My first birding outing of 2013….
This morning, 11 of us went to the Valley School, off Kanakapura Road...and as usual, the Valley did not disappoint us! After the MCS (Mandatory Chai Stop) while we were waiting for one of the two Nitins in our group, we proceeded to the Valley/Kanakapura Road junction, and began our birding. Yes, we concentrated on the birds. I noted some butterflies in passing, that's all.
Rosy Pastors on the wire
A Greater Coucal opened our innings, walking boldly along the newly-constructed crossroad. We were stopped in our tracks by two Palash (Flame of the Forest) trees in full bloom, which were, as usual, bird magnets. The road to the Valley also yielded Grey Francolins, scurrying off amidst the harvested fields, some Bushlarks fluttering up into the sky to sing and fall back like autumn leaves....we finally managed to park and enter the campus, for which I had obtained permission.
Group having chai
Orioles, Flowerpeckers, Drongos, and a Hoopoe....we went on to the almost-dried-up pond, and found several waterfowl there. A juvenile Brahminy Kite (which we thought was a Honey Buzzard...we didn't notice the head carefully!) fished in the water, as did two Ashy Drongos...drongo behaviour that I had not seen before. All this kept us at the pond, while the sun climbed...it's just not been feeling like a Bangalore winter at all.
INTERMEDIATE AND LITTLE EGRETS
LITTLE GREBES IN B'N'W
trying to gobble the fruit of the Singapore Cherry...whole!
The highlight of the day, perhaps, was a
but all the Flycatchers were a delight to watch, too. I was afraid that all the group could not see the first Tickell's Blue...but the birds, with their sweet song, obliged, and everyone got to see their beauty. The Fantails, the Asian Paradise, the Asian Brown....the bamboo grove is truly Flycatcher territory.
Reflection of Date Palms
At one point, we saw four Oriental Honey Buzzards soaring overhead, and I hope someone got the shot, because I was too busy just gaping upwards!
Installation with paper kites for a Mela in the Valley School in the afternoon.
As we ended the trail, Mr and Mrs Small Minivet, and Mr and Mrs Great Tit, obliged us by appearing the Jacaranda trees near us. I called it Sitting Birding...and mindful of the toilets near us, Vinay re-named it Smell Birding. We certainly weren't complaining, though.
We sighted a
on our way home:
The beauty of a cactus flower
Most of us stopped over at Udupi Banashree for breakfast, and then dispersed, happy with our morning.
Bee-eater, Small Green
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Falcon, Amur (well, OK, that was to see if you were paying attention!)
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Heron, Indian Pond
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Swift, Asian Palm
Warbler, Blyth's Leaf
Warbler, Tickell's Leaf
Yellow, Spotless Grass
Here are my SMS (Shamelessly Mediocre Shots) at
Here’s everyone except Ganesh, heads down, checking their shots, this is called “chimping”!
Tomorrow, by popular vote…back to the Bannerghatta Zoo area…everyone who sees this in time, and would like to come along, is welcome! Departure from Shoppers’ Stop at 6 am.