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Birding at Valley School

I spent the last day of the year doing what I enjoyed doing the majority of the Sundays of 2017 - Birdwatching. 

I trekked in two different bird watching hotspots of Bangalore, Valley School and Turahalli mini forest from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. 

This post contains the birds I saw at Valley School. Next post will contain the birds from Turahalli. 

Join me on this photo tour...



The area near Valley School in Bangalore has both woods and open grasslands. The area is inhabited by a variety of pretty birds...


Red-whiskered Bulbul...


Green Bee-eater...


This area has a lot of Green Bee-eaters who keep catching bees by carrying out sorties from an open perch...



Before swallowing prey, a green bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch...



After finishing a meal, he still looks hungry and seems ready for the next sortie...


Immature Scaly-breasted Munia...











The mature Scaly-breasted Munia have stunning plumage. Here's a picture I had clicked at Saul Kere lake...


Male Purple Sunbird in eclipes plumage...





 The non-breeding Purple Sunbird males show eclipse plumage of a central streak of black on yellow underparts...















 Juvenile Red-whiskered Bulbul...



A Jungle Babbler was looking intently at a potential prey...


And he catches a praying mantis with practiced ease...


Wire-tailed Swallow...



Coppersmith Barbet...



Coppersmith or crimson-breasted barbet is a beautiful bird with crimson forehead and throat...



Coppersmith barbet is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer...


Here's a panorama of the birding area around Valley School. Click or tap to navigate...



On the way back I witnessed the last sunset of 2017. Happy new year!



31 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics.Last pic amazing.
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the bee-eater captures, and the last sunset shot is wonderful!

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  3. I enjoyed these photos. Nice detail of all the bird, beaks, and feathers! Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend!

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  4. Beautiful assortment of birds - love the green bee eater

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  5. I love these beautiful and unique birds! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  6. These are wonderful bird pictures.

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  7. The sun shot makes me think of the Endless Summer movie photo. - Margy

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  8. Wow, you see awesome birds there. Great collection of photos. Thank you so much for linking up your post! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  9. lovely lovely birds! Thanks for sharing these photos with us!

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  10. ASTOUNDING CLOSE UPS i ADORE YOUR WORK

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  11. What gorgeous photographs and it must have been difficult to catch the birds at the right time. Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggersPitStop. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Thank you so much for joining us birders this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Hope you can return again throughout 2018.

    I too would rather go birding on a day trip! You shared some great portraits!

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  13. Wonderful photos! I love the red-whiskered bulbul shots! What a wonderful bird!

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  14. Wonderful photos! Really enjoyed the ones of the bee eaters, interesting birds.

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  15. I love that you spent the last day of the year doing what you love. I believe it is a sign that this new year will be filled with doing more of what you love. Lovely photos of lovely birds.

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  16. How fantastic you shot the last sunset of the year, it's a beautie! You need to be commended on your bird shots. Amazing :)

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  17. Some gorgeous images here, thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Oh SO beautiful - these birds are stunning in their variety.
    Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/ill-never-be-cotton-farmer.html

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  19. The colors of the birds and no snow...Perfect..Michelle

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  20. Wonderful photos. The birds are beautiful, and that sunset is stunning!
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  21. Wonderful shots. The call of the coppersmith used to be very common in the afternoon some years ago. I am glad they are thriving still.

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  22. Very beautiful shots. Everything about this post is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. What beautiful birds! I especially liked the Green Bee Eater.

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