Posts Tagged ‘cubbon park’

The bubble seller, 160619

June 16, 2019


He sells ephemeral pleasures
Gently float the bubbles.


Perhaps, in their rainbow colours
He, too, forgets his troubles.



There could be birds verse than this…

June 16, 2019

I expected an Egret
But I had no regrets
At seeing a Heron Black-crowned.
Though everyday birds
May usually fill my words
It’s good when the unusual is found!


It was the June 3rd Sunday outing of Bngbirds and a gathering of members of the Telegram group, Bangalore Wildlife Friends. We sighted 20 birds and we were 61 people!



February 27, 2012

Do black veils have all the colours in their hearts…
As well as over their heads?
Do their thoughts fly, over the skies,
In blues and greens and reds?
Or are they tied down, with strings attached,
To the black of the veils?
Will they soar, only when freed…
When the power of the anchors fails?

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Cubbon Park: Flowering Trees…and Birds…

March 15, 2011

Cubbon Park

was just a short walk away for the first eight years of my life in Bangalore….and I was, of course, just a walker and a cyclist, never a birder or naturalist. And recently, having seen the bird species deplete almost before my eyes and Lalbagh, I have never felt that there could be a lot of varieties of birds in the Park.



asked me if I’d like to go with him and Radha to document some of the flowering trees of Bangalore, I agreed, and never thought of birds at all.

But the birds gave us a surprise….I realize that familiarity must have bred contempt (and ignorance) as I never thought I’d see so many birds today.

But the minute we stepped into the Park, a Spangled Drongo alighted on a Tabebuia argentea tree, and set off a bonus birding session….later, a mixed party of Ashy Drongos, Chestnut-tailed Starlings, added to by Spotted Doves, Rose-ringed Parakeets, and Common Mynahs, staged a spectacle that had us watching spellbound, our cameras switched off for the most part.

I’ve posted my SMS and account


and here’s the bird list…when we were not looking for birds at all….. an hour and a half of trees…with the birds being a great plus!

Barbet, Small Green
Barbet, Coppersmith
Cormorant, Little
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Drongo, Spangled
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Kite, Brahminy
Kite, Black
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Sparrow, House (yes, they were there, gearing up for March 20!)
Starling, Chestnut-tailed
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Tit, Great
Waterhen, White-breasted

Perhaps…we should do the second Sunday outing to Cubbon Park instead of Lalbagh 🙂

Here’s a quick pic of the

Spangled Drongo

that I took…..

spangled drongo cubbon park 150311

It’s such a beautiful bird…

Road Inspection, and Theatre…

December 16, 2007

As part of the ongoing struggle to prevent our esteemed government from razing trees to make broader roads, four of us went down Kasturba Road, that abuts Cubbon Park, today. It was a wonderful walk in one sense, because starting from the Karunashraya at the corner,

Karunashraya,Kasturba Road 151207

for some more pictures of Kasturba Road, click here

Hardly any birding…this is a birding post, others pliss exkoos

September 16, 2007

The only birding photography I did was a while ago, when I went to Bannerghatta Forest area and spotted these INDIAN SILVERBILLS…

silverbills at Bannerghatta 180807

to Lalbagh one morning by myself, and I saw this LITTLE CORMORANT sunning itself,

cormorant sunning itself lalbagh 070907


spot billed pelican on tree 070907 lalbagh

one in flight,

spot billed pelican in flight lalbagh 070907

and a LITTLE GREBE in breeding plumage…

little grebe in breeding plumage lalbagh 070907

But a few days ago I went to the Press Club of Bangalore, in Cubbon Park, with a friend of mine and I found these common but beautiful ROSE-RINGED PARAKEETS in the tree:

Rose-ringed Parakeets Press Club Blr 110907

All very well for famous birders to say “Birds are all around us”…the only ones we normally get to see are the KMC combination…Kite,Mynah, Crow! Well, at least there are more sparrows around in the suburbs now, that’s really something…

And our BARN OWL conservation group is going ahead, and has fabricated nest boxes; now we will be putting them up in suitable locations…real estate construction in Bangalore is also, literally, for the birds!

A post especially for my daughter

August 14, 2007

Bal Bhavan was a large part of her childhood in the early 90’s in Bangalore…