Non-birders… please exkoos, as they say here.
We took a trip to Maidanahalli (“village of the open meadows”) on
…it proved to be a birding bonanza! It was as if Karnataka just wanted to shower us with sightings and observations!
The day started with the usual CKMP (Crow Kite Mynah Pigeon)…but the raptor quotient went up sharply with the sighting of this
in its rocky habitat:
Later, the bird soared in large circles:
Next came this
A little later, we stopped to see this
drifting towards us!
On a wire, we saw this female
keeping it company was the
...it was good to see the State Bird of Karnataka on the anniversary of the State's formation!
On several side-roads, we found a variety of birds amongst the crops and the rocks.
nest that we saw first:
Just look at the way the pattern on the Munia's breast matches that of the millet! What lovely camouflage!
Later, we saw several of them; here are Garima and Rajneesh, clicking the beauty of the Munias swinging and feeding on the stalks of millet:
In Maidanahalli, we suddenly found this
(well, it could also be a female PALLID HARRIER, experts tell me that there's not much difference between the females of the two harriers)
sitting on the road, and then it took off over the fields:
On the rocky outcrops were the
and a two specimens of that beautiful,common bird, the
SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER
On the wires were birds such as the
BLUE ROCK THRUSH
The lantana scrub suddenly revealed a pair of the
and in a small village thorn scrub, I tried to quickly catch the
as it fed on the berries
as it hopped up an acacia tree.
Suddenly, one of us (very sharp-eyed!) managed to spot, on a banyan tree, the
ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER
SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE
actually came soaring right overhead, making us scramble out of the car for shots!
One of the last of the birds on the trip was the beautiful
so many birds made for a very contented group of birders!
As I came home, memories of a trip to Ragihalli with Rajeev Kashyap, where I had seen common birds such as
SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER
and the less common
ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE
…and the trip to Ramnagara to see the not-at-all common
came to mind, too…so, right now, you can, quite rightly, call me a bird-brain!
Common Hawk Cuckoo ?
Eurasian Collared Dove
Short-Toed Snake Eagle
Montagu's Harrier (or Pallid Harrier ?)
Indian Pond Heron
Asian Openbill ?
Blue Rock Thrush
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Oriental Magpie Robin
Common Tailorbird (heard)
Ashy-Crowned Sparrow Lark
Black Baza (imaginary) :)
List of birds on the Ragihalli trip:
Small Green Bee-Eater
Oriental Turtle Dove
I have yet to make the list on the Turahalli/Galibore/Ramnagara trip, the highlights of which were the