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Chik Yelchetti: Flora and Fauna

We saw a variety of creatures on our trek near Chik Yelchetti, and into the forest area; I'm giving the bird-list at the end, but here are some of the living things that I C-on-C (Caught on Camera):

This is the

WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO:

white-bellied drongo 220910



After a long gap of time, I saw an

ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN

singing away:

oriental magpie robin 220910

It was lovely to see a crowd of

POMPADOUR GREEN PIGEONS

atop this bare tree:


yellow-footed green pigeons 220910

Another view of a few:


yellow-footed green pigeons 220910

Overhead, the

IBIS

group flew past in an aerodynamic Vee formation:

ibis vee 220910

And closer to the ground, the chirpy

HOUSE SPARROW

group announced that they were thriving here, at least!


sparrows on the wire 220910

I never got a good shot of the

COUCAL,

it skulked too successfully in the bushes for me...but I got its feather!


coucal feather 210910


The mammal list was:


Boar, Wild (and a rowdy lot they were, too!)
Deer, Spotted
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.)
Macaques, Bonnet

Ravi, our guide, spotted the elephants when we were really far off from them; they were across the lake, on Thondala betta:



elephants on the hillside 220910

The next morning, too, we sighted a few:


elephants in the distance 210910


Here's a video to show the far-offness of the first lot of elephants!





The

CHITAL

are beautiful, no matter how common they are at Bandipur!

spotted deer 220910


But our nature trail yielded a lot of Life Under Foot, and apart from the

SIX-SPOT GROUND BEETLE

and the

DUNG BEETLE

we saw....this

CRIMSON MARSH GLIDER (Trithemis aurora)( thanks for the id, Uma!)


Female of the crimson marsh glider Trithemis aurora.

these

ANTS

foregathering on the tip of this shoot, for some reason (tasting the sap?)


ants on twig 220910


The monochrome beauty of the

CHOCOLATE PANSY:

chocolate pansy 220910

and this un id

FROG:


un id frog


ants on dead insect

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:


bear-eaten termite mound

In the home-stay, on the blue-painted pillar, a

JUMPING SPIDER

was busy catching breakfast:


spider with prey 210910

and elsewhere, this dead insect was being taken home by industrious ants, to feed their colony:


ants on dead insect


A lot of the flora was very interesting, too. Here is the

MATTHI

tree, used for furniture:


matthi marA 220910


I was enchanted by the dessicated beauty of this

CACTUS

framework...

frameworks 220910


I wonder if this field-border plant is

SISAL

...it looked so beautiful against the sky!


hedge plant

Its flowers were lovely, too.

un id hedge plant like sisal flwrs

One of the shrines in Lokkere village stood under the shade of a gigantic

FICUS:

ficus 220910

I could not id these lovely seedpods, which were like inflated balloons:


balloon-like seedpods

Ravi showed us a thorny plant with edible berries:

un id berries 210910

Here's a closeup of them, before they went into my mouth! (They were seed-crunchy and tasty!)

berries in hand 210910


The bird-list is:


Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, White-headed
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungel
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotte
Drongo, Black
Drongo,White-bellied
Eagle, Short-toed Snake
Egret, Little
Francolin, Grey
Grebe, Little
Ibis, Black
Ibis, Black-headed
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-winged
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Golden
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Peafowl
Pigeon, Pompadour Green
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Robin, Indian
Robin,Oriental Magpie
Shikra
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Treepie, Rufous
Wagtail, Grey
Wagtail, Pied



Since the

PIED WAGTAIL

is the last on that list, here's a pic of the bird admiring itself in the water of the Chik Yelchetti stream:


wagtail admiring itself 220910

With all this to see, the scenic beauty of the villages, and the eco-activities, Chik Yelchetti is a great place to stay in!
Tags: bandipur, birding, butterflies, dragonflies, elephants, home, insects, karnataka, ntp, photography, plants, reptiles, spider, tree, video, wildlife
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