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The Youngest Birder

It was a delightful suprise to this clicker



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when DnA asked me if they could take KTB (Kavya-the-Biddles) birding to Valley School...so off we went this morning! At the age of 1 year and 2 months, she is definitely the youngest birdwatcher I know.

Here's the family, all ready to start birding:


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We were, quite literally, up with the lark...at least, this

JERDON'S BUSHLARK:


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We were soon joined by the Valley School dog (there were 3, actually)


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Our sightings started on a high note when we saw this

ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD

atop a tree:

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Then I pointed out the

LAUGHING DOVE



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and the

ASHY PRINIA

sitting on the same tin roof!

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A

SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA

was obviously engaged in home construction:



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DnA enjoyed seeing the "clown" red cheek patches of the

RED-WHISKERED BULBUL:

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they all listened to the

ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN

singing:

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They didn't know that the

WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER

ate insects as well as fish:


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My daughter spotted the

BLUE-FACED MALKOHA

ahead of everyone:

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KM, meanwhile, looked at the

WHITE-BROWED BULBUL:

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It was lovely to see this

COPPERSMITH BARBET

visiting its nest, without any fear of us!


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These juvenile

GREEN BEE-EATERS

made a lovely picture against the blue sky:



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At the pond area, we watched the resident

TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER

singing so beautifully:





There was a

FANTAIL FLYCATCHER

too, but I couldn't get a photograph!

At the far edge of the pond, I saw these

COMMON MOORHENS:

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It was fun to watch people going single file across the pond bund:

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Though KTB was generally well-behaved, there were episodes of "Carry me! I won't walk any more!" (Sometimes, on long birding trips, I also feel like doing the same!)


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DnA enjoyed clicking each other as much as their surroundings:

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I caught some of the butterflies around, alas, not all of them!

Here's a

WHITE-YELLOW TIP:

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This dragonfly's a

SCARLET MARSH HAWK:


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and a

TAWNY COSTER:

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I pointed out the copper pods that give the

COPPER-POD SHIELD-BEARER TREE

its name:

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KTB, of course, also enjoyed the antics of this puppy....

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and, even more, the antics of this baby

MACAQUE:

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So, though the need for KTB's breakfast, and the increasing heat, cut our birding trip short, it was a most enjoyable one, and here are DnAnK, posing for us....

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Three cheers for the youngest birder I know!


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Bird List:

Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-Eater, Small Green
Bulbul,Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat,Pied
Bushlark, Indian
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Coucal,Larger
Crow,House
Crow,Jungle
Egret,Cattle
Fantail, White-browed
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (Rufous male)
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite,Black
Koel,Asian
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Moorhen, Common
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Mynah, Common
Mynah,Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Robin,Indian
Robin,Oriental Magpie
Sparrow,House
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow,Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift,Common
Tailorbird, Common

Not bad for less than 2 hours!

KTB id'd EVERY bird correctly... whenever she saw a bird, she said "bubbuh", which means bird, and you can't get more correct than that!
Tags: babies, bangalore, birding, daughter, families, grand, kanakapura road, school, weekend
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