Ramnagara: Religion and birds, 141115

It was a cloudy, misty day, but enough friends were enthusiastic about a birding/nature trip.

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We went to Kanva Reservoir, actually, and saw some bright colours in spite of the gloom:

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But the weather being cloudy and dull, I decided to take the group to Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary, and we were privileged to see a Long-billed Vulture mother on her nest!

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After visiting Kanva, I decided that Prayut and Aishwary, who have moved to Bangalore recently from Jabalpur, should also try for the Yellow-throated Bulbul, so we went back and climbed the hill. Sure enough, they got their bird!

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and a bonus:

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I took these snaps of the Ramadevara temple at the summit of the hillock:

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Just when one’s knees complained, there was this heartening message!

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And across the slopes, on the cactus, sat this beautiful Blue Rock Thrush.

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Birds…the natural beauty of the place…these are MY religion, and my temple is the entire area I surveyed. But different strokes for different folks! Some need the stripes that mark a temple:

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And some, like me, are happy to look around, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy themselves…here we all are, doing just that!

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