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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 140111

I so thoroughly enjoyed myself on our trip to Bannerghatta Zoo area today....we were FIFTEEN of us! (Names follow, where they belong..in the mammals' list!)

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....

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And...here are our shadows on the rock!

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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

ORIENTAL WHITE-EYES...

can you see one in this pic?


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If not, NOW, can you see it?


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It was lovely to watch a whole flock of them for a while, along with lots of Sunbirds...here's a

PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD

in eclipse plumage:

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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

BROWN SHRIKE:

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the Barn Swallows, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, and the Grey Wagtails.

I loved the sight of this beautiful

BLACK-HEADED CUCKOO-SHRIKE:

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a

SMALL MINIVET

couple delighted us with their appearance:

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Later, at the lake, I got two lovely

SMALL BLUE KINGFISHERS...

one looking left,

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and one looking right:


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Here's a lousy video...I was shooting right against the harsh sun...of two

PIED KINGFISHERS

hovering over the Crocodile Pond:




and then, Pratima spotted the actual

CROCODILE

itself...here it is, its name is Basker.. its grin seems more fearsome than its tears!


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then, next to it, Vittal spotted a

MONGOOSE:

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and here are both of them, together!



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We also ..er...spotted a CHITAL (pic on FB).

Smaller creatures included this

PUPA

of a

PREYING MANTIS:

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but "remains" seemed to be the order of the day, as we saw the discarded moult of a

COMB-FOOTED SPIDER:

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and the shell of a

SNAIL

that had been killed when a fire was lit in the area:


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Another sad thing was this dead

COMMON MORMON

...this one was the uncommon Cyrus morph (thanks, Rohit!)

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I've taken several more photographs....

click here

for all the photos on Facebook...I especially like those abandoned chappals!

Here's the creatures list, it includes our group of mammals, too!

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Yellow-eyed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon's
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Cuckoo-shrike, Black-headed
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Drongo, White-bellied
Egret, Little
Falcon (which one has to be confirmed)
Flowerpecker, Tickell's
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Brown-breasted( id to be confirmed)
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Flycatcher, Verditer
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Francolin, Grey (heard only)
Heron, Pond
Leafbird, Golden-fronted
Minivet, Small
Monarch, Black-naped
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Mynah, Commmon
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Green
Shrike, Brown
Shrike, Long-tailed
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Tit, Great
Wagtail, Grey
Wagtail, Pied
Warbler, Blyth's Reed
Warbler, Booted
Waterhen, White-breasted
White-eye, Oriental

Butterflies

Blues, different types
Bush Brown, Common
Jezebel, Common
Leopard,Common
Mormon, Common, Cyrus Morph
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Common

Insects

Assorted Crickets and Grasshoppers
Mantis, Preying, Pupal form
Snail, African
Snail, Common
Spider, Comb-footed
Spider, Giant Wood


Mammals

Hare, Black-naped
Deer, Spotted
Macaque, Bonnet
Mongoose, Stripe-necked



Reptiles

Agama, Peninsular Rock
Crocodile
Lizard, Garden

Birders

Advit
Arun Ram
Fauzia
Girish
Gopalan
Prabha
Prashant
Pratima
Rama
Shalini
Srini
Valli
Vishnupriya
Vittal




Happy Pongal/Sankranti/Lohri to everyone who celebrates the festival tomorrow!
Tags: bannerghatta, birding, butterflies, insects, mammals, photography, reptiles, video, weekend, zoo
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