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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.

Ramanagara – Official Vulture Sanctuary

This is the first time I have noticed black eagle around Ramnagaram. Indian Vultures were 10 in count. Egyptian Vultures were 3 in count. 2 short toed Snake Eagle.

I can see a board calling it Ramanagara as “Vulture Sanctuary”

Enjoy some of the shots. Do drop comments.

Egyptian Vulture in flight.

Egyptian Vulture in flight.

Indian Vulture

Indian Vulture

Short toed Snake Eagle

Short toed Snake Eagle

Black Eagle and Brahminy Kite acrobat

Black Eagle and Brahminy Kite acrobat

Black Eagle

Black Eagle

Black Eagle

Black Eagle

Tailed Green Jay

Tailed Green Jay

Tailed Green Jay

Tailed Green Jay

Indian Vulture and Black Kite

Indian Vulture and Black Kite

Indian Vulture and Black Kite

Indian Vulture and Black Kite

Frog Identification Workshop

Hosted by Eco-Edu

Date:

The course has been scheduled for August 9th and 10th, 2014.

We will meet the participants at the turning towards the farm on Kanakapura Main Road at 5 PM on the 9th of August and proceed to the farm. The workshop will come to a close at 9 AM on the 10th of August 2014.

Venue:

Ravagodlu, on Kanakapura Road.

The course will be held within the premises of a private farm and its surroundings. The Suvarnamukhi River, which takes birth in Bannerghatta National Park, flows close to the farm. It is also surrounded by agricultural fields and forms an ideal habitat to explore for frogs. We will not be venturing into the forest.

Route map:

click here

Resource Persons:

The workshop will be led by Seshadri K S, a doctoral student at the National University of Singapore. Seshadri has been captivated by the sheer beauty and complexity of nature. His fascination of nature grew when he started out as a bird watcher. Since then, he has spent much of his time being in “the field” and observing nature. He has studied several ecological systems ranging from dragonflies to epiphytes in the tall forest canopies in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot of India. In the recent past, his focus has been on amphibians and has been studying ecology, behavior and means to conserve frogs. For his doctoral thesis, he is working on the ecology and behavior of bamboo nesting frogs in South Asia.

Other naturalists who will assist on this workshop are

T. S. Sreenivasa

Ulhas Anand

Karthik Kumar

Vidisha Kulkarni

This overnight workshop is designed to introduce the wonderful world of frogs, herpetology as a hobby and to help you identify frogs that you are likely to see around the city. The course will delve deep into finer aspects, while helping you develop a wonderful hobby.

This course is well-suited to beginners, while adding value even if you are a little more familiar with the outdoors.

If you are into wildlife photography, this course will increase your confidence in frog identification and help you add a better perspective to your skills. You will be guided in identifying frogs by sight and sound and learn about the ways they interact with the environment. You will also be introduced to basic scientific techniques that can prove to be invaluable for a more serious involvement.

The course, though being very informative in content, will have a relaxed atmosphere to encourage interactions in the form of questions and discussions.

You will be provided with enough directions to easily reach the rendezvous point.

Wholesome vegetarian food will be provided and will include dinner and breakfast, as also tea and biscuits through the workshop to keep your chin up!

You will also be provided a book suited for taking down field notes and a pen. Sleeping arrangements will be in shared dormitory rooms on ground mattresses.

Cost:

The cost for the Overnight Frog Identification Workshop, including food and stay, will be Rs. 1,200. Only 20 participants will be allowed for this workshop. Participation will be confirmed only against payment on a first-come-first-serve basis. On the spot registrations are not welcome due to the logistics involved for this workshop.

Register

here

For any further queries, contact:

team@ecoedu.in

or

Dr. Mamlakatoi Haidarova +91-984-577-9838 (mamlakatoi@ecoedu.in)

Ragihalli Birding – Bannerghatta

A delight to see Jungle Nightjar (though not able to manage the shot of this lovely guy) and Plum-headed Parakeet. Enjoy some of the pictures taken.

Ashy Prinia

Ashy Prinia

Flameback Woodpecker

Flameback Woodpecker

Golden Fronted Leafbird

Golden Fronted Leafbird

Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove

Male Plum Headed Parakeet

Male Plum Headed Parakeet

Plum-headed Parakeet - 2 females and 1 male

Plum-headed Parakeet – 2 females and 1 male

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Pair of Spotted Owlet

Pair of Spotted Owlet

White throated Kingfisher

White throated Kingfisher

Zitting Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Shimoga Birding – Western Ghats

common iora

common iora

Misty at jog falls

Misty at jog falls

Cotton pygmy goose

Cotton pygmy goose

Flame-throated Bulbul

Flame-throated Bulbul

Hill Myna

Hill Myna

Malabar Grey Hornbill

Malabar Grey Hornbill

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Purple rumped Sunbird

Purple rumped Sunbird

Racket tailed Drongo

Racket tailed Drongo

heart-spotted woodpecker

heart-spotted woodpecker

bicolored frog

bicolored frog

Hill Myna

Hill Myna

Asian Paradise Flycatcher - Female

Asian Paradise Flycatcher – Female

Juv. Orange Minivet

Juv. Orange Minivet

The land is calling “Malenadu” (Land of rain). Please enjoy some of the pictures taken near Jog falls (second largest waterfalls) and some of the mystical view of Jog falls itself.

World Environment Day, 050614

Does it move?
Kill it!
Does it sting?
Squash it!
Does it grow?
Cut it down!
Done with it?
Throw it out of your window!
Need to go somewhere?
Take the car!
Have some money?
Consume more!

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Then, have plastic posters printed, saying, “World Environment Day”, with the photos of prominent pols, put it up in a public place, and feel happy that a praiseworthy effort has been taken.

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