Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary: Wings and Six Feet

On our visit to the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, several birds thrilled us through the day.

this

TAWNY EAGLE

put in a thrilling appearance, and was mobbed by crows:

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A distant

BAY-BACKED SHRIKE

smiled at us:

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Everywhere there were

PIED WAGTAILS:

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It’s only when we see the

BLACK-WINGED STILT

out of the water, that we see how well-named it is!

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This

GREEN SANDPIPER

was cleaning itself:

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a

GREY HERON

walked gracefully through the water:

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several

GREAT TITS

hopped around:

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some

BRAHMINY STARLINGS

sat on a wire.

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A female

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and a male

PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD

appeared:

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SMALL GREEN BEE-EATERS

were around:

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this

INDIAN ROLLER

was posing well:

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BLACK DRONGOS

have arrived in force!

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We listened to the cacaphony of the

JUNGLE BABBLERS:

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Love and grooming go on, side by side!

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BAYA WEAVERS

at their nests:

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We saw a group of

EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS:

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(taken at high zoom…the idiot birds were far away from the road and we had to beat a path through heavy scrub and fields…still could not get close.)

We stopped at a roadside pond in Sathanur:

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The pond had this

BRONZE-WINGED JACANA:

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COMMON MOORHEN:

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There were two

BRAHMINY KITES

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eyeing a family of

COMMON COOTS

chugging through the water, until, at last, one them got one of the babies.

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until finally, we saw one Kite attack, lift a little one successfully, and fly off…

A

POND HERON

caught a huge fish, and struggled to swallow it:

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Several insects and butterflies caught my attention.

TAWNY COSTER

in the greenery:

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WHITE ORANGE-TIP:

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YELLOW ORANGE-TIP:

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COMMON GULL:

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CRIMSON ROSE on the Lantana:

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LEMON PANSY:

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BLUE TIGER male:

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SEVEN-SPOT BURNET MOTH:

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PIERROT:

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several

DRAGONFLIES

zipped around:

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The bird list:
Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, European
Bee-eater, Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Indian
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cisticola, Zitting
Coot, Common
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Large-billed(Jungle)
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Duck, Lesser Whistling
Eagle, Lesser Fish
Eagle, Tawny
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Egret, Intermediate
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Francolin, Grey
Grebe, Little
Heron, Grey
Heron, Indian Pond
Jacana, Bronze-winged
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite, Black
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow
Moorhen, Common
Munia,Black-headed
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Oriole, Black-naped
Owl, Brown Fish
Owlet, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Green
Shikra
Shrike, Bay-backed
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Starling, Brahminy
Starling, Rosy
Stilt, Black-winged
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swamphen, Purple(Moorhen)
Swift, Common
Tailorbird, Common
Tern, River
Tit, Great
Treepie, Rufous
Wagtail, White-browed (Pied)
Warbler, Greenish (Leaf)
Weaver, Baya

The six-footer list:

Blues, Various
Castor, Common
Crow, Common
Eggfly, Great
Emigrant, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Gull, Common
Jewel, Grass
Jezebel, Common
Mormon, Blue
Mormon, Common
Pansy, Chocolate
Pansy, Lemon
Pierrot, Common
Psyche
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Blue
Tiger, Common
Wanderer, Common
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yellow, Spotless

Various Beetles, Bugs, Dragonflies, Damselflies,Moths, Spiders.

Mammals list:

Boar, Wild
Jackal, Indian
Mongoose, Indian
Squirrel, Grizzled Giant
Squirrel, Three-striped Palm

Let me close with this

COMMON WANDERER
female:

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What a treasure house of creation the Kaveri area is!

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