This is the
After a long gap of time, I saw an
ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN
It was lovely to see a crowd of
POMPADOUR GREEN PIGEONS
atop this bare tree:
Another view of a few:
group flew past in an aerodynamic Vee formation:
And closer to the ground, the chirpy
group announced that they were thriving here, at least!
I never got a good shot of the
it skulked too successfully in the bushes for me...but I got its feather!
The mammal list was:
Boar, Wild (and a rowdy lot they were, too!)
Elephant, Indian (er, difficult to spot the African elephant here!)
Gaur (a herd came right up to the stream near the home-stay, and our driver had to move the car hurriedly.)
Ravi, our guide, spotted the elephants when we were really far off from them; they were across the lake, on Thondala betta:
The next morning, too, we sighted a few:
Here's a video to show the far-offness of the first lot of elephants!
are beautiful, no matter how common they are at Bandipur!
But our nature trail yielded a lot of Life Under Foot, and apart from the
SIX-SPOT GROUND BEETLE
CRIMSON MARSH GLIDER (Trithemis aurora)( thanks for the id, Uma!)
foregathering on the tip of this shoot, for some reason (tasting the sap?)
The monochrome beauty of the
and this un id
I wondered what this was, and Ravi told me that it was the top of a termite mound, which the boars break open to eat up the termites inside:
In the home-stay, on the blue-painted pillar, a
was busy catching breakfast:
and elsewhere, this dead insect was being taken home by industrious ants, to feed their colony:
A lot of the flora was very interesting, too. Here is the
tree, used for furniture:
I was enchanted by the dessicated beauty of this
I wonder if this field-border plant is
...it looked so beautiful against the sky!
Its flowers were lovely, too.
One of the shrines in Lokkere village stood under the shade of a gigantic
I could not id these lovely seedpods, which were like inflated balloons:
Ravi showed us a thorny plant with edible berries:
Here's a closeup of them, before they went into my mouth! (They were seed-crunchy and tasty!)
The bird-list is:
Bee-eater, Small Green
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Eagle, Short-toed Snake
Pigeon, Pompadour Green
is the last on that list, here's a pic of the bird admiring itself in the water of the Chik Yelchetti stream:
With all this to see, the scenic beauty of the villages, and the eco-activities, Chik Yelchetti is a great place to stay in!