Once again, four of us NTP’s got together…this time it was Shreeram (who came back home at 11pm the previous night!), Hrishikesh, Tharangini and I….and Shreeram took us to Gulakmale, beyond Valley School, turning off from Kanakapura Road, and taking various lefts and rights that I didn’t keep track of.
I got the Gulakmale sign in Kannada through the rear window, only as we were leaving:
One of our first sightings was this beautiful female
The overcast skies meant that photography was an uphill job, and the others, who have (of course) much higher standards than I do, were bemoaning the fact that one could not get good shots. But one need never worry about getting SMS! Here's one of a
with nesting material:
sat in the Eucalyptus, high above me:
ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN
sat on the wire and sang beautifully:
Tharangini is very particular that the bird must be photographed only on a natural perch, but a "bird on the wire" photograph doesn't bother me.
However, I got this
in the fields, with nice greens and browns throwing the white out in contrast:
I found several
in the eucalyptus trees, and shot straight into the sky:
At a considerable distance, on a large tree, sat a
whose colours were being admired by the crow!
As there were not many reeds, I was not expecting to see these beautiful
Bee-eaters, Small Green
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Spectacled Cobra :)))))))
Lycenids, un id
Yellow, Grass Spotless
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Un id Grasshoppers, and Spiders
ah, but the best bird sighting of the day was something that intrigued us very much before we got closer …and realized that we were looking at a fallen
I saw a small Spectacled Cobra, which had, obviously, come up to escape the damp ground…but it slithered off within seconds, before I could get over my surprise at seeing it.
Will post the other creatures, and plants…got a lovely blue-striped bee to show…!