Email to bngbirds: Nandi Hills, 070214

Kamal Hari Menon was kind enough to take me along to Nandi Hills, and it turned out to be an awe-inspiring morning, on so many different levels.

The magical sunrise, and the golden light of dawn, painting the sky in purples and reds, and the land and trees in god.

A Crested Serpent Eagle, all fluffed up, in the huge Eucalyptus trees on the way up.

The beautiful vistas from the hill top, still shrouded in the mists of the night.

The almost immediate sighting of most of the Usual Gang of Suspects of Nandi betta.

The sight of a Shikra chasing a Pied Thrush. (We do not know the end result.)

The sight of four Pied Thrushes, together, moving around in the trees.

The sight of five or six Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, fluttering their way through the trees.

The green light through the majestic trees, reminding us of the Neralu Tree Festival and the ongoing need to protect these silent, patient beings.

Several kinds of Flycatchers, and a stint watching a Tickell’s Blue and, later, an Asian Paradise, foraging on the ground.

A newborn Bonnet Macaque,being inspected carefully by its mother and “aunt”.

Meeting other birders, also on their own quests.

Two Booted Eagles, swooping over Nehru Nilaya on their way to the thermals over the valley beyond the Yoga Nandiswara temple.

The calm that prevails in Nandi betta on a weekday morning!

Hearing two Pittas calling loudly to each other, and glimpsing one very briefly.

The sheer incredulity of realizing that it was 11am! Where had five hours gone?

If I was not already living in a place handy for Bannerghatta, I would be sorely tempted to invest in one of those “hill view” developments happening at the base of Nandi betta! Between ghatta and betta, we have a wealth of birds here….!

I’ve put up the pictures on my FB album

here

I will be uploading short videos of the Puff-throated Babbler, the Wood Pigeon, and the Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher…soon.

A short video of the adult macaques, with the newborn baby is already posted.

Birds:

Babbler, Puff-throated
Babbler, Tawny-bellied
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Dove, Spotted
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Crested Serpent
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary
Flycatcher, Red-breasted
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Flycatcher, Verditer
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pigeon, Nilgiri Wood
Pipit, Paddyfield
Pipit, Tree
Pitta, Indian
Robin, Indian Blue
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Shikra
Spurfowl, Red (a first for me at this place)
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow,Red-rumped
Thrush, Blue Rock
Thrush, Blue-capped Rock
Thrush, Orange-headed
Thrush, Pied
Wagtail, Grey
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Greenish
Warbler, Un id
White-eye, Oriental

I’m sorry, I hardly noticed any butterflies…they started getting active only as we left, thanks to the cold and not very bright day.

I have a query…what are the sightings of Owls, Owlets and Woodpeckers from the slopes of the betta? I’ve seen the Spotted Owlets near Nandi Restaurant at the beginning of the road leading to Nandi Hills, but never sighted these birds on the betta.

Is anyone else apart from Kiran Baagade and me taking part in the Manipal Bird Day? I’m sure there must be plenty of people….would be nice to know!

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