Posts Tagged ‘river’

The river

May 1, 2017

Rush,rush, rush…
Around me, the seconds flow past
The minutes fly
The hours march,
The months creep slowly.
I hardly feel the year’s progress
Into the lap of what-has-been.
I live in the present…
That’s a conondrum
As with every ticking second
My present becomes the past.
As I sit here, writing,
My heart starts the next beat.
I take my next breath.
I am not what I was
When I first thought of writing this.
What a relentless river Time is.

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Sunset and Sunrise on the Kaveri, 06 and 070115

January 14, 2015

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And now for the next morning’s sunrise…

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The road, the river, the birds, the beings…Galibore trip,221114

December 3, 2014

The road…

It unites so many lives.

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People drive on it

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Some just walk on it

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Some lead their animals on it..

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Sometimes buildings, especially temples, are built right on it..

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Eateries survive near it:

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Several creatures thrive near it:

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My friends discuss their photographs, standing on it:

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There are havens at the end of the road:

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On an urban road is the statue of a bird-lover:

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The River.

The Kaveri is beautiful…

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The birds:

Rose-ringed Parakeet at nest:

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Rosy Starlings and Common Mynas:

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Pied Bushchat:

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Grey Heron:

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Spot-billed Pelican:

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Spot-billed Duck:

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Fish in the water:

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Paddyfield Pipit:

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Painted Stork:

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Short-toed Snake Eagle:

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Red-wattled Lapwing:

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White-throated Kingfisher:

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Oriental Honey Buzzard:

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Plants:

Leo otis, or Lion’s Ear:

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Gall on the leaves:

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A beautiful wildflower:

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the Shankha Pushpi (Shell flower)

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A jewel bug:

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Grass Yellows mud-puddling:

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A tiny, perfect grasshopper:

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A dragonfly:

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If you want to suffer even more photos, see my FB album

here

Let me close with this view of the Kaveri:

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Riverlands Bird Sanctuary, with Edge and June, 230914 (Part 2: Confluence nature trail)

September 25, 2014

When we finished at the dam, and had our coffee (thankfully, they didn’t say it tasted odd!) Edge suggested we go to the Confluence Point.

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We had lunch (I completely forgot to take a photo of it…phulka/veg wraps, and soft drinks to go with it) Here are Edge and June with the coffee, instead!

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Here they after lunch, just before starting on the trail.

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We started on the trail; the time of day, possibly, was not the best for birding, and we didn’t see any. But that bothered me not at all, as both Edge and June are so knowledgeable about everything else I saw, and I got such a lot of information!

The beginning of the trail had a lot of information:

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The pioneers of the westward expansion:

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So too did the end point, where the two rivers meet:

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Imagine the water being that high!

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Butterflies:

I watched a lot of Monarch butterflies. They weren’t migrating in clouds, like the nature documentaries showed; there was one, here and there, flying around…

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Here are a couple of un id butterflies:

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Wildflowers:

Several delighted me..

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This plant belongs to the Nightshade family:

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We found this plant had a strange aroma, but June couldn’t place the name.

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This is Bindweed, considered a pest in gardens:

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Clover family:

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Wild Gentian:

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Autumn is coming, and the plants let us know:

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Here’s a burr that inspired Velcro:

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A wildflower from the pea family:

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This is Illinois Bundleweed, in its dry form.

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Here’s the fresh variety:

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And the leaves:

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Insects:

June pointed out these larvae, which were eating the plants around:

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Several very large grasshoppers had me hopping after them!

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Can you spot the damselfly?

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Well, I managed to get a close-up:

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Several beetles zipped along our path:

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This fat spider swung in the sunshine:

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and this little jewel closer to the ground:

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Tent caterpillars are considered pests, but that doesn’t take away the marvel of their engineering!

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I got a Hornet on a wildflower:

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And, later, on a bench:

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Here’s a ground beetle on the Goldenrod:

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We discussed centipedes and whether they were poisonous:

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A Harvestman (Daddy Long Legs…just LOOK at those legs!) was a treat to see.

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So was a Cranefly.

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Amphibians:

This beautiful toad was not easy to see.

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It took a lot of effort to take a pic where the creature is not melding into the surrounding leaf litter!

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Edge caught one so I could get him (or her):

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Then I managed to get it on the path:

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The scenery:

The weather and the open countryside were both beautiful.

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The Mississippi:
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The confluence of the mighty Mississippi and the Missouri rivers:

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Here’s Edge on the trail, with those 3 extra legs of hers:

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Here’s June, trying out her new attachment, which allows her to take pics on the phone through her scope:

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The two steadfast friends walk the paths of Nature and Life together:

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We finally went to the Audubon Center to have a look around:

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Edge, my heartfelt thanks to you!

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Visit to Galibore, Cauvery WLS, 150214: Life…and death

February 19, 2014

She’s beautiful, the Goddess Kaveri:

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Some forms of life that I saw:

WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA:

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LARGE CUCKOO-SHRIKE:

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YELLOW-FOOTED GREEN PIGEONS:

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SIRKEER MALKOHA:

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SHIKRA silhouette:

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SPOTTED OWLET:

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INDIAN ROBIN:

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ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET (feasting on a watermelon in an angry farmer’s field…!)

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BAY-BACKED SHRIKE:

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BLACK-TAILED GODWIT:

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BLUE-FACED MALKOHA:

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SILVERBILLS:

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JERDON’S BUSHLARK:

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Vendors:

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a beautiful, spreading village tree:

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a cobbler plying his trade (while preparing to chew his paan)

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a flower seller:

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flowers of the

FISH POISON tree:

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hungry brefus-eaters:

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I found the incredible colours of death, too:

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A few of my favourite photos…

February 6, 2014

I just saved them on Flickr, so putting them up here for me to view Later, When I’m Too Old To Do Anything Else.

Bharatpur, 2009:

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Me in my favourite haunt, Bannerghatta, taken by Chandu Bandi:

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What happens if there are no trees:

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Me, taken at Ragihalli by Rathika Ramaswamy:

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A moment during the Boat Race at Alappuzha, Kerala (we were in a boat ourselves)

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“Oh, God, he’s started singing again!”..Devarayana Durga (Naamada Chilume):

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The Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat, 141213

December 20, 2013

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The

Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat

is an amazing temple dating back to the 11th century, and it was wonderful to visit it during the Ahmedabad trip. It’s about 100 km. from Ahmedabad and it took a little more than two and a half hours to reach it.

It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty.
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Here’s the explanatory sign, in Hindi:

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I liked seeing the colourful clothes of people in front of the ancient carvings.

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Flights of pigeons add to the beauty of the temple:

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The Suraj Kund is a beautiful stepped “tank” or reservoir of water:

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Photography is a must!

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108 miniature shrines are carved in between the steps inside the tank. Also number 108 considered to be auspicious by Hindus as Hindu rosary has same number of beads.

Two huge ornamental arches called Toran forms a gateway to the Sabha Mandap (assembly hall)

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Here’s a small shrine in the grounds.
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Here’s a Nandi (sacred bull) facing Shiva’s shrine:

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Hanuman,the son of the Wind God Vayu, is usually depicted in red or orange in North India:

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Here’s one of the shrines:

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The Sabha Mandap is the main shrine:

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I was struck to read that the entire temple is based on an inverted lotus-base plinth. It was designed so that the rays of the rising and setting sun on the day of equinox (20 March and 21 September generally) fell on the bejeweled pure gold idol of Sun riding on his chariot driven by the”saarthi”, Arun. The Sun’s chariot has seven horses and Saarthi Arun sits on the fourth. The entire gold idol (including the charioteer, chariot and horses) was placed on a pit that was 15 feet deep and filled with gold coins. The temple was built by the Solankis in honour of their ancestral God. It was plundered by Muhammad Ghazni. The entire gold idol was, allegedly, taken away by him.

I could not find any gold, Muhammad Ghazni, had been there before me… but I certainly loved the dazzle of Surya Narayana, Himself, at His temple:

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Here’s the Sabha Mandap and Guda Mandap:

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The sculpture everywhere, is elaborate and intricate:

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Sculpture of an elephant hunt

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Detail of a pillar

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Here’s the central cupola:

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Outside, in the grounds, are hapazardly-piled up treasures, some of which I clicked.

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I enjoyed seeing youth and age soaking up the atmosphere together.

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This beauty aligns her body tribhanga (standing with three bends of the body):

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I loved the delicate detail of the arch:

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weathered stone

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Here are the colours of humanity against the sculptures:

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At the fence which separates the temple from the temple from the Pushpavati river, this Red-vented Bulbul looked beautiful…

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On the Pushpavati River, this Black-winged Stilt went about its work, while its mate nested in the weeds, and a Red-wattled Lapwing showed its head:

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Cormorants fished…

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A Jungle Babbler probed the bark of a tree:

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Devotees took their ease in the shade:

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Here’s my group of friends:

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Let me end with a photo of these smaller shrines, peaceful under the trees:

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Hope you enjoyed your e-trip to the Sun!

The only four videos I took on the trip to Eaglenest WLS, 23 to 301113

December 4, 2013

Here are two videos of a

WALLCREEPER

bathing, and disporting itself, in the Kameng (which becomes the Jia Bharolli river in Assam) River:

and

We saw this

SPOTTED FORKTAIL

foraging along the far bank of the Kameng River:

And we got the beautiful

RED-HEADED TROGON

in the trees along the riverbank, too.

(the video will give an idea of the distance the bird was at!)

This was one trip where I did not miss my DSLR and the 300mm lens at all…in fact, electricity (even with the help of a generator) was in such scarce supply that I was thankful that I didn’t have to lug a heavy camera over hill and dale and then hunt for a power source to charge it with, overnight!

So, in the days to come, you’ll just see my usual SMS (Shamelessly Mediocre Shots) of people, scenery,butterflies, plants, wildflowers, insects, and so on….whatever caught my eye and fancy, not just the birds!

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary: Wings and Six Feet

November 6, 2013

On our visit to the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, several birds thrilled us through the day.

this

TAWNY EAGLE

put in a thrilling appearance, and was mobbed by crows:

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A distant

BAY-BACKED SHRIKE

smiled at us:

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Everywhere there were

PIED WAGTAILS:

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It’s only when we see the

BLACK-WINGED STILT

out of the water, that we see how well-named it is!

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This

GREEN SANDPIPER

was cleaning itself:

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a

GREY HERON

walked gracefully through the water:

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several

GREAT TITS

hopped around:

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some

BRAHMINY STARLINGS

sat on a wire.

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A female

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and a male

PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD

appeared:

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SMALL GREEN BEE-EATERS

were around:

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this

INDIAN ROLLER

was posing well:

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BLACK DRONGOS

have arrived in force!

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We listened to the cacaphony of the

JUNGLE BABBLERS:

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Love and grooming go on, side by side!

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BAYA WEAVERS

at their nests:

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We saw a group of

EUROPEAN BEE-EATERS:

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(taken at high zoom…the idiot birds were far away from the road and we had to beat a path through heavy scrub and fields…still could not get close.)

We stopped at a roadside pond in Sathanur:

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The pond had this

BRONZE-WINGED JACANA:

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COMMON MOORHEN:

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There were two

BRAHMINY KITES

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eyeing a family of

COMMON COOTS

chugging through the water, until, at last, one them got one of the babies.

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until finally, we saw one Kite attack, lift a little one successfully, and fly off…

A

POND HERON

caught a huge fish, and struggled to swallow it:

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Several insects and butterflies caught my attention.

TAWNY COSTER

in the greenery:

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WHITE ORANGE-TIP:

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YELLOW ORANGE-TIP:

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COMMON GULL:

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CRIMSON ROSE on the Lantana:

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LEMON PANSY:

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BLUE TIGER male:

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SEVEN-SPOT BURNET MOTH:

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PIERROT:

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several

DRAGONFLIES

zipped around:

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The bird list:
Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, European
Bee-eater, Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Indian
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cisticola, Zitting
Coot, Common
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Large-billed(Jungle)
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Duck, Lesser Whistling
Eagle, Lesser Fish
Eagle, Tawny
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Egret, Intermediate
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Francolin, Grey
Grebe, Little
Heron, Grey
Heron, Indian Pond
Jacana, Bronze-winged
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite, Black
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow
Moorhen, Common
Munia,Black-headed
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Oriole, Black-naped
Owl, Brown Fish
Owlet, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Green
Shikra
Shrike, Bay-backed
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Starling, Brahminy
Starling, Rosy
Stilt, Black-winged
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swamphen, Purple(Moorhen)
Swift, Common
Tailorbird, Common
Tern, River
Tit, Great
Treepie, Rufous
Wagtail, White-browed (Pied)
Warbler, Greenish (Leaf)
Weaver, Baya

The six-footer list:

Blues, Various
Castor, Common
Crow, Common
Eggfly, Great
Emigrant, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Gull, Common
Jewel, Grass
Jezebel, Common
Mormon, Blue
Mormon, Common
Pansy, Chocolate
Pansy, Lemon
Pierrot, Common
Psyche
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Blue
Tiger, Common
Wanderer, Common
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yellow, Spotless

Various Beetles, Bugs, Dragonflies, Damselflies,Moths, Spiders.

Mammals list:

Boar, Wild
Jackal, Indian
Mongoose, Indian
Squirrel, Grizzled Giant
Squirrel, Three-striped Palm

Let me close with this

COMMON WANDERER
female:

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What a treasure house of creation the Kaveri area is!

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary: The people, and the scenery

November 6, 2013

I was given a sudden, late-night query: Would I like to visit the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary?

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My companions were Apoorva Managoli, her dad Dr Sanjeev Managoli,and Vaibhav Chowdhary…that was like Black Forest with 3 different flavours of ice-cream! No, Sanjeev is not a car-diologist, but it was his new vehicle!

He also had a new toy:

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I’m making a separate post about the birds, and the six-footers.

The road passed through beautiful land:

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We indulged in some mammal photography, little knowing that our mammal sightings in the evenig were going to be very good!

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Temples were being decorated:

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The goddess,Kaveri, revealed herself in all her beauty:

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The endangered

GRIZZLED GIANT SQUIRREL

was around:

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and here’s the large nest:

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the majesty of the trees at the JLR campus was staggering:

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Apoorva posed with Harish, who was our guide for the Squirrel, the Jungle Owlet, and other delights on the JLR campus:

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The forest often gives us gifts to disperse:

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Several wild plants and flowers delighted me:

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A carpet dotted with red:

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Our final destination became Galibore JLR:

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The rain clouds lovingly wrapped themselves around the hills:

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Rustic living on the banks of a lake looks picturesque, but may not be comfortable!

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Houses were decorated beautifully:

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Sericulture was in progress:

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How can I forget the food? Here’s brefus at Kanakapura:

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And here are elevenses:

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Gaily decorated vehicles (I don’t know how the drivers could see anything of the road!) were all around:

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