Nandi Hills, 301214

January 3, 2015

When Jaysingh Morey from Mumbai requested my company to Nandi Hills, I was also able to invite Kiran Kashyap and Gayatri Rao along.

We left a little late and the sun was already up while we were at the base of the hill:


But as we climbed up, the clouds and the mist caught up:



The Nursery area looked like this:


The Pavilion:


The reservoir:


Undaunted, we walked around in the nursery, looking for birds IMG_8303 IMG_8305 Here's my salute to the place where I've seen some of the most beautiful birds in Bangalore: IMG_8306 The flowers were blooming, but we couldn't see too many birds.. IMG_8307 IMG_8328 IMG_8338 in fact we couldn't see much, though this TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER did oblige: IMG_8317 However, even in the mist, the NILGIRI WOOD PIGEONS were visible: IMG_8322 IMG_8325 The ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER looked extra beautiful in the mist! IMG_8344 my friends delightedly followed the tail-flaunting fellow! IMG_8354 IMG_8355 Here is my post about the beautiful bird. We found some Warblers in the started like this, IMG_8361 then we had a glimpse, IMG_8362 and then we saw the bird! IMG_8364 Taking pity on us, they finally did make short appearances in the open: IMG_8366 We were very happy to get the BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH bathing (so were the Puff-throated Babblers and the Tawny-bellied Babblers, but passerby scared them off before we could photograph them.) IMG_8442 IMG_8443 A brief flurry of excitement about whether we'd got the Pied Thrush until we realized it was the Blue-capped Rock Thrush female. IMG_8416 The Tickell's Blue showed himself again: IMG_8422 IMG_8423 (sorry, I just cannot resist his beauty!..He reminds me of the Eastern Bluebird I see in the US!) Nehru was lost in the mist in front of his Nilaya: IMG_8383 The liana in front of Nehru Nilaya is so beautiful! IMG_8386 IMG_8401 I liked this abstract at the reservoir: IMG_8460 I turned this picture sideways to get the eye of the tree! IMG_8390 I also got a necklace of diamonds: IMG_8400 Visitors were finding out that "rock-steady" may not really be so: IMG_8424 The mist finally cleared and we got our view from the top: IMG_8402 I found these tiny wildflowers growing on the rocks: IMG_8406 There were a lot of visitors by now, so not wishing to add to the crowd, we left. On the way back, we found a Black Kite trying to pick up a Rat Snake, and stopped to photograph it. The bird, which had dropped the snake, had not come back, but it did appear to be a bird kill and not a road kill. IMG_8469 The bird list was short but very satisfying: Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Tawny-bellied Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-eater, Green Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Red-breasted Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Myna, Common Myna, Jungle Honey-buzzard, Oriental Pigeon, Blue Rock Pigeon, Nilgiri Wood Pipit, Olive-backed Robin, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Roller, Indian Sparrow, House Sunbird, Purple-rumped Tailorbird, Common Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Orange-headed Un id Raptor Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White-browed Warbler, Booted Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Tickell's Leaf White-eye, Oriental

More photos on my FB album,

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and my eBird checklist..

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Thank you to the trio of avid birders!