Bannerghatta Zoo Area, 300910

September 30, 2010

Krupakar (a fellow-birder who lives three doors away from me)suddenly sms-ed me at 10.30pm, because he was given an off day for the Ayodhya verdict. (He’ll have to slog it out on Saturday.)It was too late to ask anyone else…so off we both went!

The highlight for him was sighting the GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD, and this lovely little


asian brown flycatcher

We started with the sight of a BLACK KITE high in the sky, taking along nesting material: kite nesting mtl bg 300910 We went, as usual, without expectations...but our sightings were varied and wonderful. Everywhere we saw the Spotted Doves, but for once, I wanted to snap a quick image of the LAUGHING DOVE: laughing dove 300910 in the area near the JLR Hill-View Restaurant, we saw this RUFOUS-TAILED LARK: rufous tailed lark 300910 Krupakar spotted this ASHY DRONGO high up on a tree: ashy drongo 300910 bg I could report four migrants to Migrant Watch ! We saw both varieties of the GIANT WOOD SPIDER ...the red-legged variety red legged GWSpider 300910 and the regular variety: 300910 bg giant wd spdr See the beauty of the web blowing in the morning breeze: I loved the sight of this SOCIAL SPIDER WEB on what I call the "Croc Pond", between the Zoo and the Herbivore Safari area. An un-id MOTH looked beautiful in the undergrowth un id moth 300910 bg but there were few butterflies to be seen. In the crevices of the granite, these tiny, beautiful flowers bloomed: un id tiny flwr 300910 Here's the bird list: Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Yellow-eyed Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-browed Bushchat, Pied Cormorant, Small Crow, House Crow, Jungle Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Black Drongo, White-bellied Eagle, Short-toed Snake Egret, Small Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail Francolin, Grey Heron, Pond Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher, Small Blue Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Lark, Rufous-tailed Leafbird, Golden-fronted Munia, Scaly-breasted Mynah, Brahminy Mynah, Common Mynah, Jungle Parakeet, Rose-ringed Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Plain Robin, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Shikra Shrike, Brown Sparrow, House Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swift, House Tailor Bird Tit, Great Treepie,Rufous Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Pied White-eye, Oriental