Here we are, at Hessarghatta, tucking into some pre-breakfast breakfast:
Breakfast after this, included Neer Dosa, pathrOde, and lots of other delicious things!
Here are some of us, with our cameras:
While there were several raptors sighted, they were not really photographable (at least, by me.)So, here, instead is this beautiful
JERDON'S BUSHLARK (thank you, Guru)on top of a tree:
The only raptor I got on my MLC was this
nearby sat a
showing its bandit mask:
and I got a
Everywhere, there were
ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW LARKS
on the path.
Some of them were "rufous-crowned" because of the muddy area!
I loved the sight of these radiating arcs of
were silhouetted against the cloudy sky, too:
flew across in formation:
I got an SMS of a
with a grasshopper in its mouth:
then sighted a
of course, the
liked to pose!
I got both the male
GROUND SKIMMER (thank you, Uma!)
and the female:
FROG (Fejavarya sp)
another, which Sesh tells me is an
ORNATE NARROW-MOUTHED FROG (Microhyla ornata)
looked like flowers:
and Rajneesh pointed out these orange ones:
even a very tiny
looked so beautiful!
as did the small
Of course, I loved documenting the
and was careful not to get this
"ITCHY POOCHI" (I don't know what it's called in English, we call it "kambLi poochi" in Tamizh...contact with it causes intense itching)
there were millions of these tiny
this one is a
SLATE FLASH (what a lovely name!)
I enjoyed the camouflage of this
I left it to those with the high-end cameras and the large lenses to get the raptor photos; but I was able to get a reasonable photograph of the beautiful Kestrel....
But...going to Hessarghatta takes up FAR too much driving time, I feel!