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Gulakmale (pronounced guLakmalE) 041210, NTP

Once again, four of us NTP's got together...this time it was Shreeram (who came back home at 11pm the previous night!), Hrishikesh, Tharangini and I....and Shreeram took us to Gulakmale, beyond Valley School, turning off from Kanakapura Road, and taking various lefts and rights that I didn't keep track of.

I got the Gulakmale sign in Kannada through the rear window, only as we were leaving:

gulakmale 041210 sign

One of our first sightings was this beautiful female


fml koel 041210

The overcast skies meant that photography was an uphill job, and the others, who have (of course) much higher standards than I do, were bemoaning the fact that one could not get good shots. But one need never worry about getting SMS! Here's one of a


with nesting material:

brnmy nesting mtl 041210

A beautiful


sat in the Eucalyptus, high above me:

babbler 041210



sat on the wire and sang beautifully:

o mgp rbn 041210

Tharangini is very particular that the bird must be photographed only on a natural perch, but a "bird on the wire" photograph doesn't bother me.

However, I got this


in the fields, with nice greens and browns throwing the white out in contrast:

egret 041210

I found several


in the eucalyptus trees, and shot straight into the sky:

pale-bld flwrpkr 041210

At a considerable distance, on a large tree, sat a


whose colours were being admired by the crow!

pntd stk 041210

As there were not many reeds, I was not expecting to see these beautiful


white-r munia 041210

Babbler, Yellow-billed
Bee-eaters, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Cormorant, Little
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Coucal, Greater
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Egret, Little
Egret, Intermediate
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Heron, Pond
Ibis, Black
Iora, Common
Kestrel, Common
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Minivet, Small
Munia, White-rumped
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Sandpiper, Common
Stork, Painted
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Tailorbird, Common
Wagtail, Pied
Wagtail, Yellow
Waterhen, White-breasted

Spectacled Cobra :)))))))
Clubtail, Common
Dartlet, Golden
Four-ring, Common
Ghost, Granite
Leopard, Common
Lycenids, un id
Pansy, Chocolate
Pansy, Lemon
Swift, Rice
Yellow, Grass Spotless
Yellow, Three-spot Grass

Un id Grasshoppers, and Spiders

ah, but the best bird sighting of the day was something that intrigued us very much before we got closer ...and realized that we were looking at a fallen


penguin 041210

I saw a small Spectacled Cobra, which had, obviously, come up to escape the damp ground...but it slithered off within seconds, before I could get over my surprise at seeing it.

Will post the other creatures, and a lovely blue-striped bee to show...!
Tags: bangalore, birding, kanakapura road, karnataka, ntp, photography, weekend

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