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3rd Sunday bngbirds outing, from Ramakrishna Ashram, Shivanahalli, into Bannerghatta Forest : 171010

Today's outing was both more interesting, and longer-lasting, than I had anticipated. I've been to the Ramakrishna Ashram several times, and we've always just walked a little past the campus and come back. So today I was very surprised to be able to go for quite a longish trek up hill and down dale!

Here are a few of us, in the morning, with the Swamiji of the Ashram:


with swamiji shivanahalli 171010




Here we are, setting off in orderly way, in single file!


single file 171010




It was nice to be able to meet kaadupapa after a very long time. I didn't know he'd come back to Bangalore and for the first few minutes was thinkng if it WAS him or someone who looked like him! It was great to be with him and Ulhas, and their group, because they look at all creatures, great and small, AND trees and plants, as well. I am indebted to them for showing me the

SUNDEW PLANT

but apart from that, we sighted many birds, including several

SMALL MINIVETS:

small minivet 171010

(Ulhas will be putting up the birds,butteflies,mammals and others list, I'm afraid I was lazy about it today!)


Small things that we saw included this pupal case of a dragonfly:


pupal case of dragonfly 171010


Several more of those "float-down-on-a-single-thread-of-silk" moth caterpillars, that I had seen near the Zoo area:


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This gorgeous and un id nymph of a bug on a outcrop:


un id bug 171010

A

LYNX SPIDER

was enjoying breakfast:


lynx spider with prey 171010

So was a dragonfly, a

WANDERING GLIDER:


dragonfly with prey 171010


There were a few brilliantly coloured bugs in the rock pools:


unid bug in rock pool 171010



Here's Siddappa, our guide, who remained fresh as the proverbial daisy at the end of the outing!


siddappa our guide 171010

Harsha told me that the

AGAVE

is the tallest infloresence:

agave tallest 171010


I got this young woman beginning the "kOlam" for the Dashami festival:

making the kOlam 171010


Climbing up the rock was not easy in the hot sun, but we were rewarded with the beauty of the rock pools once we'd climbed up:

rock pool 171010


And...here's a 360 degree view from the top of the sheet rock near the Shivanahalli ashram (I think this is Ragihalli Betta)




What natural beauty I have, half an hour from my home!


And of course, from the top we could see some larger creatures....here's a

TUSKER:


tusker 171010

which we were trying to photograph:


photographing elephants

Quite tired, but very satisfied with all that we'd seen, we came back to the Ashram to have "uppittu", with chutney, and coffee:


uppittu, chatni,coffee 171010

The Ashram people are always so hospitable!




Let me close with this

DANAID EGGFLY

which posed for us:


danaid eggfly 171010


A wonderful outing, though it took far longer than I'd planned on!

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Off to Kabini very early tomorrow...back on Wednesday, with more memories, hopefully!
Tags: bannerghatta, birding, butterflies, flowers, forest, insects, national park, ntp, people, photography, rock, scenery, weekend, wildlife
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