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Ragihalli/Shivanahalli,..the birds, 271110

When Hrishikesh, Prajakta, Tharangini and I went on the road to Ragihalli and Shivanahalli, we started out with dark, overcast skies, and a complete lack of birding activity..to the point where we started wondering if we should just turn tail and go back home! But our first stop, near a temple, was rather productive; surprisingly, we found a lot of yellow birds together: White-eyes, Ioras, and the

EURASIAN GOLDEN ORIOLES

gldn oriole 271110



Almost immediately, on one of the small teak trees, I, er, spotted this

SPOTTED OWLET

peeping out:

owlet peep 271110

A crow promptly chased it into the peepal tree under which the small shrine was, and from there, it looked at us alertly:


spotted owlet 2711110

Right opposite the shrine, we had the usual "in-the-leaves" view of these two

GREATER COUCALS

skulking and hiding themselves as much as possible!


two coucals 271110


Throughout the outing, we saw only this lone

EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE:


clrd dove 2711110

We then went to the Ragihalli sheet rock, and there was a lone

JERDON'S BUSHLARK

very surprisingly, the bird sat perfectly still, and flew off only after several minutes:


jerdon's bushlark 271110 shtrk rgihali

The sheet-rock area then lived up to its usual reputation, with this

EGYPTIAN VULTURE

soaring past overhead:


egyptian vulture rghli sht rock 2711110

At several places, we had good sightings of the

SHIKRA:

shikra 271110

This

PADDYFIELD PIPIT

let us watch it for a while:


pdyfld pipt 271110

Here it is, eating its breakfast:



The lack of lighting ensured that all I got of the various raptors were silhouette shots. Here are a couple of raptors;

Karthik

says this might be one of the

SPOTTED EAGLES:


un id raptor


this is probably the

SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE
:

Update, Dipu feels this is probably a

BOOTED EAGLE:


Photobucket




The silhouette of the

ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD

of course, is better known to me:


ohb 271110





Bird list:

Babber, Yellow-eyed
Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Tawny-bellied
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, PIed
Bushlark, Jerdon's
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Black
Drongo, White-bellied
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Spotted
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Heron, Pond
Hoopoe
Iora, Common
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Lark, Rufous-tailed
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Minivet, Small
Mynah, Common
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prina, Plain
Prinia, Ashy
Robin,Indian
Roller, Indian
Shikra
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Starling, Rosy
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Treepie, Rufous
Vulture, Egyptian
Wagtail, Pied
White-eye, Oriental



So we ended our outing pretty satisfied with all that we'd seen, and the excellent breakfast provided by my "lady hotelier" at Ragihalli, and a light lunch at Bannerghatta Circle!

Tags: bannerghatta, birding, forest, ntp, photography, video, weekend
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