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Basic Halli, 30 and 311010

In alphabetical order, Ashwini, Kiran, KM, Vineet, Vittal and I went to Basic Halli to participate in the Bird Survey that Anand had organized. As we were gathering to get into the car, I looked up and had my first migrant sighting for the day, the

SPOT-BILLED PELICANS:

pelicans overhd 301010



Here's a view of the basic tents and the basic pool:

basic halli kere 311010

Meals are simple, and I liked the traditional dishes a lot. Here's boiled corn-on-the-cob, which was our lunch starter on Sunday:

lunch starter 311010

Here's the array of food:


menu 311010

I delayed Harsha's lunch while I snapped his plate...that's the "rAgi muddE" ball on his plate, along with the colourful assortment of vegetables in the sAmbAr, and sweet potato "pAlyA":


ragi mudde plate 311010

We got about 75 species of birds (a lot of the birding had been done by the stalwarts before we reached there on Saturday evening, making our job very easy!)...some were common residents, like this

SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA:

scaly-breasted munia 311010

Some less so, like this

WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO:


white-bellied drongo 31010

and, of course, some uncommon sightings, like this

TAWNY EAGLE

tawny eagle 311010

and what was later identified as a

GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE

(a lifer for me):

greater spotted eagle 311010

(Sorry about those shots, the SX10 is not the camera for raptors soaring high overhead!)

Tiny creatures included this

ZEBRA BLUE:

zebra blue 311010

a metallically lovely

FLY:


fly 311010

I enjoy documenting ALL mammals, so here Homo sapiens krishnae:


camera krishna 311010

Rare sight to get him clicking a camera!

Here are some of us, as the call of the White-breasted Idli, the Speckled Chutney, and the Green Banana-leafbird took precedence over birding:


waiting for idlis 311010



And here we all are, as I mandated a group photo before we dispersed:

bird survey basic halli 311010

L to R: Ananda, Lobo, Swamy, Kiran, Karthik, Ulhas, Mani, Neelamma, Ashwini, Ramesh, Anand (with Bullet-the-Dog),Mohan, Raghu, Dipti,Vittal,Sandeep, Harsha, and Krishna.

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Tags: bangalore, birding, butterflies, food, friends, insects, kanakapura road, karnataka, photography, weekend
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