Manchinabele, 020111

January 5, 2011

After a very long time, we had a local BULBs (Bangalore Urban LadyBirders) outing (it was beginning to seem as if they went only on international trips!), and we decided to go to Manchinabele Reservoir.

As usual, the day started with fog and mist:

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Here the BULBs are: 020111 bulbs mnchnble I got this ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW LARK upon the wire...I usually see it on the ground: acs lark 0201110 The RED-RUMPED SWALLOW was showing that red rump! rr swlw 020111 One of our most common birds, the BLACK KITE still looks handsome! blk kte 020111 We enjoyed watching a group of SILVERBILLS ..especially when two seemed to be kissing! ksng slvrbls 020111 a juvenile BRAHMINY KITE soared overhead: juv brmny 020111 An INDIAN ROBIN posed for us on a granite pole: i rbn 020111 mnchnble After a long time, I decided to shoot a SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER ...another common but very beautiful bird! sgbeater 020111 As we left, we found this SHIKRA in the tree, and it probably had its nest there, too. shikra 020111 Here are the peaceful-looking waters of the Reservoir: mnchnble res 020111 We also saw a lot of people meeting and discussing next week's cycling outing; many kayaks were on the water after the discussion! cycling/kayaking 020111 I did get a couple of butterflies; here's a ZEBRA BLUE: cerulean? 020111 Here's a LYCENID, Rohit says it's a PEA BLUE: lycenid 020111 Here's the bird list: Avadavat, Red Babbler, Common Babbler, Large Grey Babbler, Tawny-bellied Babbler,Yellow-eyed Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, White-browed Bushchat, Pied Bushlark, Jerdon's Crow, House Crow, Jungle Cuckoo. Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Pied Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Egret, Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Francolin, Grey Flycatcher, White-throated Fantail Harrier, Marsh Heron, Pond Ibis.Black Ibis, Black-headed Iora, Common Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Small Blue Kingfisher, White-breasted Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Koel, Asian Lapwing, Red-wattled Malkoha, Blue-faced Mynah, Common Mynah, Jungle Parakeet, Rose-ringed Pipit, Tree Prinia,Ashy Prinia, Plain Quail, un id Roller, Indian Rosefinch, Common Sandpiper,Common Shikra Shrike, Long-tailed Silverbill, Indian Sparrow, House Sparrowlark, Ashy-crowned Starling, Brahminy Stork, Open-billed Stork, Woolly-necked Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Tailorbird, Common Tern, River Wagtail, Pied Warbler, Blyth's Reed White-eye, Oriental Whitethroat, Lesser Woodpecker, Black-rumped

Here are my shots of the majestic


…I’d just finished asking, “Where are the raptors of Manchinabele?” and it just sailed past!

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