUCKS

that were on the water, took to their wings:

spot-billed ducks in flight 051209

that flash of green on their wings is wonderful.


The

CATTLE EGRETS

like to congregate!

egret convocation 051209

and they made a lovely picture upon the face of the waters:


egrets bheemannakuppe kere 051209

On the way back, we enjoyed the sight of these two

INDIAN SILVERBILLS

having a great bath!

silverbills barhing 051209


The Ragihalli trip gave me a lifer (that is, a bird sighted for the first time.)


On the Ragihalli sheet rock, we saw this

RUFOUS-TAILED LARK

running about unconcerned by us:


rufous-tailed lark ragihalli sheet rock 061209

On the net next to the temple by the pond, this

PIED BUSHCHAT female

pied bushchat female 061209

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 !

white-rumped munias ragihalli pond 061209

List from Ragihalli:


Babbler, White-headed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul,Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark,Indian
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Coucal, Greater
Dove, Spotted
Dove, Laughing
Drongo, Black
Egret,Cattle
Egret, Little
Francolin,Grey
Kestrel, Common
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Lark,Rufous-Tailed
Malkoha, Blue-Faced
Munia,White-rumped
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Golden (call...did yo see it Pappu?)
Parakeet, Rose-Ringed
Pigeon, Rock
Robin, Indian
Shrike, Long-Tailed
Sparrow, House
Sunbird,Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-Rumped
Tailor Bird
Tern, River
Wagtail, Pied
Warbler, Blyth's Reed

Baya weaver nests (no birds were seen)


From Bheemannakuppe Kere:


Bee-eater,Smallgreen
Bulbul,Red-whiskered
Bulbul,White-Browed
Bushlark,Indian
Bushchat,Pied
Buzzard,Oriental Honey
Cisticola,Zitting
Cormorant,Lesser
Drongo,Black
Dove,Laughing
Dove,Spotted
Duck,Spot-billed
Eagle,Short-toed Snake
Egret,Cattle
Egret,Intermediate
Egret,Little
Francolin, Grey
Grebe,Little
Greenshank
Harrier,Marsh ( ? )
Heron,Grey
Heron,Pond
Heron,Purple
Koel,Asian
Munia,Scaly breasted
Lapwing,Red-wattled
Parakeet,Rose-ringed
Pigeon,Rock
Pipit,Olive backed(or tree pipit?)
Pipit,Paddyfield
Robin,Indian
Kestrel,Common
Kingfisher,White-breasted
Kingfisher,Pied
Kingfisher,Small Blue
Kite,Black Shouldered
Sandpiper,Common
Sandpiper,Green
Shrike, Long-tailed
Silverbills, Indian
Sparrow,House
Sparrowlark,Ashy-Crowned
Starling,Rosy
Stork,Open-billed
Stork,Black
Stork,Painted
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird,Purple-rumped
Swallow,Barn
Swallow, Red-Rumped
Tailorbird, Common
Wagtail,White-browed
Warbler,Blyth's Reed
Warbler, Greenish Leaf (call)




I leave you with this colourful scene of the

WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER

at Ragihalli kere, adding its dash of blue to the greenery, and the white and pink of the lantanas and waterlilies:

kingfisher colourscape 061209
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