Here's my guide and her trusty steed:
We bumped over the bumpy bits, rode over the smooth, and we just went 5 km from the Bannerghatta Circle (where the Police Station is)... and got such a wide variety of things to see and enjoy!
We started off with these mating
Now, all my pictures will be dark and difficult to see...because it was a cloudy, overcast morning, often having a fine drizzle. So...here are my SMS of ...
sitting companionably on the wire:
COMMON BABBLER(thanks, Rajneesh!)
on the wire, too:
on the slopes, the
this plant, belonging to the
family, was in full bloom:
in the rock pools, we found this lovely plant:
We found this small temple, which I have dubbed the shrine of the 4-Tiger Goddess!
Near it, we found the MISTLETOE plant:
these PEEPUL and BANYAN trees had been "married" together according to religious custom:
Most of the action we saw, however, was at this small
There was a colony of
overhanging the pond...
It was an active colony; here's one Weaver...weaving!
Suddenly, we noticed some
trying to muscle in on the colony, with nesting material!
Here's some of the action:
We savoured the beauty of the waterlilies:
and some of the other denizens, can you spot the frog?
On the bank sat a
SMALL BLUE KINGFISHER:
On the way, we saw this majestic, huge
and I would NEVER have been able to spot the
deep inside it, unless Sangeetha had shown it to me!
Just looking around was a wonderful experience. The sun shone weakly through the clouds, over the thorned gates of the forest area:
We stopped to get some little thimblefuls of tea from a small shop, and the owner, who didn't want herself or her little daughter Saranya, photographed, told us about a kalyANi (well) that was close by, so both of us had a very pleasant walk to it...and found a temple to Bhavani there:
Here's the sign:
Several "pArijAthA" trees had been planted, and the flowers were strewn on the ground:
We found this un id fruit, somewhat like a guava:
Sangeetha showed me this beautiful flower:
the nAg dEvtA (snake deities) stones looked lovely:
as did the navagrahAs (nine planets):
We saw this extremely weird-looking insect (caterpillar? I don't know!) moving along the rock:
had taken over this bush!
The highlights of the trip were the raptors that we saw...this beautiful (er, lousy shot, but exkoos pliss)
being mobbed by the Black Kites:
Here's a bigger SMS:
We also sighted a
SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE:
and right at the beginning, we saw this
doing its hovering act:
Eagle, Short-toed Snake
I'm sure I've left out some....Sangeetha will tell me after looking at the list.
Let me close with the image of this
(thanks for the correct id, Rajneesh)
(its secretions can make your skin feel as if it's on fire, and raise a blister, so my macro work was very careful!)
Just a short morning's trip, but so packed with interesting things, that it felt very satisfactory, indeed! Thank you, Sangeetha, for introducing this part of the Bannerghatta Forest to me!