Lalbagh Walk for Divya, 25 Sept 2016

I was requested by Irina Ghose and Gopal to conduct a nature/birding walk at Lalbagh for their daughter Divya, who was celebrating her birthday.

I reached there early:

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And got in some early-morning images:

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This vendor of wheat-grass juice has his own power supply!

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We gathered most of the group together for a “landmark” shot:

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And off we went.

We started with the commonest of birds, the Blue Rock Pigeon:

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and the Black Kite (here, a silhouette in the sky):

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At the lake, we saw a Little Egret and a Purple Heron:

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A Purple Swamphen:

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A Common Moorhen:

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A White-throated Kingfisher looked out over the rose garden.

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The Spotted Owlets didn’t seem too enthused to see me back again with another group:

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It was very nice to see several of the children jotting down the birds’ names:

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The birds were not the only beautiful things around!

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Some of the historic structures in the park also seemed lost in green dreams of long ago:

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In the middle of the cultivated gardens I did find some tiny, exquisite wildflowers.

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Here’s everyone at the end of the walk, they seemed to have had a good time!

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Divya cut her birthday cake, which attracted a few more children.

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I left the children and the adults celebrating in the park, one of the jewels of our city

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More photos in the FB album

here

and the eBird list is

here

I do enjoy such walks a lot!

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