CWLS/Galibore outing, 240115

January 27, 2015

We (Ashok Sengupta, Nitin Achari, Prashanth Bhat, Rama Warrier, Rohit Girotra and I) left while it was still dark:


The sun slowly came up…


The Kaveri flowed in all her usual beauty:




Manjunath, the Forest Guard, was with us throughout: IMG_9856 Some of the birds: WOOLLY-NECKED STORK IMG_9863 ORIENTAL DARTER IMG_9864 HOOPOE: IMG_9754 CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE: IMG_9775 BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK IMG_9795 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE IMG_9806 WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW: IMG_9808 RED-RUMPED SWALLOW IMG_9813 HOUSE SPARROW IMG_9824 JUNGLE MYNA: IMG_9826 INDIAN ROBIN IMG_9850 INDIAN PITTA IMG_9878 IMG_9882 Insects: A beautiful wasp: IMG_9800 Plants: We saw the seeds and wind dispersal of this particular milkweed: IMG_9763 with the "pencil-shaving" bark Acacia IMG_9789 I call these thorns the "bad habit thorns as they are easy to get into, and very tough to get out of, thanks to their inward-curving hooks! IMG_9887 the beauty of this Acacia trunk: IMG_9846 Un id flowering tree IMG_9917 The beauty of these un id seed-pods: IMG_9958 Liana vines: IMG_9790 Rohit clicking a Little Orange-tip: IMG_9767 Then noting it down with his meticulous field notes: IMG_9772 Here are some of the butterflies. COMMON SILVERLINE IMG_9905 SPOTLESS GRASS YELLOW IMG_9770 YELLOW ORANGE-TIP IMG_9889 PLAIN TIGER: IMG_9779 LITTLE ORANGE-TIP: IMG_9848 AFRICAN MALLOW SKIPPER: IMG_9912 INDIAN SKIPPER IMG_9914 ZEBRA BLUE IMG_9781 COMMON JEZEBEL IMG_9855 SPOTLESS GRASS YELLOW IMG_9783 COMMON PIERROT IMG_9854 ROUNDED PIERROT IMG_9810 JEZEBEL IMG_9919 GREAT ORANGE-TIP IMG_9937 IMG_9939 PLAINS BLUE ROYAL that we saw at Chunchi Falls IMG_9985 IMG_9989 Mammals.. GRIZZLED GIANT SQUIRREL: IMG_9935 IMG_9936 At Chunchi Falls, we were awed by the sight of this SMOOTH-COATED OTTER right on the road, as it ran along the irrigation canal: IMG_9994 IMG_9996 Reptiles... a rock would wave its tail.. that rock would be a croc... IMG_9870 a COBRA we saw on the road: IMG_9953 IMG_9955 The beautiful villages: IMG_0004 This is "oLagaLLi", the village where Chunchi Falls are.. IMG_9956 IMG_9845 Some had pink houses and lovely trees! IMG_0005 IMG_9967 The path winds away into the future... IMG_9969 Children sometimes have to be dragged! IMG_9971 Colourful "gOpurA" IMG_9963 Shiva, with matted locks, dressed in deerskin, with snakes at his throat, hands and feet, with some politicians IMG_9965 At one village, a fire had been set: IMG_9960 IMG_9961 Lovely roof design... IMG_9924 Colourful little vans... IMG_9977 More colourful houses IMG_9997 With colourful washing: IMG_9999 Still figuring out what kind of Nazis these are: IMG_0018 Some random artwork in a village on the way: IMG_9831 We visitd Chunchi Falls, another beautiful place: IMG_9974 We ate a delayed lunch: IMG_9977 Birds: Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-cheeked Bee-eater, Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-browed Bushchat, Pied Bushlark, Jerdon's Bushlark, Indian Buzzard, Oriental Honey Buzzard, White-eyed Coot, Common Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Little Coucal, Greater Crow, House Crow, Jungle Cuckoo-shrike, Large Darter, Oriental Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Black Duck, Spot-billed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Greater Spotted Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Eagle, Lesser Fishing Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Francolin, Grey (call) Garganey Grebe, Little Greenshank, Common Heron, Grey Heron, Pond Heron, Purple Hoopoe, Indian Jacana, Bronze-winged Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, White-breasted Kite, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Common Koel, Asian Lapwing, Red-wattled Myna, Common Myna, Jungle Parakeet, Rose-ringed Pelican, Spot-billed Pigeon, Blue Rock Pipit, Paddyfield Pitta, Indian Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Plain Robin, Indian Roller, Indian Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Shrike, Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Silverbill, Indian Sparrow, House Stork, Painted Stork, Woolly-necked Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Streak-throated Swamphen, Purple Tit, Great Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White-browed Warbler, Booted Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Greenish Waterhen, White-breasted Butterflies (Rohit's list) Hesperiidae - Skippers Telicota bambusae bambusae Oriental Dark Palm-Dart Hesperiidae - Skippers Spialia galba Indian Grizzled Skipper Lycaenidae - Blues Castalius rosimon rosimon Continental Common Pierrot Lycaenidae - Blues Catochrysops strabo strabo Oriental Forget-me-not Lycaenidae - Blues Chilades lajus lajus Indian Lime Blue Lycaenidae - Blues Jamides celeno celeno Oriental Common Cerulean Lycaenidae - Blues Lampides boeticus Pea Blue Lycaenidae - Blues Leptotes plinius plinius Asian Zebra Blue Lycaenidae - Blues Prosotas nora ardates Indian Common Lineblue Lycaenidae - Blues Tarucus nara Striped Pierrot Lycaenidae - Blues Zizeeria karsandra Dark Grass Blue Lycaenidae - Blues Zizina otis indica Indian Lesser Grass Blue Lycaenidae - Blues Zizula hylax hylax Indian Tiny Grass Blue Lycaenidae - Blues Rapala iarbus sorya Indian Red Flash Lycaenidae - Blues Spindasis vulcanus vulcanus Indian Common Silverline Lycaenidae - Blues Tajuria jehana Plains Blue Royal Nymphalidae Danaus chrysippus chrysippus Oriental Plain Tiger Nymphalidae Euploea core core Indian Common Crow Nymphalidae Acraea violae Tawny Coster Nymphalidae Phalanta phalantha phalantha Oriental Common Leopard Nymphalidae Neptis hylas varmona Indian Common Sailer Nymphalidae Neptis jumbah nalanda Nalanda Chestnut-streaked Sailer Nymphalidae Hypolimnas misippus Danaid Eggfly Nymphalidae Junonia lemonias lemonias Chinese Lemon Pansy Nymphalidae Junonia orithya swinhoei Pale Blue Pansy Nymphalidae Melantis leda leda Oriental Common Evening Brown Nymphalidae Ypthima asterope mahratta Indian Three-ring Swallowtails Pachliopta aristolochiae aristolochiaeIndian Common Rose Swallowtails Pachliopta hector Crimson Rose Swallowtails Papilio polytes romulus Indian Common Mormon Pieridae Catopsilia pomona pomona Oriental Lemon Emigrant Pieridae Catopsilia pyranthe pyranthe Oriental Mottled Emigrant Pieridae Eurema brigitta rubella Red-line Small Grass Yellow Pieridae Eurema hecabe hecabe Oriental Common Grass Yellow Pieridae Colotis aurora Plain Orange-tip Pieridae Colotis danae danae Crimson Tip Pieridae Colotis etrida etrida Indian Little Orange-tip Pieridae Delias eucharis Indian Jezebel Pieridae Eurema laeta laeta Indian Spotless Grass Yellow Pieridae Hebomoia glaucippe australis Sahyadri Great Orange-tip Pieridae Ixias marianne White Orange-tip Pieridae Ixias pyrene sesia Dakhan Yellow Orange-tip Pieridae Leptosia nina nina Oriental Psyche Pieridae Pareronia hippia hippia Wanderer Insects: Bees,Damselflies, Dragonflies, Grasshoppers, Spiders, Wasps, various Mammals: Boar, Wild Civet, Palm Chital Mongoose, Common Shrew, Indian Field Squirrel,Grizzled Giant Squirrel,Three-striped Palm Otter, Smooth-coated Homo butteriens: Ashok Deepa Nitin Prashanth Rama Rohit Reptiles: Cobra Lizard, Monitor Snake, Rat Crocodile

Let me close with this Plains Blue Royal, which was a lifer for me: