Gulakmale again, 010115

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When I got a call from Vaibhav that he, Chandu and Venkat were going birding,

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I could not resist the temptation, and off we went. The drizzly rain certainly cast a damper on the opening hours of the outing, and we tried our luck at Vaderahalli Lake

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before we went to Gulakmale. However, though we manfully trudged over the bund of the lake with the song, “Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head” being the main theme, the rain could not keep up with our persistence,

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and the sightings began to improve considerably.

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Of course, the Asian Openbills were the first to greet us,

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but several species differed…so the bird list is almost-the-same-but-not-quite!

We ranged right across the diameter of the lake today, and we found that there is a foresty patch that harbours several woodland birds. We spotted the Blue-faced Malkoha in the patch.

The highlights, of course, were the different fishing methods of the birds…wading, diving, zooming into the water. The birds of prey, even the Kites, appeared only a while after the rain stopped.

Today the reeds in the lake bed yielded three kinds of Munias, and we were happy to stand and observe them, as well as the Prinias there. Thanks to the low water level, I was able to squish my way to the patch of land that is normally the central island. The rain truly made it a “Muddy kere”, but I didn’t mind, as I watched all three kinds of Kingfishers…the the Small Blue, the Pied, White-breasted, at work, getting breakfast.

We took a short while at the Thottikallu Falls/temple area, and returned home well satisfied with the bounty we’d got on the first day of the year.

Some other small things caught my eye.

Are those who set this tiny Linga and the Basava hoping to start yet another temple?

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Even weeds were beautiful:

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We did not like this red-capped, brown-breasted Kingfisher.

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Here’s the rest of the fish after the birds have done with it:

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Here’s wishing all of you a very happy, health, and peaceful 2015..with plenty of opportunities to walk (with muddy shoes!) amidst the treasures that Nature provides us, even in an urban setting.

My eBird list is at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21108373

Cheers, Deepa.

Here’s the physical list:

Avadavat, Red
Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed

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Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Indian
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Cormorant, Great
Cormorant, Indian
Cormorant, Little

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Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle

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​Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
​Eagle, Booted
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Intermediate
Egret, Little
Flameback, Black-rumped
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Francolin, Gre​y​
​Grebe, Little​
Heron, Grey
Heron, Indian Pond
Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Hoopoe, Indian
Kingfisher, Common

Here’s where it was:

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I zoomed in further:

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And further:

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this is at full zoom:

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Kingfisher, Pied

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Kingfisher, White-throated

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Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparr​ow​​
Malkoha, Blue-faced
​Mart​in, Dusky Crag
Minivet, ​​Small
Munia, Black-headed
Munia, Tricoloured
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Openbill, Asian

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Oriole, Eurasian Golden

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​Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy

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Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Sandpiper, Green

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Sandpiper, Wood

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Shrike, Long-tailed
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
​Sparrow Lark, Ashy-crowned​

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Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, House
Tailorbird, Common
Tern, River

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Tit, Great
Wagtail, Grey

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Wagtail, Yellow

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Wagtail, White-browed
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Clamorous Reed
Warbler, Greenish Leaf
Woodswallow, Ashy

Butterflies:

Blues, Various
Brown, Evening

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Castor, Common
Cerulean, Common
Coster, Tawny
Four-ring, Common
Gull, Common
Jezebel, Common
Pioneer
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Plain
Wanderer, Indian
Yellow, Three-spot Grass​

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Let me close with the handsome male Ashy-Crowned Sparrow Lark:

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