Hosakote kere, 281213

My email to the bngbirds egroup:

In so many years of birding, I had never been to Hosakote to watch birds, so I was very happy when Amith, Gowri Shankar, Kiran Baagade (who has recently shifted here from Mysore), Ramachandra Gopalakrishna, and I headed out to the kere (lake).

Sunrise at the kere:
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Mist on the ground:

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While there, we were joined briefly by Bhanu Prakash, Sanjeev Managoli (on his way to work at Hosakote, he was doing a short birding stint!), and then Rajani Chand, who spent the rest of the morning with us, and guided us to the Raghavendra Talkies part of the kere.

Rajani and Sanjeev:

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Amith, Gowri, Kiran, and Ram at the MCS

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Little did we know just how rewarding the birding was going to be….but we opened the innings with a mixed bag of water birds and scrub birds.

On the tank bund:

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Photography:

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Plain Prinia:

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Booted Warbler:

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Bronze-winged Jacana juvenile:

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Brahminy Kite:

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Painted Stork:

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Purple Swamphen:

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Barn Swallows:

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Wood Sandpiper:

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Garganeys:

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A Garganey foraging:

A Marsh Harrier male and female,

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A Pied Cuckoo, several Garganeys, a lone Northern Shoveller started off our migrant sightings. We were spoilt for choice as sometimes we didn’t know whether to look towards the kere on our right, or the shore on our left!

Little Grebe:

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White-breasted Kingfisher:

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Pied Kingfisher:

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Marsh Harrier with Garganeys:

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Jerdon’s Bushlark:

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Lesser Whistling Ducks:

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Common Coot juveniles:

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Common Coot adult:

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Silverbills:

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Black Drongo:

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Bay-backed Shrike:

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Indian Spotted Eagle:

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Purple-rumped Sunbird:

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Black-winged Kite:

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Green Sandpiper:

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Possibly Marsh Sandpiper:

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White-browed Wagtail:

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Paddyfield Pipit:

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Indian Roller:

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We were near a cremation ground!

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There were mosquitoes:

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Watching water birds fishing is always a riveting experience, and we also watched the raptors instilling fear into the birds on the water.

Marsh Harrier flying over the ducks:

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There were more Great Cormorants than Little Cormorants, and we sighted one Indian Cormorant, too, which the experienced birders pointed out to me.

Water level indicator:

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Two Black-winged Kites landed close enough on a tree that we could look up into their ruby eyes….a Booted Eagle and an Indian Spotted Eagle filled up the “E” part of our birding alphabet. Well…yesterday the alphabet did not start with Avadavats, but from Babbler to Warbler, the list seemed very well represented! Thank you to those who are more experienced,for id’ing the different kinds of Sandpipers for me.

I have to strike one sad note. At one place, plastic netting was hung into the water (which was in channels and ponds there) , presumably, to keep birds from taking the fish. We saw two Pond Herons, dead, strangled in the netting. It was quite a dreadful sight. I would have minded less if the birds had been caught for eating…then they would have been part of the food chain…but to see the dead birds just lying in the netting that had been so callously set out, was heart-rending.

Dead bird in netting:

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We broke for brunch only when the call of the Empty Tummy-birds could not be denied

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…and we went back to the kere for round two! I am afraid I didn’t see too many butterflies, though Kiran pointed some out to me. We dispersed, feeling thoroughly satisfied with our morning of birding.

Birds:

Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Coot, Common
Cormorant, Greater
Cormorant, Indian
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo, Indian
Cuckoo, Pied
Darter, Oriental
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Duck, Lesser Whistling
Duck, Spot-billed
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Indian Spotted
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Intermediate
Egret, Little
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Francolin, Grey (call)
Garganey
Grebe, Little
Greenshank, Common
Harrier, Eurasian Marsh
Heron, Grey
Heron, Pond
Heron, Purple
Hoopoe
Ibis, Black
Ibis, Black-headed
Jacana, Bronze-winged
Jacana, Pheasant-tailed
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black-winged
Kite, Brahminy
Kite, Common
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pelican, Spot-billed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Robin, Indian
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Common
Sandpiper, Common
Sandpiper, Marsh
Sandpiper, Wood
Shoveller, Northern
Shrike, Bay-backed
Shrike, Brown
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Stork, Painted
Stork, Woolly-necked
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swallow, Streak-throated
Swamphen, Purple
Tit, Great
Wagtai, Yellow
Wagtail, White-browed
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Greenish
Waterhen, White-breasted
Babbler, Yellow-billed

Butterflies

Blue, Lesser Grass
Blue, Pea
Blue, Zebra
Bluebottle, Common
Castor, Common
Cerulean, Common
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Mormon, Common
Skipper, Indian
Tiger, Plain
Wanderer, Common
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yellow, Mottled Grass

Insects

Assorted ants, bees, beetles,bugs, damselflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, spiders. wasps

Reptiles

Rat Snake (thanks to Amith’s excellent spotting of this in the Lantana bush.)

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I have put up my SMS on my FB album at

https://www.facebook.com/deemopahan/media_set?set=a.10151921137123878.1073742063.587058877&type=3

I think I still need correction on my Sandpiper ids, I’d be grateful for it! I am still rather Sandpiper-illiterate.

Zebra Blue:

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Wildflower:

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Pumpkin flower:

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Hanuman Shrine:

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Sri Gangamma shrine:

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Bridge over the kere:

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All of us:

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Dawn on the kere:

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A wonderful day, with a dream list of birds, and great company!

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