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Ragihalli, 081210

This morning, Shreeram and I went with John Callaghan, who's visiting from Milton Keynes, UK, to Ragihalli. Unfortunately, we had a very late start and that meant that sightings were quite low....but we still managed quite an interesting time!



opened the proceedings, on the barbed wire:

pied bushchat 081210 rghli

We stopped at the sheet rock area, and John put up his scope. Alas, we did not have our usual luck with raptors here, and he just got a pair of Rufous-tailed Larks to spot!

scope on sheet rock 081210

Meanwhile, Shreeram was photographing this


robber fly 081210

A migrant that we were able to show John was the


brown shrike 081210

We then took him to the Ragihalli Pond, where once again, the resident Oriental Honey Buzzard, the Spotted Owlets, and the Small Blue Kingfishers all absented themselves...but this beautiful


posed quite comfortably!

pdyfld ppt 081210

I tried to take a picture of the spider at the centre of this sparkling web, but there was too much breeze:

web 081210

I got this pic of mating


mtg dgnflis 081210

My Ragihalli friend Puttamma's restaurant was open; on the way to the pond, I'd asked them to make hot idlis, and here are John, and our driver, Srinivasa, enjoying them:

john at puttamma rghli 081210

Puttamma was away, but her daughter-in-law, Saraswathi, holding little Deepika on her hip, served us hospitably!

We were very lucky, on the way back home, to sight a


which is not common at all. Here's the only shot I was able to get:

bbb eater 081210 rghli

For some more photographs,

click here

The bird list:

Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bee-eater, Blue-bearded
Bulbul, Red-vente
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon's
Cormorant, Little
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Drongo, Black
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Heron, Pond
Kite, Black
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Lark, Rufous-tailed
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Golden
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Shrike, Brown
Shrike, Long-tailed
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Treepie, Rufous

I showed John this home (the name was "English County") and remarked that for everyone, not just an Englishman, his home is his castle!

castle jigni rd 081210

It was very nice to be able to get John's impressions of our city and country (he says Mumbai traffic is far worse than Bangalore's!) and we wish him and his wife a safe journey home tomorrow.
Tags: bannerghatta, birding, dragonflies, english, forest, insects, migration, photography, rock

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