I was requested by Irina Ghose and Gopal to conduct a nature/birding walk at Lalbagh for their daughter Divya, who was celebrating her birthday.
I reached there early:
And got in some early-morning images:
This vendor of wheat-grass juice has his own power supply!
We gathered most of the group together for a “landmark” shot:
And off we went.
We started with the commonest of birds, the Blue Rock Pigeon:
and the Black Kite (here, a silhouette in the sky):
At the lake, we saw a Little Egret and a Purple Heron:
A Purple Swamphen:
A Common Moorhen:
A White-throated Kingfisher looked out over the rose garden.
The Spotted Owlets didn’t seem too enthused to see me back again with another group:
It was very nice to see several of the children jotting down the birds’ names:
The birds were not the only beautiful things around!
Some of the historic structures in the park also seemed lost in green dreams of long ago:
In the middle of the cultivated gardens I did find some tiny, exquisite wildflowers.
Here’s everyone at the end of the walk, they seemed to have had a good time!
Divya cut her birthday cake, which attracted a few more children.
I left the children and the adults celebrating in the park, one of the jewels of our city
More photos in the FB album
and the eBird list is
I do enjoy such walks a lot!