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Birding report – H B Hosur, Near Mandya, Karnataka

Please find some of the shots from the place. It was a personal trip. Managed to do birding for 3-4 hrs.

Sirkeer Malkoha was a special sight, not able to make picture though.

Grey-bellied cuckoo

Grey-bellied cuckoo

Chandra Shekar aka Chandu enjoy the eternal beauty of sky, land and wind.

Chandra Shekar aka Chandu enjoy the eternal beauty of sky, land and wind.

Morning view

Morning view

Rufous tailed lark

Rufous tailed lark

Collared Dove

Collared Dove

Deepu moving towards the peak

Deepu moving towards the peak

Black rumped Woodpecker

Black rumped Woodpecker

Red Munia

Red Munia

Black Headed Cuckooshrike Male

Black Headed Cuckooshrike Male

common hoopoe

common hoopoe

Mountain view

Mountain view

Chandu enjoying coconut water

Chandu enjoying coconut water

Rufous tailed lark

Rufous tailed lark

Deepu talking selfie

Deepu talking selfie

Common Waterhen

Common Waterhen

Grey-bellied cuckoo

Grey-bellied cuckoo

Pair of Grey Hornbill

Pair of Grey Hornbill

Birding report – T G Halli

2 weeks before, I went T G Halli. Water level is too high. Complete family of river tern and Egret are making the view more majestic. Some interesting finds -

1. Around 200 River terns – After a raptor attack, they left most of their child near an egret. Child seems to be very comfortable with Egret.

2. White wagtail.

3. Skyes Lark.

4. No Kestrel.

Please enjoy some of the pictures. Do write your comments.

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Two Brahminy Kites

Two Brahminy Kites

River tern settling down

River tern settling down

Bronze winged Jacana

Bronze winged Jacana

Family of River Tern

Family of River Tern

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows

River tern in flight

River tern in flight

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Pond Heron

Pond Heron

Two river terns away from the group

Two river terns away from the group

White wagtail in flight

White wagtail in flight

River tern child - quite comfortable with Egret and Cormorant

River tern child – quite comfortable with Egret and Cormorant

White wagtail

White wagtail

Frog - ID required

Frog – ID required

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Red napped IBIS

Red napped IBIS

Tern New Generation

Tern New Generation

Ashy Crowned SparrowLark - Pair

Ashy Crowned SparrowLark – Pair

Skyes Lark

Skyes Lark

Tern in flight

Tern in flight

Birding report from Hoskote

Day: 25-Oct-2014.

Type: Cloudy/Rainy.

Birding time: 7.30 to 10 AM.

Birding pictures from Hoskote.

1. A Jacobian pied cuckoo.

2. A big flock of Grey Wagtail flying. Never seen this behavior before, for Wagtails.

3. A small clash of Siberian Stonechat with Grey Wagtail – may be because of prey.

4. 10-15 common sandpiper.

5. Around 50-60 Tricolor Munia.

Small Blue Kingfisher

Small Blue Kingfisher

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

White throated Kingfisher

White throated Kingfisher

Black Drongo

Black Drongo

Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat with Grey Wagtail

Siberian Stonechat with Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Jacobian Pied Cuckoo

Jacobian Pied Cuckoo

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Black Shouldered Kite - juv

Black Shouldered Kite – juv

Black Shouldered Kite - juv in flight. I never like this shot as it gives a feeling that because of me it flew off

Black Shouldered Kite – juv in flight. I never like this shot as it gives a feeling that because of me it flew off

Jerdon's Bushlark

Jerdon’s Bushlark

White throated Munia

White throated Munia

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Brown Shrike

Brown Shrike

Birding report from Bannerghatta and Kagalipura area.

Birding duration: 2 hrs.

Interesting spots:

1. Booted Eagle (Dark Morph) – In Kagalipura.

2. Common Kestrel – In Kagalipura.

3. Black Headed Cuckooshrike

4. Shikra chasing Red Wattled Lapwing.

5. Pair of spotted owlet still in the old Banyan tree in Bannerghatta.

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite - All set for attack

Brahminy Kite – All set for attack

Find out - How many ?

Find out – How many ?

A miss dive

A miss dive

rufous treepie

rufous treepie

Turtle

Turtle

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel

Shikra

Shikra

Small Green bee-eater

Small Green bee-eater

Pied Bushchat

Pied Bushchat

A huge agama

A huge agama

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Little Cormorant

Little Cormorant

A beautiful flower

A beautiful flower

pied kingfisher with catch

pied kingfisher with catch

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.

 

 

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