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Avian life of Hebbal

Over the past year, it has become a weekly routine with us to look out for new birding locations in and around Bangalore. 

We explored many wonderful new places every Sunday morning. In this exploration spree, we have been ignoring Hebbal lake, which was our regular haunt for bird watching. 

Last Sunday, we visited Hebbal lake and here are some pictures of the avian life over there...






The Sun was trying to wriggle out of the cloud cover when we reached Hebbal lake...


An Egret was looking out for an early morning breakfast...


Light started to improve...


The boys were active on the dewy grass...



The morning was filling everybody with energy. A Spot-billed duck was seen splashing... 


Rose-ringed parakeets were happily munching the beans of Madras Thorn...


Madras Thorn or Pithecellobium dulce is an evergreen tree. The seed is dispersed via birds that feed on the sweet pulp...


Madras Thorn is also known as Manilla Tamarind or Sweet tamarind...


Rose-ringed parakeets seemed to relish the beans...








Gulmohur flowers...


Spot-billed Duck...





Black kite...



 Black kite's feathers have interesting patterns...


A White-cheeked Barbet flew to a tree top...













Cherry tree...


A pair of Common Mynas looked quite upset with each other...


Jungle Warbler Babbler...












Plain Tiger butterfly...



Closeup of a Rose-ringed Parakeet...






Common Hawk-Cuckoo...


Common Hawk-cuckoo bears a close resemblance to the Shikra, even in its style of flying and landing on a perch...






The resemblance to hawks gives this group the generic name of hawk-cuckoo and like many other cuckoos these are brood parasites, laying their eggs in nests of babblers...


It is popularly known as the brainfever bird...



It is called Brainfever bird as its ceaseless call during breeding season sounds very much like saying Brain Fever…Brain Fever...


Kaikondrahalli lake visit

Last Sunday morning, we went on a quick trip to Kaikondrahalli lake in Bangalore. Due to some other engagements, we could spend only one hour at the lake. 
Here are some photos... 







It was exciting to see a Hoopoe...


Hoopoes are colourful birds notable for their distinctive "crown" of feathers...





Grey Heron...


Grey Heron in flight...


Millets...


Little Egret...





A shy Greater Coucal...









Intermediate Egret... 









Indian Pond Heron...


Millets...


Black-headed Ibis...








Squirrel...


A Great Cormorant was seen diving in search of fish...


It succeeded in catching a big one...





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