JLRNTP...the birds of the weekend
Can you imagine, me actually WORKING so hard that I could neither post, nor catch up with my friends’ list? It actually happened today; two articles were past what I had determined to be the deadline for them…and phone instruments had to be repaired, and broadband installed in the new office…
The weekend was a great experience, with the new batch of the Naturalists’ Training Program that Karthik conducts.
One of the unusual features of this batch was that most of the members were not people coming together for the first time during the course, but were a well-knit group, called Junglescapes. For a nominal yearly fee, members of this organization go on wildlife trips, and are also involved in activities in the Bandipur area.
I got to know about them through my friend Shalini, and it was an added bonus that a young friend of mine (through Avinash) called Rachana Patwardhan, and KM, too, decided to take the course.
I went on Saturday to find the group discussing the differences between various kinds of fauna ( doves/pigeons, frogs/toads, tortoises/turtles, and so on), and we took the Nature trail in the evening; we saw several birds ( I photographed much fewer of them!) during the weekend.
The first sight that met our eyes was this LITTLE CORMORANT sunning itself in typical fashion:
Since we managed to sight quite a few mammals, too, I will do a separate post on them, but let me close with this beautiful mushroom that Chandu pointed out to me: