We finally decided on the Zoo area as we got extremely delayed, and some of us were also constrained to get back early...some of us were actually going in to work! It was the easiest destination to get to, and Fauzia, for example could quickly take a bus from the terminus and get back to work.
I must say, the Zoo area never disappoints me....here we are, setting out after parking our cars....on the left is the JLR Hill View Restaurant, and on the right, with the buildings showing behind us, is the new bus terminus....
And...here are our shadows on the rock!
Since we were not allowed to go on the road behind the Butterfly Park, we just walked through the eucalyptus groves and lantana that surround the JLR Hill View Restaurant, and we started out with several
can you see one in this pic?
If not, NOW, can you see it?
It was lovely to watch a whole flock of them for a while, along with lots of Sunbirds...here's a
in eclipse plumage:
We sighted an
ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD
(pic on Facebook album) and another un id raptor that looked like a Falcon (id to be confirmed) and the migrants we sighted were the
the Barn Swallows, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, and the Grey Wagtails.
I loved the sight of this beautiful
couple delighted us with their appearance:
Later, at the lake, I got two lovely
SMALL BLUE KINGFISHERS...
one looking left,
and one looking right:
Here's a lousy video...I was shooting right against the harsh sun...of two
hovering over the Crocodile Pond:
and then, Pratima spotted the actual
itself...here it is, its name is Basker.. its grin seems more fearsome than its tears!
then, next to it, Vittal spotted a
and here are both of them, together!
We also ..er...spotted a CHITAL (pic on FB).
Smaller creatures included this
but "remains" seemed to be the order of the day, as we saw the discarded moult of a
and the shell of a
that had been killed when a fire was lit in the area:
Another sad thing was this dead
...this one was the uncommon Cyrus morph (thanks, Rohit!)
I've taken several more photographs....
for all the photos on Facebook...I especially like those abandoned chappals!
Here's the creatures list, it includes our group of mammals, too!
Bee-eater, Small Green
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Falcon (which one has to be confirmed)
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Brown-breasted( id to be confirmed)
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Francolin, Grey (heard only)
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Warbler, Blyth's Reed
Blues, different types
Bush Brown, Common
Mormon, Common, Cyrus Morph
Assorted Crickets and Grasshoppers
Mantis, Preying, Pupal form
Spider, Giant Wood
Agama, Peninsular Rock
Happy Pongal/Sankranti/Lohri to everyone who celebrates the festival tomorrow!