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Rainy day birding trip to Malathahalli lake


Our first birding trip to Malathahalli lake, Bangalore turned out to be more dramatic than we had imagined. What promised to be a sunny day when we started, turned out with thick teal tinged clouds as soon as we reached the lake. The bad weather came as a blessing in disguise. Read on to know...



As the dark clouds started to dim the light, an Oriental Magpie Robin made an appearance...





I somehow captured a Pale-billed Flowerpecker in the low light condition...


It started to drizzle, but we chased a Plain tiger butterfly to have at least some pictures before the rain played havoc...








Rain finally fell, drenching the surroundings and the flock of Eurasian Coots in the lake...


I clicked water drops as we took shelter under the canopy of an outhouse...

Thankfully, the rain and thunder storm ended soon and caused very minor annoyance...



The most amazing sight awaited us as we exited the outhouse after the rain. Some Peafowls came out for a dance after the rain...


Usually the peafowls limit themselves to the small island in the lake and are very difficult to spot...


Peacocks are vulnerable to attacks because their flight is slow due to their heavy plumage. They find it safe to come out in the open only before and after a rain. During rain, their predators will themselves be scampering to find a safe place to hide...


Far away, a peacock was seen in flight...


Calotropis gigantea aka milkweed flowers...





Ashy Prinia...



Blue Tiger Butterfly...





Greater Coucal...


Passiflora foetida...



Saw a beautiful Peucetia Viridans aka Green Lynx spider on the Passion Fruit vine...



The species is primarily of interest for its usefulness in agricultural pest management, for example in cotton fields. The Green Lynx spiders have been observed to hunt several moth species and their larvae, including some of the most important crop pests...


Indian Robin...








Oriental Magpie Robin...


Passiflora foetida aka Stinking Passion Flower....


Rose-ringed Parakeets...


Crimson Rose Butterfly...


A female Purple Sunbird...














Avian life of Hebbal

Over the past year, it has become a weekly routine with us to look out for new birding locations in and around Bangalore. 

We explored many wonderful new places every Sunday morning. In this exploration spree, we have been ignoring Hebbal lake, which was our regular haunt for bird watching. 

Last Sunday, we visited Hebbal lake and here are some pictures of the avian life over there...






The Sun was trying to wriggle out of the cloud cover when we reached Hebbal lake...


An Egret was looking out for an early morning breakfast...


Light started to improve...


The boys were active on the dewy grass...



The morning was filling everybody with energy. A Spot-billed duck was seen splashing... 


Rose-ringed parakeets were happily munching the beans of Madras Thorn...


Madras Thorn or Pithecellobium dulce is an evergreen tree. The seed is dispersed via birds that feed on the sweet pulp...


Madras Thorn is also known as Manilla Tamarind or Sweet tamarind...


Rose-ringed parakeets seemed to relish the beans...








Gulmohur flowers...


Spot-billed Duck...





Black kite...



 Black kite's feathers have interesting patterns...


A White-cheeked Barbet flew to a tree top...













Cherry tree...


A pair of Common Mynas looked quite upset with each other...


Jungle Warbler Babbler...












Plain Tiger butterfly...



Closeup of a Rose-ringed Parakeet...






Common Hawk-Cuckoo...


Common Hawk-cuckoo bears a close resemblance to the Shikra, even in its style of flying and landing on a perch...






The resemblance to hawks gives this group the generic name of hawk-cuckoo and like many other cuckoos these are brood parasites, laying their eggs in nests of babblers...


It is popularly known as the brainfever bird...



It is called Brainfever bird as its ceaseless call during breeding season sounds very much like saying Brain Fever…Brain Fever...


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