We certainly had a wonderful time at the Bird Race, and we certainly never had any expectations; our ranking, after all, would depend on how many birds the other teams saw! Here we are, early in the morning:
Our list had 123 birds, and most of them, I never did photograph. I'm hoping that the others will put up their bird-race photographs up soon! We started at my top favourite birding location, the Bannerghatta Zoo area.
We found several
including this juvenile:
,that's a bird on the wire for you!
A bird that I enjoyed seeing was the handsome
The Zoo area is particularly good, I find, for flycatchers of all kinds. We sighted this
ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER:
It's also a good place to get some varieties of waterbirds, at the crocodile pond near the Herbivore Safari:
At the edge of the pond, this
hopped along, busily wagging its tail:
dried their wings after diving for food:
We spent quite a long time watching a pair of
fishing; I managed to get one at rest:
a common bird, the
sat upon a pole, eating early breakfast:
is always a pretty bird to see!
I liked the scenery that included a couple of
Saandip then suggested that we go to the edge of Jigani Lake, quite close to the Zoo area, and off we went, where we saw this lovely
We then went to Ramnagara, where our raptor sightings were wonderful, including this scene of a
SHAHEEN (PEREGRINE) FALCON
high up on the cliffs:
Though it was the "wrong" time of day, two
were already on the cliff-face, and two more came sailing in:
they then proceeded to spread out their wings, we were unable to understand why:
Mani also spotted an
EURASIAN EAGLE OWL
in one of the cliff cavitis...
We spent far longer than we should have, watching these majestic birds...but finally, lunch beckoned, and after a "Thatte Idli" lunch at Bidadi, decided to go back to the small birds, and went on to our closing venue, Valley School...and we were not disappointed. We sighted this
Having run out of time, we decided to head back to the post-race meeting at the Royal Orchid in Manipal Centre, where Prashanth Badrinath (I call him Birdynath!) and Mike Prince were collecting everyone's logbooks prior to getting to work on them:
I've put up my photos on Facebook
...we never had any rare-bird sighting, so were hard put to it to designate a Bird of the Day!
However, it was worth noticing at that at 5pm at Valley School, we were already birding by moonight! :)
Let me close with this beautiful view of the main pond in Valley School:
It was a tiring but very satisfying