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Spring in the Valley, 290315

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Though the weather has heated up, our enthusiasm for birding still remains warm enough that 16 of us went to Valley School.

We had only seven members for the MCS;

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many others met us directly at the School

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We went down to the dry pond, and then also visited the dry (the operative word these days!) stream.

However…the Valley never disappoints us, if we look for the residents like these:

Purple Sunbird on Jacaranda

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Coppersmith Barbet

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rather than for visitors, who’ve probably all gone back to more pleasant climes by now.

Many kinds of Flycatchers (Asian Paradise, Tickell’s Blue,and the White-browed Fantail) delighted us,

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as did this Koel lady:

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So did the raptors we observed, wheeling high up in the sky…and sometimes sitting with other birds, like this Black-winged Kite with a Large Cuckoo-shrike.

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We did seem to start with a lot of Pain-In-The-Neck birding, as Ioras, White-eyes, and other tiny beauties showed that they were, truly, top-of-the-trees! But soon enough, we got Magpie Robins and Barbets that serenaded us from “lower down” in the boughs, and we walked happily along, disappointing the usual accompaniments…the dogs that always follow birders in the hope of snacks…and the occasional unwary bird on the ground!

As far as birding is concerned, having fuzzy eyes due to eye-drops is not a great thing at all! Neither is it good for bird photography, because one aims and clicks more in hope and perseverance than in real ability…and one cannot even see for sure whether the shot is in
focus or not. But frankly, even being able to discern the birds was good enough for me, and I enjoyed the morning as much as the keen-eyed Kites and Buzzards soaring overhead..or my sharp-eyed friends!

Several flowering and fruiting trees,

Combretum ovalifolium

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Terminalia bellirica:

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Sterculia colorata:

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Even common trees are so majestic when allowed to grow freely, like this Peepal:

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butterflies like the

Zebra Blue

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(sorry to include disgusting pics but this is also a reality of life…an ex-rat)

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and insects like the Solitary Hunter Wasp,

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also gave us a lot of Good Stuff to observe and remark upon. I’m trying to get names for the many flowers and seeds that I do not know.

Even the algae and the marks of the leaves in the bottom of the water trough were very artistic:

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The sun quickly got too hot for comfort, and by 10am, many of us belonged to the Reddy commuity…Reddy to go and have breakfast, that is! Alas, Adigas was jam-packed because of the combination of weekend and school holidays, and some of us came to Woody’s in J P Nagar while others, having shared some delicious snacks, proceeded home directly.

I’ve put up my i-drop shots on my FB album; to see them,

click here

and Soham has put up the eBird list, to see it,

click here

Cheers, and hoping everyone had a great weekend, too…!

Sunrise, 260315

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Bowed down with worries, some people go home
As the sun sinks to rest.
Cares fill some minds and hearts,
As they look at the sun in the west.

But when the sun rises,
The slate is clean
A fresh shining disc, in golden hues,
In the mental spaces between

Yesterday’s woes, or troubles
And what may be, today.
Hope..the shining sun through the clouds:
That’s what we live with, each day.

Mangalajodi – Bird Report

I personally believe one of the best marshy lands in India. Mangalajodi provided me a list of 101 species. More than types of species, I was surprised by the no. of one species. It is a great birding spot and should be a “Must visit” list of Orissa Tourism.

Enjoy some of the shots.

Brahminy Shelduck

Brahminy Shelduck

grey headed lapwing

grey headed lapwing

Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Cinnamon bittern

Cinnamon bittern

Glossy IBIS

Glossy IBIS

Godwit fight for food

Godwit fight for food

Greenish Sandpiper

Greenish Sandpiper

Ruff

Ruff

Kentish Plover - Juv

Kentish Plover – Juv

Black winged Godwit

Black winged Godwit

Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Black winged Godwit - Fligt

Black winged Godwit – Fligt

Greenish Sandpiper

Greenish Sandpiper

Streaked Weaver

Streaked Weaver

Openbill Stork

Openbill Stork

golden plover Juv

golden plover Juv

whiskered tern

whiskered tern

Northern Pintail - Pair

Northern Pintail – Pair

Northern Pintail in flight

Northern Pintail in flight

Northern Pintail in flight

Northern Pintail in flight

yellow bittern

yellow bittern

Purple Moorhen rushing for building nest

Purple Moorhen rushing for building nest

yellow wagtail

yellow wagtail

northern shoveler

northern shoveler

Northern Pintail - Male group

Northern Pintail – Male group

Northern Pintail - Why it is called "Pin" tail

Northern Pintail – Why it is called “Pin” tail

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail - Female Gang

Northern Pintail – Female Gang

ID required

ID required

ID required

ID required

Pheasant Tailed Jacana

Pheasant Tailed Jacana

clamorous reed warbler

clamorous reed warbler

Asian Pied Starling

Asian Pied Starling

brown crake

brown crake

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

clamorous reed warbler

clamorous reed warbler

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

black tailed godwit

black tailed godwit

Kanwar Lake – Bird report

Blog is not related to Bangalore. Just writing it for Nature Lover. Kanwar lake (Villages says Kabar Lake) is the largest freshwater lake of India. My 3 weeks back visit stun me. Birding period was very small. I did 1.5 hrs of birding only. Some of the snaps from the lake.

Wild Cat

Wild Cat

Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle and White throated Kingfisher

Tawny Eagle and White throated Kingfisher

Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle (2)

Small Green BeeEater

Small Green BeeEater

Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat - Male

Siberian Stonechat – Male

Bluethroat (2) - Male

Bluethroat (2) – Male

Bluethroat - Male

Bluethroat

Greater Spotted Eagle

Greater Spotted Eagle

Greater spotted Eagle

Greater spotted Eagle

Grey Headed Lapwing

Grey Headed Lapwing

Indian Spotted Eagle

Indian Spotted Eagle

Lesser Adjutant

Lesser Adjutant

Bluethroat - Female

Bluethroat – Female

Bluethroat - Female 2

Bluethroat – Female 2

Bluethroat - Female (2)

Bluethroat – Female

Black Headed IBIS

Black Headed IBIS

Black Drongo

Black Drongo

 

A visit to Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve

My prime intention to visit this place is for birding. But didn’t able to find much here. Lovely grassland for blackbuck. It is fun to watch the fastest animal of our country.

Enjoy some of the shots.

Blackbuck Pair

Blackbuck Pair

Indian Lark

Indian Lark

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Indian Lark

Indian Lark

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Blackbucks

Blackbucks

Silverbill

Silverbill

A lonely female blackbuck

A lonely female blackbuck

Female - Blackbuck

Female – Blackbuck

Spec. Cobra Skin

Spec. Cobra Skin

Male - Blackbuck

Male – Blackbuck

Common Hoopoe

Common Hoopoeb

Gulakmale again, 010115

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When I got a call from Vaibhav that he, Chandu and Venkat were going birding,

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I could not resist the temptation, and off we went. The drizzly rain certainly cast a damper on the opening hours of the outing, and we tried our luck at Vaderahalli Lake

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before we went to Gulakmale. However, though we manfully trudged over the bund of the lake with the song, “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head” being the main theme, the rain could not keep up with our persistence,

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and the sightings began to improve considerably.

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Of course, the Asian Openbills were the first to greet us,

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but several species differed…so the bird list is almost-the-same-but-not-quite!

We ranged right across the diameter of the lake today, and we found that there is a foresty patch that harbours several woodland birds. We spotted the Blue-faced Malkoha in the patch.

The highlights, of course, were the different fishing methods of the birds…wading, diving, zooming into the water. The birds of prey, even the Kites, appeared only a while after the rain stopped.

Today the reeds in the lake bed yielded three kinds of Munias, and we were happy to stand and observe them, as well as the Prinias there. Thanks to the low water level, I was able to squish my way to the patch of land that is normally the central island. The rain truly made it a “Muddy kere”, but I didn’t mind, as I watched all three kinds of Kingfishers…the the Small Blue, the Pied, White-breasted, at work, getting breakfast.

We took a short while at the Thottikallu Falls/temple area, and returned home well satisfied with the bounty we’d got on the first day of the year.

Some other small things caught my eye.

Are those who set this tiny Linga and the Basava hoping to start yet another temple?

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Even weeds were beautiful:

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We did not like this red-capped, brown-breasted Kingfisher.

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Here’s the rest of the fish after the birds have done with it:

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Here’s wishing all of you a very happy, health, and peaceful 2015..with plenty of opportunities to walk (with muddy shoes!) amidst the treasures that Nature provides us, even in an urban setting.

My eBird list is at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21108373

Cheers, Deepa.

Here’s the physical list:

Avadavat, Red
Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed

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Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Indian
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Cormorant, Great
Cormorant, Indian
Cormorant, Little

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Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle

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​Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
​Eagle, Booted
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Intermediate
Egret, Little
Flameback, Black-rumped
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Francolin, Gre​y​
​Grebe, Little​
Heron, Grey
Heron, Indian Pond
Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Hoopoe, Indian
Kingfisher, Common

Here’s where it was:

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I zoomed in further:

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And further:

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this is at full zoom:

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Kingfisher, Pied

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Kingfisher, White-throated

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Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparr​ow​​
Malkoha, Blue-faced
​Mart​in, Dusky Crag
Minivet, ​​Small
Munia, Black-headed
Munia, Tricoloured
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Openbill, Asian

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Oriole, Eurasian Golden

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​Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy

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Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Sandpiper, Green

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Sandpiper, Wood

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Shrike, Long-tailed
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
​Sparrow Lark, Ashy-crowned​

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Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, House
Tailorbird, Common
Tern, River

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Tit, Great
Wagtail, Grey

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Wagtail, Yellow

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Wagtail, White-browed
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Clamorous Reed
Warbler, Greenish Leaf
Woodswallow, Ashy

Butterflies:

Blues, Various
Brown, Evening

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Castor, Common
Cerulean, Common
Coster, Tawny
Four-ring, Common
Gull, Common
Jezebel, Common
Pioneer
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Plain
Wanderer, Indian
Yellow, Three-spot Grass​

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Let me close with the handsome male Ashy-Crowned Sparrow Lark:

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Even the mist cannot come in the way of good birding sometimes!

In the mist, this beautiful fellow

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enthralled us, flaunting his tail in shivering spirals as he flew around….

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After that first look, we got more treats…

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Finally, in a patch of sunlight, I got some green to contrast him with:

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What a wonderful bird!

Happy New Year to all the viewers.

A raining day but able to manage some of the birds, please enjoy.

A misty low light morning.

A misty low light morning.

Purple rumped sunbird

Purple rumped sunbird

Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole

Small blue kingfisher

Small blue kingfisher

Red Munia - Male

Red Munia – Male

Red Munia - Male

Red Munia – Male

Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Paddyfield Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

White throated Kingfisher

White throated Kingfisher

White collared dove

White collared dove

Booted Warbler

Booted Warbler

Paddyfield Pipit - Bathing

Paddyfield Pipit – Bathing

Little ringed Plover

Little ringed Plover

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Red Munia - Juv

Red Munia – Juv

Red Munia - Juv

Red Munia – Juv

Paddyfield Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

Gulakmale and T K Falls Bird Report.

The new Villa’s are coming out. Anywhere here are some pictures of the lake and the T K Falls.

So, human love nature and hence they want villa which have lake view but how lake will survive if it will have human view. As intelligent mind have the tendency to contaminate  everything. I never understood this infinite loop. We love nature and hence we want to destroy it.. Controversial ….

Openbill Stork

Openbill Stork

River Tern

River Tern

Booted Warbler

Booted Warbler

Paddyfield Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

Openbill Stork

Openbill Stork

Indian Grey Mongoose

Indian Grey Mongoose

Rufus tailed Lark

Rufus tailed Lark

Bushchat - Female

Bushchat – Female

Little ringed Plover

Little ringed Plover

Scaly Breasted Munia

Scaly Breasted Munia

Little ringed Plover

Little ringed Plover

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

A lake view

A lake view

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Purple Sunbird - Female

Purple Sunbird – Female

Some nice flower

Some nice flower

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

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