CWLS/Galibore outing, 240115

We (Ashok Sengupta, Nitin Achari, Prashanth Bhat, Rama Warrier, Rohit Girotra and I) left while it was still dark:

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The sun slowly came up…

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The Kaveri flowed in all her usual beauty:

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Manjunath, the Forest Guard, was with us throughout:

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Some of the birds:

WOOLLY-NECKED STORK

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ORIENTAL DARTER

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HOOPOE:

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CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE:

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BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK

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GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE

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WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW:

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RED-RUMPED SWALLOW

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HOUSE SPARROW

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JUNGLE MYNA:

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INDIAN ROBIN

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INDIAN PITTA

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Insects:

A beautiful wasp:

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Plants:

We saw the seeds and wind dispersal of this particular milkweed:

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with

the “pencil-shaving” bark Acacia

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I call these thorns the “bad habit thorns as they are easy to get into, and very tough to get out of, thanks to their inward-curving hooks!

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the beauty of this Acacia trunk:

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Un id flowering tree

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The beauty of these un id seed-pods:

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Liana vines:

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Rohit clicking a Little Orange-tip:

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Then noting it down with his meticulous field notes:

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Here are some of the butterflies.

COMMON SILVERLINE

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SPOTLESS GRASS YELLOW

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YELLOW ORANGE-TIP

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PLAIN TIGER:

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LITTLE ORANGE-TIP:

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AFRICAN MALLOW SKIPPER:

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INDIAN SKIPPER

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ZEBRA BLUE

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COMMON JEZEBEL

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SPOTLESS GRASS YELLOW

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COMMON PIERROT

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ROUNDED PIERROT

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JEZEBEL

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GREAT ORANGE-TIP

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PLAINS BLUE ROYAL

that we saw at Chunchi Falls

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Mammals..

GRIZZLED GIANT SQUIRREL:

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At Chunchi Falls, we were awed by the sight of this

SMOOTH-COATED OTTER

right on the road, as it ran along the irrigation canal:

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Reptiles… a rock would wave its tail..

that rock would be a croc…

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a COBRA

we saw on the road:

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The beautiful villages:

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This is “oLagaLLi”, the village where Chunchi Falls are..

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Some had pink houses and lovely trees!

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The path winds away into the future…

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Children sometimes have to be dragged!

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Colourful “gOpurA”

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Shiva, with matted locks, dressed in deerskin, with snakes at his throat, hands and feet, with some politicians

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At one village, a fire had been set:

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Lovely roof design…

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Colourful little vans…

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More colourful houses

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With colourful washing:

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Still figuring out what kind of Nazis these are:

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Some random artwork in a village on the way:

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We visitd Chunchi Falls, another beautiful place:

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We ate a delayed lunch:

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Let me close with this Plains Blue Royal, which was a lifer for me:

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