Trip to Manchanabele Reservoir, 291211

December 30, 2011

It’s been quite a hectic time, as I’ve been doing some amount of volunteering and some amount of for-me nature trails, too. Last Sunday, 18 (yes!) of us went to


as several people in the UGS (Usual Gang of Suspects, our group of friends who like to go for nature trails), and had a wonderful time, that included an awesome sunset.

The pictures of the birds are on my FB album


the scenery and general photographs are


and that technicolour sunset is


On Saturday last, I took 15 children from Sindhi School, Malleswaram, to the Bannerghatta forest (zoo area) and the pictures from that are


On Thursday, just 5 of us (it’s a working day for many, and this time, the children didn’t want to come) went to

Manchanabele Dam and Reservoir

All these were wonderful outings…and let me just show you a few sights from yesterday’s outing…

This is what the sky looked like just before sunrise….

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And this


was one of the delightful little birds around…

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Some of the birds... RIVER TERNS preening on the water, after finishing their fish breakfast: L rvr trns 291211 mnchnble A BRAHMINY STARLING showed off a cool hairstyle! L brmny strlng 291211 mnchnble A BLACK DRONGO showed off its glossy feathers: L blck drngo stick 291211 mnchnble A BOOTED EAGLE soared above, delighting us: L booted eagle 291211 mnchnble So did a BRAHMINY KITE much more common, but still, a beauty. L brhmny kite 291211 mnchnble Some RIVER TERNS behind a rock gave me a funny photograph! L wing rock 291211 mnchnble The terns then took off: L tern tkoff 291211 mnchnble We enjoyed watching the LOCAL GEESE L 3 geese 291211 mnchnble This PIED WAGTAIL and its companion wagged their tails along the shore: L Pd wgtl rock 291211 mnchnble We watched this ASIAN OPEN-BILLED STORK and its companion, too: L opn bil stk fshing 291211 mnchnble The stork made a lovely picture against the water: Photobucket Liked the takeoff! L op bl stk takeoff 291211 mnchnble A lone ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW LARK sat on a granite slab: a c sprlark  L mnchnble 291211 One of the hightlights of the morning was seeing three of the HOOPOES together, I got this one on the shore: L hpe shore 291211 mnchnble This little PLAIN PRINIA tried to hide in the Lantatna bushes: L pln prna 291211 mnchnble this LAUGHING DOVE posed for us on the rocks: L lfng dv rock291211 mnchnble A BAY-BACKED SHRIKE also sat helpfully on the bush: L by bck shrk 291211 mnchnble A SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER was actually eating a bee! L beeater with b 291211 mnchnble I loved the sight of this old pavilion: sun and pvlin  L mnchnble 291211 And some distance away were people working in a field of marigolds: L fld of mrglds 291211 mnchnble

I completely enjoyed the sight of this


apparently visiting us to sit on the car!

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Hope you can see my photographs of the other trips, too…