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Bannerghatta Zoo area, 280811

Though I had planned to go on the Bird Watchers' Field Club 4th Sunday outing to Sarjapura, several friends persuaded me to go to the Zoo area instead (which is, anyway, a great favourite with me!)...so off we went in the cool, cloudy, misty morning.

ALL of my photos are on the Facebook album,

here

...but here are some of the things we sighted, and I captured.


After meeting up (the usual starting point is Shoppers' Stop, on Bannerghatta Road), we had our mandatory chai stop at the Bannerghatta Police Station (not AT...near!) and when we started our trail, the very first bird to greet us was this

SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA



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To begin with, here's the spotting list:

Babbler, Scimitar (heard)
Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon's
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Coot, Common
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo-shrike, Large
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Flowerpecker, Tickell's
Grebe, Little
Heron, Pond
Iora, Common
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Leafbird, Blue-winged
Minivet, Small
Mynah, Common
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Sunbird,Purple
Swallow, Red-rumped
Tailorbird, Common
Tit, Great
Treepie, Rufous

Mammals

Dinosaurs! (all made of cement, alas!)
Macaques, Bonnet
Mongoose, Common
Elephant, Indian
Zebra (glimpsed through the gates of the Zoo!)

Reptiles/Amphibians

Agama, Peninsular Rock
Bullfrog, Indian
Crocodile
Frogs, assorted
Toads, Assorted

Butterflies/insects

Blue, Pea
Blue, Grass
Cerulean, Common
Coromandel Marsh Dart Damselfly
Damselflies, un id'd
Grasshoppers, assorted
Millipedes
Psyche, Common
Skippers, un id'd
Snails, assorted
Spider, Giant Wood
Spider, Orb, assorted
Wanderer. Common
Yellow, Three-spot Grass

The NTP members were:


Chandu
Gopal
Radha

and myself;

The other friends were:

Apoorva
Chantu
Deepu
Sanjeev
Vaibhav


Chandu took a lot of trouble to come...he lives quite a distance away!




Alas, we were not allowed to go on the path towards the Butterfly Park, so we walked along the Hill View restuarant perimeter, and it was nice to see the mark of an elephant's presence:



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You can see the human foot for size reference!

The monsoon has brought out the

GIANT WOOD SPIDERS

all over the paths, and here's one variety, the

Nephila maculata

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enjoying Sunday breakfast.


Another variety,


Nephila kuhli



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also looked beautiful with its black body and orange-red legs!


Apoorva, Sanjeev's daughter, is very sharp-eyed, and spotted this "jigsaw" of

MILLIPEDES



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in the ditch.


A little later, it was lovely to see two camp elephant calves, walking around, grazing, under the watchful eyes of their mahout:


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Even when we wound up the outing and went for breakfast (our usual venue now is Upahara Banashree, near the NICE Road junction), we found a lot of interesting things just outside the restaurant, such as an almost-part-of-the-landscape Rock Agama, and these lovely

MUSHOOMS

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Dr Sanjeev told us that these are called "art mushrooms" as very often, artists paint them and give them to visitors, in the UK!

In the grass nearby, we spotted these two mating Damselflies,

COROMANDEL MARSH DARTS:



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S damslfl mtg bgrd 280811

When we dropped off Radha at her apartment complex, the road was strewn with flowers from the


AKASHA MALLIGE


(Indian Cork)

trees....




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We returned home after a very pleasant morning, with memories of this pavilion in the Zoo area:



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Tags: bannerghatta, nature, ntp, photography, scenery, weekend, zoo
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