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Lalbagh bngbirds outing, 090111

I decided I'd attend the Lalbagh outing this meeting (though I *was* missing a lovely trip to Maidanahalli that all my friends seemed to be going on! ...and of course, when I arrived at Lalbagh, the mist was still upon the waters of the lake:

mist on lake 090111lb

Much later, when the mist lifted, I got to see this

CRAB:


crab lb lake 090111




and this

SPOT-BILLED PELICAN

floating lazily on the lake:

sb pelican 090111

It was nice to see the

CORMORANTS

and the pelican together on the lake:

crmrnt plcn 090111 lb

this

ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET

seemed to enjoy posing for us!


prkt sisal 090111


One of the sights that amused all of us was this

THREE-STRIPED PALM SQUIRREL

flat on the trunk of a historic mango tree.

sqrl on trunk lb

Historic mango tree? Yes.


old mango tree 090111

Here's why:

old mango tree sgn 090111

hyder tipu mango tree sign 090111


We all saw, and no one was able to identify, this huge flower:



un id huge flower lb

Update: 88greenthumb has identified it for me! It's the Solandra maxima or the

GOLDEN CHALICE VINE. Thank you!


It was nice to be able to point to first-time birders, this female

ASIAN KOEL,

sitting on a tree:

female koel 090111


Females of other species were also busy calling:


pv 090111

This

ASHY DRONGO

made a lovely picture on the Ficus Benjamina tree:

Photobucket

MBK and Swamy told me this was not the usual Rock Bees' hive, but the hive of


DESERT BEES:


desert bees lb

and MBK said probably there had been a fungus attack on one corner.


Someone had brought some

OSTRICH FEATHERS


from Africa, and MBK gave a lot of information about birds' feathers:


ostrich feathers 090111


Here are some of the group in the morning:


bngbrds 090111 lb


And they are, in our newly-coined term, being "MBK-ed"!


being mbk'ed 090111

This time, MBK demonstrated how fibres of animal and vegetable origin burn very differently....he used some fibre that one visitor had picked up, and someone's hair, for the demo!

One can be sure of learning some little-known facts every time one meets MBK...but the info will be given in his inimitable (and sometimes inscrutable) style!

The

BAUHINIA PURPUREA

has started flowering:


bhnia prpra 090111




It was a very enjoyable morning, and let me close with the morning light shining through the majestic trees of Lalbagh, one of my favourite spots of Bangalore!




tree light 090111
Tags: bangalore, birding, flowers, karnataka, lake, lalbagh, people, photography, tree, weekend
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