Hulimangala, Nature Trail, 070511

May 7, 2011

It was a baker’s dozen…Alexis,Chandu, Fauzia, Gopal,Hrishikesh, Neha,Priyanka, Neha, Sushil,Tharangini, Vaibhav, Yash, and I…who went to Hulimangala this morning (070511). The sun came up as we stopped near the magnificient stand of trees….

snrise hlmngla 070511

It was wonderful, once again, to walk through the titanic trees and see the peaceful tomb of Paapayya Reddy: tomb hlmngla 070511 No photograph can do justice to this wonderful area: trees n path 070511 hlmngla I got the sun shining through the leaves of one huge mango tree: sun thru mngo tree 070511 At the small lake, I got the usual mantapa on the other shore: mantapa hlmngla lake 070511 On several Ficus trees, the figs were growing right on the trunk: fg hlmngla 070511 A feather, stuck on a lantana twig, seemed to indicate how fleeting life is: fthr on stk 070511 Near the Hulimangala school, in an open field, I saw this little cairn of stones: cairn hlmngla schol 070511 The only butterfly we saw was this BUSH BROWN, beautifully camouflaged in the dry leaves: bsh brwn bfrlfy 070511 It's clearly visible here, but several of us had to look several times before we could spot it! This cow, belonging to a local farmer, was obviously pissed off at being led by the nose: cw pssing 070511 The bsnk og yhr lskr had this lovely tiny flower: un id tiny flwr hlmngla 070511 And on the surface of the water bloomed these tiny, delicate water flowers: tiny water flowr 070511 I enjoyed seeing the others photographing, and the light touched them as well as their lenses: tharang backlit 070511 I realized that many of the people were NTP members, so I got an informal group photograph! ntp hlmngla 070511 The bird count was low even for summer (it was 26!) but I managed to get an ASHY PRINIA in the clutter: ashy prna 070511 and then, a PLAIN PRINIA as well: pln prna 070511 A chocolate-and-vanilla BRAHMINY KITE soared past: brny kt 070511 So did a BLACK-WINGED KITE craning its neck to look down at us: blk wngd kt 070511 the antics of a RUFOUS TREEPIE pecking at the trunk of the tree, woodpecker-fashion, had us observing it for a while: rf trpe hlmngla 070511 As we left, several CATTLE EGRETS posed for us in the morning light! ctl egrt hlmngla 070511 Here's a video that does not justice at all to this magnificient stand of trees:

The bird list:

Babbler, Jungle Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-Eater, Small Green Bushchat, Pied Buzzard, Oriental Honey Crow, House Crow, Jungle Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Heron, Pond Iora, Common Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, White-breasted Kite, Black Kite, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Mynah, Common Mynah, Jungle Pigeon, Blue Rock Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Plain Robin,Indian Roller, Indian Sparrow, House Swallow, Red-rumped Treepie, Rufous Warbler, un id Woodpecker, Greater Flameback

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