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Bird watching at Valley School

I couldn't go on a Sunday bird watching trip in the past month due to travel and other pressing engagements. Last week, few birdwatchers of Bangalore were planning a Sunday birding trip to Valley School. I was included to the group of six by a friend on Saturday. Here's a photo essay of the early morning hike that gave us some fabulous sightings...


Overcast sunrise...


First sighting was of a White-rumped Munia...


A Jungle Babbler flew in and scared the munias away...








Dates...


A couple of Blue Faced Malkoha were seen sharing a worm...



Blue Faced Malkoha...


Indian Redwing (Pterolobium hexapetalum)



Got a glimpse of an Indian Grey Hornbill...


Indian Grey Hornbill in flight...



Here's a panoramic shot of the surroundings...



A couple of Jerdon's Bushlark were seen foraging in the grassland...

















Mushroom...


Here's one more panaromic shot...



Cherimoya or Custard Apple...








Tawny Coster butterfly...


A pair of Paradise Flycatcher probably discussing current hairstyle trends...


A caterpillar was seen ascending rapidly using its silk...





Recent downpours have resulted in the appearance of some beautiful mushrooms... 





White throated fantail's constant movement and bad light resulted in bad photos...








White Rumped Shama...





More mushrooms...



Oriental white-eye...







Common Sailor Butterfly...



Snowberry...


Crimson-Tip  butterfly...


58 comments:

  1. The bright red seed pods are Indian Redwing, Pterolobium hexapetalum, and the white berries in the penultimate photo is Xanthium so. Lovely post,enjoyed it! - Deepa.

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  2. Love the shot of the birds sharing a worm. The mushrooms are so delicate. - Margy

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  3. That inverse mushroom makes a great photo

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  4. Loved that first block of images - wonderful captures; thank you for sharing.

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  5. Wonderful post. Certainly a very worthwhile morning. I love the shots of the larks.

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  6. gorgeous photos. i really like the one with the birds sharing the worm and the pic of the mushrooms #PointShoot

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  7. So many beautiful images.

    Mollyx

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  8. Another brilliant post packed with beautiful images. My favourite has to be the faded sunrise. Thank you for linking up to #pointshoot 📷

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  9. Wow, what beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  10. So many wonderful photos, how can I choose? I love the Jerdon's Bushlark and the Paradise Flycatcher, and I have always wanted to try a custard apple.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  11. Well I just had to Google if you can eat a Custard Apple as I see them all the time in the wild. Now I need to try one!!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful post. I always learn something new here!

    - Lisa

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  12. a lot of varieties to watch! It must be fun to take pictures of them.

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  13. Such great variety of birds, so many are beautiful!!

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  14. Lovely pictures! And, you have captured so many different things! The bird couple and the custard apples are my favourite. :)

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  15. You captured some fantastic critters and pieces of nature!

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  16. Your posts are always amazing. Nice to follow your nature-watching trips and see so different fruits and critters! The Crimson-Tip butterfly is similar to one we have in Finland, it is called Orange-Tip butterfly... maybe relatives?

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    1. Looks like relatives. Both belong to the same family called Pieridae.

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  17. It's beautiful! Happy #WW @eltrucodemama

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  18. Woooow!! Nature is beautiful.. Fantastic.
    I love that white mushroom.. looks like a japanese umbrella :O. And snowberries? :o - never seen before.
    Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharring!
    Happy WW
    :)

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  19. It is always a great joy to see your stunning photos - thank you!

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  20. Shiju,

    Amazing photo essay! There's some very interesting birds in your part of the world. The fantail in particularly really caught my eye! I also liked the mushroom that sorta made me think of a fan and the snowberry plant which made me think of yogurt covered raisins. :) Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

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  21. nature is wonderful! we just have to look careful around us, every step gives us a little jewel of nature!
    Thanks for the wonderful post!
    Happy WW! ☺

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  22. Wow! Wonderful shots! That hornbill looks like it would be so front heavy in flight! I could have taken one hundred pictures of that caterpillar with the strand of silk and never have the silk show up! Amazing captures!!

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  23. Oh wow, you got some beautiful shots. Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you can join me tomorrow :)

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  24. Beautiful birds and butterflies. Love the sunrise shot. Well, love all the shots! Have a wonderful day.

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  25. Beautiful series of photos. Love the birds and butterflies.

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  26. Awesome variety of beautiful birds. The Hornbill is one of my favorites. Happy Thursday, Enjoy your day!

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  27. Beautiful photos. Thanks for linking up at Life at Rossmont.

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  28. Stunning images. I love seeing birds and fauna I would not normally see. A real treat!

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  29. That is a gorgeous overcast sunrise. I also LOVE the panoramic shot. Thanks for linking up today. I hope your weekend is great!

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  30. Very beautiful! You had a fabulous day out taking photos.

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  31. Love that shot of the overcast sunrise!

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  32. Loved the overcast sunrise . The sun looks like the mango on !

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  33. What a wonderful photoshoot. Such gorgeous pictures -- especially of the birds. I also thought the panoramic shot was magnificent.

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  34. ...WOW, what a fabulous collection of nature! It's hard to pick a favorite. the panoramic shots are a yreat to see. Thanks so much for sharing, enjoy your weekend.

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  35. Wow, some great photos. Like them all, but my fav is the overcast sunrise and the birds beak to beak. Thanks for sharing at Pictorial Tuesday.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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  36. Your photos are gorgeous! I especially love the Molkoha with the slightly uplifted angle of its beak. #countrykids

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  37. What beautiful photos, I love the butterflies but I think the Blue Faced Malkoha is my favourite of the birds.
    #countrykids

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  38. I love the 360 pictures, it gives a great view of where you are. As always so much wildlife beautifully captured and I love the misty sunrise. No mention of your boys, were they there too?

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  39. Hi, I am stopping back to say thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Your birds and butterflies photos are awesome. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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  40. Wow! Amazing photos! The butterflies are beautiful x #CountryKids

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  41. Enjoyed this! Especially the flight of the hornbill! Thanks for linking in this week!

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  42. What a beautiful place and gorgeous photos (feel like I say this every time I visit but I do mean it). Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

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  43. Your photos are just like being there.






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  44. Such beautiful birds and other things that you captured

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  45. Your pictures are always absolutely stunning and it's fantastic to see the different birdlife that you have. #CountryKids

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    1. Stunning photos as always. I too love the inflight pics the best. #countrykids

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  47. How amazing. I am particularly impressed with your in flight picture

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