is part of the
where on any of 4 days this year (12,13,14,15 Feb 2016), bird counts could be conducted at various educational institutions. When I was invited by Vidhya Sundar and Selvarajan Rajeshwaran, to conduct the bird count at IIM-Bangalore, I accepted with alacrity, as birders have not had access to this campus for many years now.
We had an enthusiastic group from IIMB, as well, on both days:
I clicked this “group selfie” at a traffic mirror on Sunday!
Here are some birds I clicked (I concentrated more on the walk and the people!)
As well as the birds, we enjoyed the plants,
( Pithraj tree )
(Common Mormon female)
(Common Jezebel on Zinnia)
Cricket was being played on Sunday:
We got a lot of information about the various plants and trees from the horticultural experts:
(B Subbanna, Administrative Officer, Myanna, Rajeshwaran, doctoral student, and our contact person.)
For the most part, though, we were “Little Johnny Head-In-Air”….it’s called Pain In The Neck birding!
We were treated to pythonic breakfasts on both days:
Here are the people who helped serve the meal (Mr Epy is on the left)
Dr G Shainesh (with Mrs Leena Shainesh, and his son Aditya, 3rd, 4th and 5th from left, front row, in the group photo above) is the Dean of Administration. He was not only supportive, but was with us from beginning to end on both days, pointing out interesting things. I wish we had such hands-on admin in all our initiatives! I found Leena very observant and knowledgeable.
The butterfly list:
Brown, Common Bush
Brown, Common Evening
Cupid, Oriental Plains
Let me close with my favourite close-up from IIMB, another “bird”…the Bird of Paradise!