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Flower show and a camera ban



On the last day of the Bangalore Flower Show 2023, my wife, kid and I decided to make a visit. The Horticulture department has banned digital cameras in the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. 

The reasons for the ban:

1. to avoid inconveniencing visitors, especially the daily walkers and runners

2. to ensure flora and fauna are not disturbed

3. flash light and photography equipment can cause bee attack

All illogical reasons.

But they allow mobile phone cameras and make a mockery of all the above said reasons. 

Here are our phone camera pics from the flower show…



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The sky…



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A variety of Chrysanthemums…


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Bluemink...



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Alstroemeria… 

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Day lilies…



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Dianthus…



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New Guinea impatiens…



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Poinsettia…


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Tulips…

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Snapdragon…



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Venus flytrap…

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The trapped insects are the only critters I have this week...

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Pycnosorus…





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Purple striped chrysanthemum…



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The place has a good variety of birds. We saw Black-naped Oriole, Tickell's Flowerpecker, Shikra, Oriental Magpie Robin, a Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker and a few sunbirds. Without a camera the sightings were disappointing for me. But Rohan enjoyed viewing them through the binoculars…



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We also took photos of each other in various poses…

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An attempt to salvage a bad mobile photo…




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There are a few photographers who depend on the botanical garden for their livelihood. They  shoot and print instant postcards for ₹ 100. Here’s our family pic clicked by one of them…


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Thus ended our trip. Overall it was an enjoyable one. For now, it seems like a permanent camera ban and other parks are following suit. Hope the Horticulture department will apply their mind and reverse the ban.


Boxed into a corner at Hoskote

The birding hotspot at Hoskote lake has been flooded since November, 2021. 

Birdwatchers have been  literally  boxed into a corner of the lake since then. 

I go there once in a while, tread the sidewalks of farmlands, brave aggressive guard dogs and try to click birds from afar. 

Here are the few birds I found last weekend…




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I was just in time to capture the sunrise…




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Water consumed most of the erstwhile birding area and threatens to take over the farmlands too…

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A Gray Wagtail is the first sighting…




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A Richard's Pipit is seen foraging in the freshly tilled field…

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A Black Drongo has an easy job guarding his territory that is surrounded by water…




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A Little Cormorant is drying itself…



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Can you spot the White-throated Kingfisher on that distant tree…





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Paddyfield Pipit…



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A Little Egret flew across…



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Some marigold flowers from te farm…



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A Red-vented Bulbul…



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A Paddyfield Warbler sat atop a mango tree…

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Millet grass…



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Cormorants, drongo, kingfisher and heron perched together…



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Three White-browed Wagtails put on a great show…

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The wagtails then moved to the ground...

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A Red-wattled Lapwing was guarding the area like a dedicated sentinel…



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More Cormorant gathering…



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A Gray Heron…



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A small family of Waterlilies. Looked like a single parent with three kids…



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I watched a White-throated Kingfisher looking for a fish meal…



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He hit the jackpot after a few unsuccessful attempts…

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An Asia Green Bee-eater…



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A Long-tailed Shrike marked its presence…

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An Indian Pond Heron posed with a water lily…



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Water lilies are a new introduction at Hoskote lake. I took several shots of the beautiful blooms…

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A Common Bluetail damselfly is seen perched on a petal…



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And the last sighting is a Bronze-winged Jacana who is seen imitating me treading the uneven sidewalks of fields…



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It was a difficult and tiring trip but I was happy with the sightings. Hope you liked the post. Awaiting your comments…