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Lalbagh being in the center of the City, it is quite accessible and always crowded. Even Government is trying to increase the ticket costs and the current cost is:

1. Person Entry : 10 Rs.

2. Camera Entry: 50 Rs.

No fees, before 9 AM and after 6 PM. Camera case is quite ambiguous before 9 AM and after 6 PM.

Now, what to do in Lalbagh. First of all, its a botanical garden and if you are not interested in plants, trees, lakes, birds, flowers, its merely a place to sit and talk.

1. Enjoy Flowers. It has a rose garden and other flowers like Dahlia, Cosmos will be available in the summers.

You can enjoy some of the blogs on flowers day.

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

White Rose in Lalbagh

White Rose in Lalbagh

Red Rose in Lalbagh

Red Rose in Lalbagh

Pink Rose collection in Lalbagh

Pink Rose collection in Lalbagh

Flowers at Lalbagh

Flowers at Lalbagh

2. Enjoy Hunting – Its a very rich place with lot of fishes. So, you can often see a good killing/hunting scene around it. Snakes, Pelicans, Kites, Cormorants are often can be seen in action.

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Keelback Snake gulping a big fish at Lalbagh

Keelback Snake gulping a big fish at Lalbagh

3. Enjoy Birding:

A Spot-billed Pelican flying

A Spot-billed Pelican flying

Pond Heron with a kill

Pond Heron with a kill

4. Enjoy Nature/Photo shoot – Its a great place to witness sunrise, sunset and the transformed clouds. Provides all kind of background for good photo shoot.

Sunset in Lalbagh

Sunset in Lalbagh

A beautiful view of the lake

A beautiful view of the lake

5. Butterflies – If you are interested in shooting butterflies or gaining knowledge about it. Great place again !!

Common Yellow Grass on Dahlia

Common Yellow Grass on Dahlia

Green Tailed Jay on Dhalia  flower

Green Tailed Jay on Dahlia flower

Have Fun, Do Visit. Highest no. of people use it for running/jogging/walking and worth a place to do exercise. It provide one of the coolest stretch to do so.

Do, drop us your comments and anytime you want to join us for Lalbagh trail.

Bangalore… a city that outshines others Indian cities

Is Bangalore just an IT city? For many of us it’s just a city with many job opportunities for everyone. I came to Bangalore with the same perception. But gradually, as time passed, I realised what this city offers to one and all. This city is a mix of cultures and traditions. Bangalore has not lost its charm even after the development of IT sector. People like us, with hectic weekdays, find peace in some of the places that are within the vicinity of Bangalore.

Bird watching and photography is our passion. Many of us are aware about the famous birding spots in Bangalore. It is difficult to find such nice birding areas in other commercial cities. Thus people staying in Bangalore are keen to spend their weekend in the lap of nature. The birding spots found here can be marshy grasslands, mountains, dense forests, lakes etc. So, most of the birds can be spotted here. I leave my home at dawn with the hope of finding birds in their natural habitat. But still it seems to be a very small list of places where I have been and there is much more to see and enjoy. One of my favourite birding area is Hoskote lake. Hoskote is near to where I stay. Hoskote has different habitats for different birds. That is why it is an amazing place for all bird fanatics.

The wet grasslands in Hoskote are suitable for a variety of birds like Munia. Many winter migrants can be seen here. A large variety of Kingfishers are near the lakeside to catch a prey.

Tricoloured Munia (also called Black Headed Munia)

Tricoloured Munia (also called Black Headed Munia)

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

Jacobin Cuckoo

Jacobin Cuckoo

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Indian Silverbill or White-Throated Munia

Indian Silverbill or White-Throated Munia

Siberian Stonechat (female)  It is a Winter Migrant.

Siberian Stonechat (female)
          It is a Winter Migrant.

I have given one of many reasons to love Bangalore. There are many such things that I wish to write. I am still trying to unravel the other side of Bangalore that is picturesque. My upcoming journeys would cover more of Bangalore city and places near to it. Stay tuned!

Preserving nature and wildlife has always been a priority of Karnataka government. I am grateful to the Karnataka government because they care about nature and its species. I and my husband are a nature lover and enthusiast. We always find time to be close to nature. Bengaluru is centrally located to many major spots of biodiversity which are within a range of 300 km. We have a hobby of bird watching and photography. Bengaluru is close to Western Ghats, so lot many migratory birds can be found in locations at the outskirts of Bengaluru. Karnataka government has preserved the biodiversity by keeping a check on the poachers and people who are trying to destroy wildlife and nature.

Karnataka government has been very supportive in making wildlife, a major tourist attraction. The people who are staying in and outside Bengaluru can’t miss the safari ride in Bannerghatta National Park followed by a visit to the zoo. The most wonderful thing about this place is to find a variety of reptiles, birds and animals which people usually don’t know.

Tiger

Tigers

Lion

Lion

Red Eared Tortoise

Red Eared Tortoise

 

One of the major spots for birding and wildlife is Nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve. It has an excellent count of carnivores, herbivores and birds. The ecosystem cycle is well balanced because Nagarhole has major number of Herbivores. Nagarhole National Park is very near to Western Ghats and so we can find the highest count of birds in Nagarhole and places near to it. All avid bird watchers must visit Nagarhole followed by a Safari ride in the morning or afternoon.

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Peacock

Wild Boar

Wild Boar

Hill Myna

Hill Myna

Grey Langur

Grey Langur

Spotted Deer(male)

Spotted Deer(male)

Every weekend is a time for us to explore something new and different. Nature is like a puzzle. We learn more by exploring it. Nature has its own secrets which we are trying to unravel by going closer and closer to it.

Spring in the Valley, 290315

Email to the bngbirds egroup:

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


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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!

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