After the excellent birding report from Vaibhav at Manchanabele Dam and my post on Manchanabele Dam without birds, here’s Part 2 for you completing our birding report. We started with a Blue Kingfisher and then another one. What a start it was. Starting your day with beautiful Blue Kingfisher.
Post this, as usual we got separated in no time, he was roaming near water, while I decided to check a little far away.
I saw a Pied Wagtail close by, infact two of them on the ground.
A little ahead and there was a Purple Sunbird. Very beautiful looking bird, singing nice songs. He offered one of the closest view.
Then it was my all time favourite, Little Green Bee-Eater.
After some time I spotted a bird which I first thought was a Babbler. As I went closer, I figured its something different, which I haven’t spotted earlier. To me it seems to be “Bristled Grass-Warbler“. You guys will have to identify and confirm.
Some more Bee-Eaters and Barn Swallows.
On a tree there was a Booted Warbler which was very active at that point of time.
On the other side, I saw some movement, this was Brahminy Starling.
Some lovely flower on the ground.
Red Vented Bulbul, its always good to see them around chirping.
Very far away I spotted a bird of prey, which was difficult to identify from naked eyes. I loved the lens and teleconverter combination which I use. Managed to get this picture. Looks like a White Eyed Buzzard.
Lovely Little Green Bee-Eater once again.
There was a Chameleon on a rock.
There was a Purple Rumped Sunbird and I call this a Bullet Shot. In fact Manchanabele Dam is full of Sunbirds, I have been there twice and both the time, I have seen a lot of Sunbirds.
And all of a sudden a very sweet bird call took my attention. It was hard to spot. But once I spotted, it was this beautiful looking Common Iora – Female.
Following her was a Common Iora - Male.
After some time they left us and I saw this mysterious looking bird on the same tree. I guess its Common Crested Lark.
Vaibhav has already shared the story of someone demanding money from him saying photography is prohibited here and after watching the lark I joined Vaibhav and then a Purple Heron trying to share the stone with Cormorants incedence happened.
Some Red Wattled Lapwing were also spotted.
A Rufous-Backed Shrike was also spotted.
After some more time we decided to head back to Bangalore. On the way we spotted Indian Roller. Offlate, we have started spotting Indian Rollers.
Overall, excellent birding for us. Worth travelling to Manchanabele Dam for birding. Give it a try!