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Hulimangala, Nature Trail, 070511

It was a baker's dozen...Alexis,Chandu, Fauzia, Gopal,Hrishikesh, Neha,Priyanka, Neha, Sushil,Tharangini, Vaibhav, Yash, and I...who went to Hulimangala this morning (070511). The sun came up as we stopped near the magnificient stand of trees....

snrise hlmngla 070511

It was wonderful, once again, to walk through the titanic trees and see the peaceful tomb of Paapayya Reddy:

tomb hlmngla 070511

No photograph can do justice to this wonderful area:

trees n path 070511 hlmngla

I got the sun shining through the leaves of one huge mango tree:

sun thru mngo tree 070511

At the small lake, I got the usual mantapa on the other shore:

mantapa hlmngla lake 070511

On several Ficus trees, the figs were growing right on the trunk:

fg hlmngla 070511

A feather, stuck on a lantana twig, seemed to indicate how fleeting life is:

fthr on stk 070511

Near the Hulimangala school, in an open field, I saw this little cairn of stones:

cairn hlmngla schol 070511

The only butterfly we saw was this


beautifully camouflaged in the dry leaves:

bsh brwn bfrlfy 070511

It's clearly visible here, but several of us had to look several times before we could spot it!

This cow, belonging to a local farmer, was obviously pissed off at being led by the nose:

cw pssing 070511

The bsnk og yhr lskr had this lovely tiny flower:

un id tiny flwr hlmngla 070511

And on the surface of the water bloomed these tiny, delicate water flowers:

tiny water flowr 070511

I enjoyed seeing the others photographing, and the light touched them as well as their lenses:

tharang backlit 070511

I realized that many of the people were NTP members, so I got an informal group photograph!

ntp hlmngla 070511

The bird count was low even for summer (it was 26!) but I managed to get an


in the clutter:

ashy prna 070511

and then, a


as well:

pln prna 070511

A chocolate-and-vanilla


soared past:

brny kt 070511

So did a


craning its neck to look down at us:

blk wngd kt 070511

the antics of a


pecking at the trunk of the tree, woodpecker-fashion, had us observing it for a while:

rf trpe hlmngla 070511

As we left, several


posed for us in the morning light!

ctl egrt hlmngla 070511

Here's a video that does not justice at all to this magnificient stand of trees:

The bird list:

Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-Eater, Small Green
Bushchat, Pied
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Heron, Pond
Iora, Common
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-winged
Kite, Brahminy
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Roller, Indian
Sparrow, House
Swallow, Red-rumped
Treepie, Rufous
Warbler, un id
Woodpecker, Greater Flameback

The Facebook page with lots of photographs are

Tags: bannerghatta, birding, butterflies, flowers, insects, nature, ntp, photography, plants, scenery, weekend

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