Ragihalli/Shivanahalli,..the birds, 271110

November 30, 2010

When Hrishikesh, Prajakta, Tharangini and I went on the road to Ragihalli and Shivanahalli, we started out with dark, overcast skies, and a complete lack of birding activity..to the point where we started wondering if we should just turn tail and go back home! But our first stop, near a temple, was rather productive; surprisingly, we found a lot of yellow birds together: White-eyes, Ioras, and the


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Almost immediately, on one of the small teak trees, I, er, spotted this SPOTTED OWLET peeping out: owlet peep 271110 A crow promptly chased it into the peepal tree under which the small shrine was, and from there, it looked at us alertly: spotted owlet 2711110 Right opposite the shrine, we had the usual "in-the-leaves" view of these two GREATER COUCALS skulking and hiding themselves as much as possible! two coucals 271110 Throughout the outing, we saw only this lone EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE: clrd dove 2711110 We then went to the Ragihalli sheet rock, and there was a lone JERDON'S BUSHLARK very surprisingly, the bird sat perfectly still, and flew off only after several minutes: jerdon's bushlark 271110 shtrk rgihali The sheet-rock area then lived up to its usual reputation, with this EGYPTIAN VULTURE soaring past overhead: egyptian vulture rghli sht rock 2711110 At several places, we had good sightings of the SHIKRA: shikra 271110 This PADDYFIELD PIPIT let us watch it for a while: pdyfld pipt 271110 Here it is, eating its breakfast: The lack of lighting ensured that all I got of the various raptors were silhouette shots. Here are a couple of raptors; Karthik says this might be one of the SPOTTED EAGLES: un id raptor this is probably the SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE : Update, Dipu feels this is probably a BOOTED EAGLE: Photobucket The silhouette of the ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD of course, is better known to me: ohb 271110 Bird list: Babber, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Tawny-bellied Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-eater, Small Green Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-browed Bushchat, PIed Bushlark, Jerdon's Buzzard, Oriental Honey Coucal, Greater Crow, House Crow, Jungle Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Drongo, Black Drongo, White-bellied Eagle, Booted Eagle, Spotted Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail Heron, Pond Hoopoe Iora, Common Kingfisher, White-breasted Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Koel, Asian Lapwing, Red-wattled Lark, Rufous-tailed Malkoha, Blue-faced Minivet, Small Mynah, Common Oriole, Eurasian Golden Owlet, Spotted Parakeet, Rose-ringed Pigeon, Blue Rock Pipit, Paddyfield Prina, Plain Prinia, Ashy Robin,Indian Roller, Indian Shikra Silverbill, Indian Sparrow, House Starling, Rosy Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow, Barn Treepie, Rufous Vulture, Egyptian Wagtail, Pied White-eye, Oriental So we ended our outing pretty satisfied with all that we'd seen, and the excellent breakfast provided by my "lady hotelier" at Ragihalli, and a light lunch at Bannerghatta Circle!