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Jaipurdoddi forest visit

Jaipurdoddi is one of the many interesting parts of Bannerghatta forest in Bangalore. Last Sunday, we decided to explore Jaipurdoddi forest. It was my first visit and I was delighted to find so many beautiful critters. Here's a photo tour... 


We had a bumpy drive as the road is in very bad condition at many places en route...


At our stop at Ragihalli sheet rock we witnessed the disciplined parade of Processional Ants. They were moving along a mark made by them on the rock. Here's a video I shot...


Camouflage of a female Rock Agama lizard...


Gloriosa superba also known as Glory Lily and Flame Lily. This plant is poisonous, toxic enough to cause human and animal fatalities if ingested. It has been used to commit murder and to commit suicide. Every part of the plant is poisonous, especially the tuberous rhizomes. Poisonings can occur when the tubers are mistaken for sweet potatoes or yams and eaten. 


Female Rock Agama from another angle...





After the brief halt at the Ragihalli sheet rock, we entered the forest area where the roads were more rugged...


Jaipurdoddi looked scenic...


A Hoopoe welcomed us to Jaipurdoddi...


Barricades to divert rogue elephants...


Black-headed Cuckooshrike male...




We scoured the area for critters...




Indian Robin (female)...



Laughing Dove...



Upperside of a Peacock Pansy butterfly....



Underside of a Peacock Pansy butterfly....



Plain Prinia...







Red-vented Bulbul...











Small orb web with web decoration of a Cyclosa spider...



Tridax daisy



A male Baya Weaver was busy building nest...














The nests are partially built before the males begin to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling while hanging from their nests. The females inspect the nest and signal their acceptance of a male. Once a male and a female are paired, the male goes on to complete the nest by adding the entrance tunnel...







Pioneer butterfly...



Brahminy Starling...











Underside of a Common Jezebel butterfly...







Upperside of the Common Jezebel butterfly...








Pied Bushchat (female)...



Pied Bushchat (female)...







Black-rumped Flameback woodpecker...



















The signboard indicated the presence of wild cats in the area...



We stopped near a boulder, when A suggested we should explore the rock crevices for possible bat sighting...















No bats were to be seen but we chanced upon a small den of a wild cat...



Inside the den, A found small pug marks of what she believed to be Rusty-spotted cat. The rusty-spotted cat is one of the cat family's smallest members. Since 2016, the global wild population is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List...




A juvenile Little Bee-eater gave various poses...

















And the final treat of the day was another sighting of the beautiful Peacock Pansy butterfly...







23 comments:

  1. My favourites were the spider web and the shots of the Common Jezebel butterfly. Fantastic! Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

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  2. Such stunning captures of critters! The Little Bee-eater is especially cute. ^.^

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  3. Those bird nests are so beautiful. I don't think I have ever seen anything like them.
    Thank you for showing me something new again!

    -Lisa

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  4. Each photograph is a work of art. Love the little bee-eater, but really enjoyed reading about the Baya Weaver.

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  5. I enjoyed your photo tour enormously. You have such colourful & cute small birds with interesting habits :) The photos of Common Jezebell were stunning!!!! How can a butterfly choose a flower that matches its wing colours... Astonishing!

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  6. Wonderful selection of photos, thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Awesome shots! The Peacock Pansy butterfly is eye-capturing!

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  8. Absolutely lovely photos! Thank you for posting this photos! Made my day!

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  9. Wow... A lovely Post for WATW.

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  10. Wow, gorgeous collection of photos. The birds and butterflies are all gorgeous. I love the juvenile bee-eater. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Stunning butterflies m hoopoe and weavers - all fascintaing to me

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  12. Wow, thank you for all these exquisite photos!!

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  13. Thanks for joining us at I'd Rather B Birdin', as always.

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  14. That butterfly is stunning. I kind of see butterflies as a peace symbol rather like doves #PointShoot

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  15. What amazing finds you have here! I loved seeing the nests!

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  16. You got some great close up shots!

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  17. I think this is one of your most beautiful blogs
    ever - So many interesting and beautiful things. That woodpecker amazed me as our woodpeckers are not nearly so beautiful. Now that I'm staying with my friend in Florida, I think of you so often because she resides in a senior mobile home parkthat is on a beautiful golf course and there are so many birds here. Every day I see cardinals and blue jays and doves and other birds that come to her to feeders and sand hill cranes and egrets and herons other water birds that come to the ponds on the golf course.

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