A short birding trip to Hesaraghatta

It has been over an year since I visited Hessaraghatta for a birding trip. It was a lovely vista of 1000 acres of grassland formed by drying up of a reservoir. I had driven around the vast grassland and managed to spot many interesting birds. You can read the blog posts of those two trips here and here.

This time the nice place had a higher handicap of trouble to get the car in. The authorities have blocked vehicles to scuttle the illegal mining activities. So, this time I walked around till my legs got stiff and managed to spot some interesting birds. Here's a photo tour...

The beautiful landscape...

Bay-backed shrike...

Cattle egrets were accompanying cattle to catch insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals...

Greater coucal...

Large grey babblers were in the mood for romance...

Isn't neck kiss the sexiest thing?

Red-wattled lapwing...

An immature Black drongo...

The drongo was trying to catch prey by making fast sorties from its perch...

 Later, the drongo was spotted hitchhiking on the back of a kid...


A White-throated kingfisher caught a fish...

Indian roller...

On my return, I stopped to see a villager trying to catch fish with his not-so-fancy fishing rod...

His skill is enough to beat any fancy spinning rod...

I hope you liked the post. Do let me know your feedback in the comments section below...


  1. Great captures! Nature is amazing.

  2. Good one. Have not been there for ages now.

  3. I know I'm meant to be looking at the splash of red, but that blue bird is stunning!! #RubyTuesdayToo

  4. I am so jealous of your photography - what amazing photos, one right after another, week after week!
    Thank you for joining us at

  5. Amazing photos!!!
    Stop by and join in the fun:

  6. It’s amazing. I enjoyed this post, like each week.

  7. The Indian roller and the white-throated kingfisher are just beautiful birds! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More! If you ever do make it out to our local national botanical garden, then I could try and introduce you to the manager. He is very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. :)

  8. Thanks for little hints of red here and there.

  9. Hello! Wonderful and beautiful birds! Awesome photos!

  10. in Bavaria is wintertime ☺
    Happy WW!

  11. I pick the two white birds as my favorite, but all your photos are fabulous. Thanks for sharing with Pictorial Tuesday.

  12. Such a fabulous variety of birds! The drongo in flight is so awesome to see. Nice shooting!

  13. So many new and unknown birds! Nice to see them!

  14. These are great shots! Don't you love it when animals are interacting and you get their photo?

  15. beautiful photography. Love all the action shots of the Drongo. Have a great weekend.

  16. Hello, gorgeous scenery. The birds are all beautiful. I have so many favorites like the Lapwing, Indian Roller, Kingfisher and Hoopoe, the Drongo captures are lovely, beautiful feathers. I love seeing the Cattle Egrets with the cattle. Awesome post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! PS, thanks always for the comment on blog.

  17. Goats came marching by , little bird and fish delightful

  18. So many great images as always


  19. The white-throated kingfisher! So special. We have other ones here. Love to see yours!

  20. Love the shadowy touches here and there.

  21. Thanks for being so patient with me while I was on a holiday break! I LOVE having you share your blog with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

    That black dingo has to be my favorite this week!

  22. What an amazing looking bird that roller is :)


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