Nandi Hills, 301214

When Jaysingh Morey from Mumbai requested my company to Nandi Hills, I was also able to invite Kiran Kashyap and Gayatri Rao along.

We left a little late and the sun was already up while we were at the base of the hill:

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But as we climbed up, the clouds and the mist caught up:

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The Nursery area looked like this:

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The Pavilion:

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The reservoir:

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Undaunted, we walked around in the nursery, looking for birds

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Here’s my salute to the place where I’ve seen some of the most beautiful birds in Bangalore:

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The flowers were blooming, but we couldn’t see too many birds..

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in fact we couldn’t see much, though this

TICKELL’S BLUE FLYCATCHER

did oblige:

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However, even in the mist, the

NILGIRI WOOD PIGEONS

were visible:

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The

ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER

looked extra beautiful in the mist!

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my friends delightedly followed the tail-flaunting fellow!

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Here

is my post about the beautiful bird.

We found some Warblers in the hedge…it started like this,

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then we had a glimpse,

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and then we saw the bird!

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Taking pity on us, they finally did make short appearances in the open:

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We were very happy to get the

BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH

bathing (so were the Puff-throated Babblers and the Tawny-bellied Babblers, but passerby scared them off before we could photograph them.)

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A brief flurry of excitement about whether we’d got the Pied Thrush until we realized it was the Blue-capped Rock Thrush female.

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The Tickell’s Blue showed himself again:

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(sorry, I just cannot resist his beauty!..He reminds me of the Eastern Bluebird I see in the US!)

Nehru was lost in the mist in front of his Nilaya:

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The liana in front of Nehru Nilaya is so beautiful!

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I liked this abstract at the reservoir:

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I turned this picture sideways to get the eye of the tree!

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I also got a necklace of diamonds:

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Visitors were finding out that “rock-steady” may not really be so:

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The mist finally cleared and we got our view from the top:

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I found these tiny wildflowers growing on the rocks:

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There were a lot of visitors by now, so not wishing to add to the crowd, we left.

On the way back, we found a Black Kite trying to pick up a Rat Snake, and stopped to photograph it. The bird, which had dropped the snake, had not come back, but it did appear to be a bird kill and not a road kill.

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The bird list was short but very satisfying:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Puff-throated
Babbler, Tawny-bellied
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Green
Dove, Eurasian Collared
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Flycatcher, Red-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pigeon, Nilgiri Wood
Pipit, Olive-backed
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Roller, Indian
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Tailorbird, Common
Thrush, Blue Rock
Thrush, Blue-capped Rock
Thrush, Orange-headed
Un id Raptor
Wagtail, Grey
Wagtail, White-browed
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Greenish
Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf
White-eye, Oriental

More photos on my FB album,

click here

and my eBird checklist..

click here

Thank you to the trio of avid birders!

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