Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary Wings and Six Feet

November 7, 2013

On our visit to the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, several birds thrilled us through the day.



put in a thrilling appearance, and was mobbed by crows:



A distant BAY-BACKED SHRIKE smiled at us: DSC01718 Everywhere there were PIED WAGTAILS: DSC01721 It's only when we see the BLACK-WINGED STILT out of the water, that we see how well-named it is! DSC01645 This GREEN SANDPIPER was cleaning itself: DSC01641 a GREY HERON walked gracefully through the water: DSC01637 several GREAT TITS hopped around: DSC01588 some BRAHMINY STARLINGS sat on a wire. DSC01584 A female DSC01582 and a male PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD appeared: DSC01581 SMALL GREEN BEE-EATERS were around: DSC01578 this INDIAN ROLLER was posing well: DSC01699 DSC01656 BLACK DRONGOS have arrived in force! DSC01627 We listened to the cacaphony of the JUNGLE BABBLERS: DSC01595 Love and grooming go on, side by side! DSC01592 BAYA WEAVERS at their nests: DSC01543 We saw a group of EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS: DSC01667 DSC01666 (taken at high zoom...the idiot birds were far away from the road and we had to beat a path through heavy scrub and fields...still could not get close.) We stopped at a roadside pond in Sathanur: DSC01526 The pond had this BRONZE-WINGED JACANA: DSC01566 COMMON MOORHEN: DSC01555 DSC01554 There were two BRAHMINY KITES DSC01541 DSC01538 eyeing a family of COMMON COOTS chugging through the water, until, at last, one them got one of the babies. DSC01537 DSC01534 until finally, we saw one Kite attack, lift a little one successfully, and fly off... A POND HERON caught a huge fish, and struggled to swallow it: DSC01517 DSC01516 ******************** Several insects and butterflies caught my attention. TAWNY COSTER in the greenery: DSC01716 WHITE ORANGE-TIP: DSC01710 YELLOW ORANGE-TIP: DSC01544 DSC01524 COMMON GULL: DSC01563 CRIMSON ROSE on the Lantana: DSC01559 LEMON PANSY: DSC01713 BLUE TIGER male: DSC01743 SEVEN-SPOT BURNET MOTH: DSC01751 PIERROT: DSC01748 several DRAGONFLIES zipped around: DSC01571 The bird list: Babbler, Jungle Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-eater, European Bee-eater, Green Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-browed Bushchat, Pied Bushlark, Indian Bushlark, Jerdon's Buzzard, Oriental Honey Cisticola, Zitting Coot, Common Cormorant, Little Coucal, Greater Crow, House Crow, Large-billed(Jungle) Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Black Duck, Lesser Whistling Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Tawny Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Intermediate Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Francolin, Grey Grebe, Little Heron, Grey Heron, Indian Pond Jacana, Bronze-winged Kingfisher, White-throated Kite, Black Koel, Asian Lapwing, Red-wattled Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Moorhen, Common Munia,Black-headed Munia, Scaly-breasted Myna, Common Myna, Jungle Oriole, Black-naped Owl, Brown Fish Owlet, Jungle Parakeet, Rose-ringed Pigeon, Blue Rock Pipit, Paddyfield Prinia, Ashy Robin, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Roller, Indian Sandpiper, Green Shikra Shrike, Bay-backed Silverbill, Indian Sparrow, House Starling, Brahminy Starling, Rosy Stilt, Black-winged Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swamphen, Purple(Moorhen) Swift, Common Tailorbird, Common Tern, River Tit, Great Treepie, Rufous Wagtail, White-browed (Pied) Warbler, Greenish (Leaf) Weaver, Baya The six-footer list: Blues, Various Castor, Common Crow, Common Eggfly, Great Emigrant, Common Emigrant, Mottled Gull, Common Jewel, Grass Jezebel, Common Mormon, Blue Mormon, Common Pansy, Chocolate Pansy, Lemon Pierrot, Common Psyche Rose, Common Rose, Crimson Tiger, Blue Tiger, Common Wanderer, Common Yellow, Common Grass Yellow, Three-spot Grass Yellow, Spotless Various Beetles, Bugs, Dragonflies, Damselflies,Moths, Spiders. Mammals list: Boar, Wild Jackal, Indian Mongoose, Indian Squirrel, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Three-striped Palm

Let me close with this



What a treasure house of creation the Kaveri area is!