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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 031010

I was very happy to have my friends Abhijit, Ammu and Hassath over from Delhi. AMS has been an unfailing source of help with my faltering steps in birdwatching, and has never once laughed at the mistakes I keep making!

So off we went (with AMS' friend Vinay, Rohit, and Krupakar at almost the last minute!)...so of course, the sun was still playing hide and seek with the cloud and the trees. However, the drizzle that we started with, did stop, and the sun came shining through the foliage:

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We ambled through the paths, and the recent rain gave us the sight of this collection of diamonds, strung up in the air...imagine the Giant Wood Spider who has a house of diamonds, that any millionaire might envy!

web in the air 031010 bg

It was lovely to see the winter visitors to our shores; I enjoyed listening to several GREENISH LEAF WARBLERS singing together in the trees, a joyous sound. We also saw two PIED KINGFISHERS flying in formation to their perch above the "Croc Pond", and three

GREY WAGTAILS

swooped and dipped and chased each other through the trees...and one finally landed on a branch as if to pose for us!


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Our residents are no less beautiful...it was fun to watch this

COPPERSMITH BARBET

pretending to be a woodpecker, pecking at the bark of the tree to get breakfast.

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I took a shot of the JLR Hill View Restaurant as we left, with the hillock behind still shrouded in the clouds...

jlr hill view restaurant 031010

I only wish, when there are jeeps and other cars and regular traffic on the roads, Forest Guards would not keep telling us we are not allowed on the public paths! Several jeeps and vans sped on their way past us while we were there, but we heeded the words of the guards and walked away, missing our regular sighting of the TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER.

The bird list:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler,Tawny-bellied
Barbet,Coppersmith
Barbet,White-cheeked
Bee-eater Small Green
Bulbul,Red-vented
Bulbul,Red-whiskered
Bulbul,White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark,Jerdon's
Buzzard,Oriental Honey
Cormorant,Little
Crow, House
Crow,,Jungle
Dove,Laughing
Dove,Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Drongo,White-bellied
Egret,Little
Flycatcher,Asian Brown
Flycatcher,Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Francolin, Grey
Heron,Indian Pond
Kingfisher,Pied
Kingfisher,Small Blue
Kingfisher,White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite,Brahminy
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Leafbird,Golden-fronted
Munia,Scaly-breasted
Mynah,Brahminy
Mynah,Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Prinia,Grey-breasted
Prinia,Plain
Prinia.Ashy
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Shikra
Shrike,Brown
Silverbill,Indian
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird,Purple-rumped
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swift, House
Tailorbird,Common
Treepie, Rufous
Wagtail, Grey
Wagtail,Pied
Warbler, Greenish Leaf
White-eye,Oriental


Rohit, meanwhile, was getting some butterflies:

Common Cerulean (wsf)
Blue, Tiny Grass
Bushbrown, Common
Bushbrown, Long Brand
Grass Yellow, Common
Grass Yellow, Three-Ring
Jezebel, Common
Psyche
Swift,Bevan's
Tiger, Common


Tags: bannerghatta, birding, delhi, friends, national park, photography, weekend, zoo
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