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Birds of Lalbagh

Sunday morning birding trip to Lalbagh, Bangalore was quite good with some really pleasant surprises. I had an impromptu meeting with the good folks of Birdwatchers' Field Club of Bangalore. More about them at the end of this post.
Here's a photo tour...




I reached Lalbagh in time to see the glorious sunrise...


An Indian Spot-billed duck was at its reflective best. The male has a red spot on the base of the bill, which is absent or inconspicuous in the smaller but otherwise similar female...





Chestnut-tailed starling...


The morning walkers bring loads of grains to feed the pigeons, rose-ringed parakeets and squirrels...


The feeding frenzy was quite a sight...





Ashy Drongo...


Ashy Drongo is a migratory bird. It is seen here only during winter...


As I was watching, it caught a bee...


White Dombeya flowers produce a sweet pleasant smell...


Pink Dombeya flowers...



Brahminy Kite...


A Verditer Flycatcher was such a tease. I got a glimpse for just a second which explains the bad photo quality...


Little Egret...




Saraca Asoca flower. Commonly known as Ashoka tree, it is an important tree in the cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent and adjacent areas...



A Common Jezebel butterfly that was sucking nectar had wings in the same colour combination as the Saraca Asoca flowers...



A pair of Spotted Owlet were sitting with their eyes closed...



After a while, one of them opened one eye to check the surroundings...


Another one opened both eyes for a second...





Rose-ringed Parakeet...








Male Oriental Magpie Robin...


Oriental Magpie Robins are particularly well known for their songs and were once popular as cagebirds...


The Birdwatchers' Field Club of Bangalore is a birdwatching club in Bangalore founded in the 1970s.
An informal organization, it meets every second Sunday of the month at 7:30 am in the Lalbagh Glass House. No membership fees or other formalities are needed to be a part of the group. Other trips happen at the Hebbal Lake on the 1st Sunday of every month at 7:30 am and near Bannerghatta National Park on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 6:30 am. 4th Sunday around Sarjapur. Intimations for the trips are made on the email discussion group.  

Portraits of Rohan

I tried some black & white portrait photography with my 3 year old Rohan. Have a look...


Batboy...



We need stricter finger gun laws...



I like to tune a guitar and Tuna fish...




What to do when you outgrow your best friend?




I need a kiss on the cheek...




Hey...How you doing?



Go green!


 I can't wait until I learn how to read...



Birding at flooded Hoskote lake

Two months back, I had been to Hoskote lake in Bangalore on a rainy day and had written a blog post titled - Rainy day birding. That was one difficult nature walk where I had to squish noisily through mud and mire. Last Sunday, I revisited the place to find most of the walking trails submerged as there were more rains. Here's a photo tour of what little I could salvage from the quagmire...


Here's a panorama of Hoskote lake and its surroundings. Click or tap to navigate the 360° view...


The morning was misty...


I could see the silhouette of a Greater Coucal...


More mist...


A female Asian Koel...


Dew drop...


Painted Storks flying overhead...



Lantana...



Plain Prinia...


Sky...



More flora...



Pied Bush Chat...








Soulful birds of Saul Kere


Another Sunday, and I set out to explore yet another beautiful lake in Bangalore. Saul Kere lake is home to some interesting birds, plants and critters. Here's a photo tour...



The weather was overcast and the trail around the lake was scenic...


A Rose-ringed Parakeet was happily munching something...


It looked wicked with its half open eye... 


Its open eye was full of life though...


A small flock of Scaly-breasted Munias were chirping, "kitty kitty kitty"...
















Booted Warbler...


Booted Warbler...


Common Mormon butterfly...


 A juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia...


Juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia in flight...


The sun was up but the morning was still misty and pleasant...


This one was busy preening...



A White-cheeked Barbet seemed to have caught a dragonfly...



White-cheeked Barbets usually feed on fruits but they will take winged insects opportunistically...












Plain Tiger butterfly...


The scaly-breasted Munia feeds mainly on seeds but also eats small berries such as those of Lantana...











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