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Birding report of Nandi Hills (Nandi betta)

Timing: Around 8 to 11 AM.

Location : Nandi Hills.

Day: Quite a foggy day.

Enjoy some of the shots. Though not clear, crisp but no worries.

Brown Breasted Flycatcher

Brown Breasted Flycatcher

Brown Breasted Flycatcher

Brown Breasted Flycatcher

Brown Shrike

Brown Shrike

Greenish Warbler

Greenish Warbler

Indian Blue Robin

Indian Blue Robin

Indian Blue Robin

Indian Blue Robin

Oriental White eye

Oriental White eye

tawny bellied babbler

tawny bellied babbler

Hessarghatta – Birding report

Excellent Water Level.

We are observing winter migrants. Please enjoy the pictures.

Plain Prinia

Plain Prinia

Black Winged Stilt

Black Winged Stilt

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

Oriental White IBIS

Oriental White IBIS

Spot billed Duck

Spot billed Duck

Myna and Drongos

Myna and Drongos

Jungle Crow

Jungle Crow

Paddyfield Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

Silverbill

Silverbill

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Marsh Harrier - Male

Marsh Harrier – Male

Bay backed Shrike

Bay backed Shrike

Blue Tiger

Blue Tiger

Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

European Roller

European Roller

European Roller with set of Mynas

European Roller with set of Mynas

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

European Roller - Welcome to India.

European Roller – Welcome to India.

European Roller - Welcome to India.

European Roller – Welcome to India.

Siberian Stonechat.

Siberian Stonechat.

Siberian Stonechat.

Siberian Stonechat.

Black winged Stilt.

Black winged Stilt.

Full Circle…

Ajit Lakshmiratan writes:

“Long long ago…precisely in 1977..when 27, I had parked my bike (Jawa MYM 2877) in front of Prince Hotel in Brigade Rd extn.Bangalore for a short time (No Parking zone).When I returned, a constable asked me to come to the nearby Police Station (Shoolay PS, now renamed as Ashoknagar PS).

Shoolay PS was at that time known for the strict rule book, no nonsense Inspector. My father was there with me and I was sure that he would bail me out at the Station like all fathers do when sons are in trouble. But at the station, my father changed tack and asked the Inspector to take whatever stringent action under the law. The Inspector was surprised that the father did’nt plead for his son.

My license was seized , pending return on condition that an apology letter would be written on a document affixed with Rs 2 Court Fee Stamp. And in those days it was’nt easy to get a Court Fee Stamp of Rs 2. It meant waking up early going to the Taluk office and standing in queue for a few hours. NO bribe works…because you have to personally sign in a Govt Register…The next day I wrote out an apology letter for parking in “NO PARKING” zone. The incident had a lasting effect on me…Since that day in 1977, I have been dedicated in following all traffic rules.

Forward to 2014…11th Oct..
Yesterday, I got a message from Manju Mehra that there is a Traffic Warden recruitment drive in Whitefield….Today, when I went to enroll as a Traffic Warden the very same person who was an Inspector then, Mr MT NAIK ( and who is a DCP, now retired and heading Bangalore Traffic Police Traffic Wardens ) was there to admit me.

Mr Naik is known in Karnataka as a fearless apolitical officer. It feels so nice to be among such wonderful people committed to ideals and beliefs..My special thanks to Manju for inviting me and Whitefield Rising for their commitment to better our lives in Whitefield.

Olfactory Chambers of Ward 88: A walk

From: angarika@maraa.in

2 manhole cleaners suffocated to death in Bangalore recently

Armed with a bottle and a stick, a man descends: into the dark sulfurous depths of the city. Vanishing acts, made possible by the labour of workers who live and die
below the surface. This man, we call the “scavenger”.

Join us on 11th Oct for a walk, along the Chambers of Ward 88. To lift the lid and see who lurks beneath. The walk is olfactory. The walk is a provocation. The walk
is a call to introspect. This walk will be guided by Angarika Guha and Ekta Mittal as part of Horaata, a festival of creative practices around resistance organized by
Maraa, a media and arts collective based in Bangalore.

We’ll meet at Heritage Fresh, Jeevan Bhima Nagar. The walk is free. All are welcome. Please carry a bottle of water. Maximum number of registrations is twelve. To register, call: 9880159484/9880755875.

Warmly,
Angarika, Maraa

Some of the snaps from the Hessarghatta grassland. Must be worth to visit again in winter.

Shrike

Shrike

Shrike

Shrike

White eye buzzard

White eye buzzard

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark - Female

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark – Female

Singing Lark

Singing Lark

Montagu's harrier

Montagu’s harrier

Scaly breasted munia

Scaly breasted munia

Ashy Crowned SparrowLark - Male and Female

Ashy Crowned SparrowLark – Male and Female

White cheeked Barbet - Making nest

White cheeked Barbet – Making nest

Ashy Crowned Sparrow lark - Male and Female

Ashy Crowned Sparrow lark – Male and Female

White cheeked Barbet - Making nest

White cheeked Barbet – Making nest

Red Wattled Lapwing

Red Wattled Lapwing

Black Kite chase to Marsh Harrier

Black Kite chase to Marsh Harrier

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Black kite chase to Montagu's harrier

Black kite chase to Montagu’s harrier

Plain Prinia

Plain Prinia

Crimson Rose

Crimson Rose

Blue tailed bee eater

Blue tailed bee eater

Shrike - Need to see to identify it :P.

Shrike – Need to see to identify it :P.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Black kite chase to Montagu's harrier

Black kite chase to Montagu’s harrier

Lalbagh at its best.

Fishing on full swing, today i saw 3 boats doing fishing ! And hardly figured out any cormorant, pelicans. Painted storks were flying high. No fish to eat, critical danger to stuck in net.

Fishing at full swing

Fishing at full swing

Condition of the lake – Plastic bottles on full swing. Outside eatables are not allowed and complete inside of lalbagh is all about eatables and plastic water bottle selling. My counting gave me a figure of 15 small-big eating place inside lalbagh, so its all about picnic ?
Plastic dumping in Lake

Plastic dumping in Lake

Entry fee is Rs. 10 and camera fee has  been introduced to Rs. 50, and that officials will check at all crosses. But they will never check the romantic couples. I personally felt that Entry fee should have been made Rs.20.

 

 

Talk on Dr Joseph George by L Shyamal

Dr M B Krishna writes:

The birthday of Dr Joseph George who started the group birdwatching activities in Bangalore falls on the first of October. It is now over two years since his demise. So it was thought to have a memorial talk for the
occasion.

Since Dr George did so much to show that non full time professionals too could be contributing to our knowledge of birds, it was thought Shyamal would be the best person to give the talk for the day. Especially so since Shyamal’s recent visits to the museums in London and Tring have given him new perspectives and hearing bits and pieces over coffee have not done justice to his study and the subject.

So do come, and give a patient ear to Shyamal. For the scientists I bet Shyamal would be covering taxonomy, systematics and mapping. For the artists, I bet he would be showing us and commenting on at least a few pictures of the wonderful illustrations done by Indian artists of birds of the region over a century ago, which far out -surpasses the western art at that time, including Audubon. But unfortunately they did not get their due
recognition (an understatement of course) because it was perhaps subcontracted work from after all an erstwhile colony.

Shyamal has been able to decipher the signatures and initials on some of those works of art and will perhaps share his awe at why the museums and researchers there could just not tap into the teeming millions of Indians in UK to decipher and read the Devanagari script of the artists. So do come and applaud our own dear ‘Sherlock’ on his mission without funds or fellowship, and see what interest and passion can do, in the same spirit Dr George nurtured decades ago!

Place: Venkatappa Art Gallery Auditorium, Kasturba road, Cubbon Park

Date: Tuesday 30th September 2014, at 6:00 pm.
(we have to clear the place before eight, so please don’t come late; your
presence is valuable!)

“Observing birds – looking back to see ahead” by Shyamal L

This talk will look at some interesting bits of the history of
ornithology, particularly of India, to see if there are lessons to be
learned. It will also re-examine some themes that the speaker has written
about in the past, the links to which are below.

http://sites.google.com/site/lshyamal/IB.3.4.Shyamal.pdf

http://sites.google.com/site/birdspot/

http://muscicapa.blogspot.com/

About the speaker: Shyamal L has been interested in birds and the natural
world for three decades. Starting off in his school days, he enjoyed
observing birds in his backyard inside the then rich campus of the Indian
Institute of Science. Considering himself privileged to have been
surrounded by knowledgeable people who could interpret the world around
and keep his curiosity alive, he has sought to make more information
available to the not-so-privileged particularly through Wikipedia, where
he has been contributing for more than a decade.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Shyamal

Edge Wade and June Newman, two birders whom I hold in high esteem and have long wanted to meet, planned on a nice birding outing for me, to Riverlands Bird Sanctuary, on the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. There was a beautiful view of the

Clark Bridge

from where we were:

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We stopped at what we would call the backwaters, first:

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We found a lot of

DOUBLE-BREASTED COROMORANTS

and

RING-BILLED GULLS:

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I was very pleased with the zoom on the SX50, because the birds were quite far away.

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We also saw a couple of immature

BALD EAGLES,

fishing:

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I was glad I had the zoom of the SX50:

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GREAT BLUE HERONS

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and

GREAT EGRETS

were everywhere.

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The

AMERICAN PELICANS

were delightful, too.

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A Bald Eagle got in on the act, too:

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and there were a couple of Broad-winged Hawks, a lifer for me. (No pics, they were too high up!)

TURKEY BUZZARDS

floated high above, too.

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We wanted to sight the Red Knot, and other birds that had been reported..but were not lucky, because a Peregrine Falcon flew over, and that disturbed all the birds, and the only shore birds we could see were some Kildeer. Barn Swallows swooped overhead; so we decided to go to the dam.

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Edge has forgotten more about birding than I will ever know.

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I called her a Spider as she went along with two legs of her own, and six extra (scope) ones:

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So, also, with June:

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We shared the coffee I’d brought:

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I’m going to make another post about our visit to the Confluence trail, because that was a nature trail, just the kind I like, with food, information about everything that we were seeing and passing, jokes, and wonderful weather with wonderful company…but we were short on birds. (We did see this bird at the end, against the sun, and I don’t know what it is…we didn’t decide…Brown-headed Cowbird,is my opinion..)

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The photos are on my FB album,

here

My thanks to Edge and June for a wonderful outing!

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ஜென்மம் நிறைந்தது சென்றவர் வாழ்க
சிந்தை கலங்கிட வந்தவர் வாழ்க
நீரில் மிதந்திடும் கண்களும் காய்க
நிம்மதி நிம்மதி இவ்விடம் சூழ்க

The life is over; hail to the person who left.
Hail to the person who concerned us.
Let the eyes swimming in tears dry up;
Let peace and calm prevail.

ஜனனமும் பூமியில் புதியது இல்லை
மரணத்தை போல் ஒரு பழையதும் இல்லை
இரண்டும் இல்லாவிடில் இயற்கையும் இல்லை
இயற்கையின் ஆணைதான் ஞானத்தின் எல்லை

Birth is nothing new upon this earth.
There is nothing older than death.
Without both, there is no Nature.
The laws of Nature are the far reaches of wisdom.

பாசமுலவிய கண்களும் எங்கே
பாய்ந்து துலாவிய கைகளும் எங்கே
தேசம் அளாவிய கால்களும் எங்கே
தீ உண்டதென்றது சாம்பலும் இங்கே

Where are the eyes filled with love?
Where are the hands that moved?
Where are the feet that straddled this earth
There are only the ashes, after the consuming fire.

கண்ணில் தெரிந்தது காற்றுடன் போக
மண்ணில் பிறந்தது மண்ணுடன் சேர்க
எலும்பு சதை கொண்ட உருவங்கள் போக
எச்சங்களால் அந்த இன்னுயிர் வாழ்க

What one could see, goes with the wind.
What is born on earth, returns to the earth.
The form made of flesh and bones disappears
May the soul live forever.

பிறப்பு இல்லாமலே நாளொன்று இல்லை
இறப்பு இல்லாமலும் நாளொன்று இல்லை
நேசத்தினால் வரும் நினைவுகள் தொல்லை
மறதியை போல் ஒரு மாமருந்தில்லை

There is no day without a birth
There is no day without a death
The memories born out of love trouble us.
There is no medicine like amnesia.

கடல் தொடும் ஆறுகள் கலங்குவதில்லை
தரை தொடும் தரைகள் அழுவதும் இல்லை
நதி மழை போன்றதே விதி ஒன்று கண்டும்
மதி கொண்ட மானுடர் மயங்குவதென்ன

The rivers which the ocean touches, do not worry;
The lands that touch other lands, do not weep.
When they percieve a Fate that is a like a river or rain
Why do intelligent humans get enmeshed?

மரணத்தினால் சில கோவங்கள் தீரும்
மரணத்தினால் சில சாபங்கள் தீரும்
வேதம் சொல்லாததை மரணங்கள் கூறும்
விதை ஒன்று வீழ்ந்திடில் செடி வந்து சேரும்

With death, some angers will cease.
With death, some curses will end.
Death clarifies what even the Vedas do not say.
Where a seed falls, a plant will rise.

பூமிக்கு நாமொரு யாத்திரை வந்தோம்
யாத்திரை தீருமுன் நித்திரை கொண்டோம்
நித்திரை போவது நியதி என்றாலும்
யாத்திரை என்பது தொடர் கதையாகும்

We came to this earth on a journey
Before journey’s end, we fell asleep.
Though sleeping is in our destiny,
Our journey is a serial tale.

தென்றலின் பூங்கரம் தீண்டிடும் போதும்
சூரிய கீற்றொளி தோன்றிடும் போதும்
மழழையின் தேன்மொழி செவியுறும் போதும்
மாண்டவர் எம்முடன் வாழ்ந்திட கூடும்

When the soft southern breeze touches us,
When the rays of the rising sun touch us,
When we hear the honeyed sound of the rain,
Those who are departed, may live with us again.

மாண்டவர் சுவாசங்கள் காற்றுடன் சேர்க
தூயவர் கண்ணொளி சூரியன் சேர்க
பூதங்கள் ஐந்திலும் உன்னுடல் சேர்க
போனவர் புண்ணியம் எம்முடன் சேர்க

May the breath of the departed mix with the breeze.
May the light of their eyes mingle with the sun.
May your body merge with the Five Elements
May the good deeds of the departed belong to us.

போனவர் புண்ணியம் எம்முடன் சேர்க
போனவர் புண்ணியம் எம்முடன் சேர்க

May the good deeds of the departed belong to us.
May the good deeds of the departed belong to us.

The complete Indian National Anthem

Though not greatly impressed by the self-conscious “I am a star singing” rendition of the singers…it’s still a very beautiful poem, and very rarely does one hear all the stanzas sung (just like many other national anthems, I suspect!)

The translation is very good, too.

Now, if we could translated the emotion of pride that we feel into less corruption, lesser litter, less unkindness towards our fellow citizens(and less apathetic acceptance of all these)….that would make for a better India.

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