Daroji/Hampi: Field Trip Report. 290912 to 021012

Several of us drove down to Daroji and Hampi, leaving on the 29th of
September and returning on the 2nd of October, 2013. The group from
Bangalore conisted of: Manjula Sridhar, Rama Warrier, Rohan
Chakravarty, Santosh Bengaluru, Samrat, Tharangini Bala, and myself.
We were very lucky to meet up with Dr Arun S K, Dr Nagraj C S,
Pompayyaswamy Malemath, Samad Kottur, and Santosh Martin, all from
Bellary. They made it a very memorable visit for us.

We attended the inaugural function of World Wildlife Week organized by
the Daroji Karadi Dhama, where the children of two schools took part.
We were able to gaze, quite awestruck, at the wonderful book,
“Darojji- An Ecological Destination” (authored by Vijay Mohan Raj,
Ganesh HS and Samad Kottur) that was about to be launched.

Naturalists from Bellary are even warmer than the weather there! And
this time, some monsoon clouds (and the occasional shower) helped us
be out of doors practically the entire day, during our visit. Mr
Pompayyah’s incredible spotting skills, Santosh’s helpfulness, Samad’s
speech to the children, that had the convincing quality of coming from
the heart, Dr Arun’s great sense of humour…everything contributed to
a great visit, to both the wildlife and the heritage sites. The food
was excellent, and Manjula asked for some local cuisine like Shusla,
Jhunka, Obbattu, and Shenga Pudi, thanks to which I am certainly
fatter now.

A heartfelt thank you to all of them.

Here’s the list of creatures. Alas, I am not able to maintain an
“as-seen” list as I can only tabulate the list when I get back in the
evening, and have to do it with my eyes drooping with sleep! If I have
left out anything, the fault is mine, and I request my friends to
supply th missing names. Also, where my IQ (Ignorance Quotient) is
high, I’ve just mentioned generic names. The list includes everything
seen and observed on our drive to and from Daroji, as well.

I’ve put up photos on my FaceBook album for public viewing, for each
day of the visit, and have uploaded a few videos, too, the links to
which are in the photo albums.

Cheers, Deepa.

Birds

Avadavat, Red
Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Large Grey
Babbler, Yellow-eyed
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Blue-tailed
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, Yellow-throated
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cisticola, Zitting
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Common
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Cuckoo, Pied
Darter, Oriental
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Black
Drongo, White-bellied
Duck, Lesser Whistling
Duck, Spot-billed
Eagle, Short-toed Snake
Egret Little
Egret, Cattle
Flameback, Black-rumped
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flowerpecker, Thick-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Francolin, Grey
Grebe, Little
Heron, Pond
Heron, Purple
Heron, Purple
Heron,Grey
Hoopoe, Common
Hornbill, Indian Grey
Ibis, Black-headed
Iora, Common
Jacana, Bronze-winged
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-winged
Kite,Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Lapwing, Yellow-wattled
Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow
Lark, Greater Short-toed
Lark, Rufous-tailed
Minivet, Small
Moorhen, Common
Moorhen, Purple
Munia, Black-headed
Munia, Scaly-Breasted
Munia, White-rumped
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Oriole, Black-hooded
Owl, Eurasian Eagle
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Plum-headed
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Peafowl, Indian
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Plover, Little Ringed
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Jungle
Prinia, Plain
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Common
Shikra
Shrike, Bay-backed
Shrike, Long-tailed
Silverbill, Indian
Spurfowl, Painted
Starling, Brahminy
Starling, Rosy
Stilt, Black-winged
Stork, Painted
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swift, House
Tailorbird, Commom
Tern, River
Tern, Whiskered
Thick-knee, Eurasian
Thrush, Blue Rock
Treepie, Rufous
Vulture, Egyptian
Wagtail, Pied
Wagtail, Yellow
Waterhen, White-breasted
Weaver, Baya
Woodpecker, Streak-throated

Butterflies:

Blue, pale grass
Castor, Common
Cerulean, Common
Coster, Tawny
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Common
Emigrant, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Jezebel, Common
Lime,Common
Orange-tip, White
Pansy, Blue
Pansy, Chocolate
Pansy, Lemon
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Dark Blue
Tiger, Glassy
Tiger, Plain
Tiger, Striped
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Spotless Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass

Dragonflies/Damselflies

Dart, Coromandel Marsh
Jewel, Ditch
Picturewing, Common
Skimmer, Pied Paddyfield
Skimmer,Ground

Insects and others:

Bee, Carpenter
Bee, Honey
Bee,Blue-banded
Beetles, Various
Bugs, Various
Centipede
Cricket
Grasshopper
Grasshopper, Painted
Katytdid
Millipede
Scorpion
Spider, Jumping
Spider, Lynx
Spider, Orb
Spider, Social
Wasp
Wasp, Solitary Hunter

Mammals

Bear, Sloth
Hare, Black-naped
Mongoose, Ruddy
Jackal, Indian

Reptiles/Amphibians

Agama, Peninsular Rock
Gecko, House
Gecko, Termite Hill
Frogs, Various
Lizard, Garden
Keelback, Checkered
Lizard, Monitor
Snake, Rat
Toad, Indian

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