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:
Undaunted, we walked around in the nursery, looking for birds
Here's my salute to the place where I've seen some of the most beautiful birds in Bangalore:
The flowers were blooming, but we couldn't see too many birds..
in fact we couldn't see much, though this
TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER
However, even in the mist, the
NILGIRI WOOD PIGEONS
ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER
looked extra beautiful in the mist!
my friends delightedly followed the tail-flaunting fellow!
is my post about the beautiful bird.
We found some Warblers in the hedge...it started like this,
then we had a glimpse,
and then we saw the bird!
Taking pity on us, they finally did make short appearances in the open:
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.)
A brief flurry of excitement about whether we'd got the Pied Thrush until we realized it was the Blue-capped Rock Thrush female.
The Tickell's Blue showed himself again:
(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:
The liana in front of Nehru Nilaya is so beautiful!
I liked this abstract at the reservoir:
I turned this picture sideways to get the eye of the tree!
I also got a necklace of diamonds:
Visitors were finding out that "rock-steady" may not really be so:
The mist finally cleared and we got our view from the top:
I found these tiny wildflowers growing on the rocks:
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.
The bird list was short but very satisfying:
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch
Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pigeon, Nilgiri Wood
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Thrush, Blue Rock
Thrush, Blue-capped Rock
Un id Raptor
Warbler, Tickell's Leaf
More photos on my FB album,
and my eBird checklist..
Thank you to the trio of avid birders!