Posts Tagged ‘weekend’

BWFC: 4th Sunday outing to Kaikondrahalli Kere: 231114

November 24, 2014

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Email to the bngbirds egroup:

It was very pleasant to be able to go to Kaikondrahalli Kere after a long time and find that, apart from the dumping and levelling going on down one side of it, the lake is generally still well-maintained.

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An ambling walk of a couple of hours were very productive from the bird point of view, and we watched the nesting behaviour of the Great Cormorants,

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and the fishing by almost all of the waterfowl. Several juvenile Brahminy Kites, swooping at the surface of the water now and then, provided the raptor touch.

The flock of Chestnut-tailed Starlings feeding on the Eucalyptus fruit pods made me muse on how species adapt even to exotic trees and utilize them.

Some of us compared notes over breakfast; there is a restaurant called “Sri Bhema’s” around the corner which is ideal for the purpose!

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Many thanks to Prarthana for organizing the outing though it was a little difficult for her. Her daughter Tanushree is developing into a good bird-spotter! There were several children on the walk this time, and it was heartening to see.

I have put up my album on FB,

click here

My e-Bird list is

here

Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Coot, Common

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Cormorant, Great

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Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Darter, Oriental

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Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black

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Drongo, White-bellied
Duck, Spot-billed

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Egret, Cattle
Egret, Intermediate
Flameback, Greater
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Grebe, Little
Heron, Grey

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Heron, Indian Pond

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Heron, Purple

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Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Ibis, Black
Jacana, Bronze-winged
Kingfisher, Common

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Kingfisher, White-throated

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Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy

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Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled

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Munia, Scaly-breasted
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pelican, Spot-billed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Sandpiper, Green

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Sandpiper, Wood
Silverbill, Indian
Shikra
Sparrow, House
Starling, Chestnut-tailed

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Stork, Painted

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Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swallow, Wire-tailed
Swamphen, Purple
Swift, Un id
Tailorbird, Common
Tern, River
Tit, Great

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Wagtail, White-browed
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
Warbler, Clamorous Reed
Waterhen, White-breasted

Loved the shades of green that Tanushree pointed out:

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The Akasha Mallige (Indian Cork Tree) is in full flower now:

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Lots of six-footers, too, like this

COMMON CASTOR:

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this

DAMSELFLY:

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This weirdo with more legs than I could count, and backpacks, too!

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Some abstract images caught my eye, too:

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Some bird seemed to have built its nest with soft, inviting straw rather than the usual twigs…de luxe residence!

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The gatekeeper’s dog was a real dish:

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Here is a Striped Tiger, and then two Plain Tigers, to bid you goodbye for now!

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Email to the bngbirds egroup: 3rd Sunday outing, Hulimangala, 161114

November 17, 2014

Hi Everyone,

In the chill pre-dawn,

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a group of us met up at Shoppers’ Stop, and after the MCS (Mandatory Chai Stop) at Bannerghatta Circle, where we introduced ourselves, we proceeded to Hulimangala.

Even before looking for the birds, the majestic trees of the avenue there had their usual awe-inspiring efffect on us. We looked up to see the many nests of the Parakeets, the Mynahs and other birds.

The Lantana and Eupatorium weeds yielded Prinias and a Booted Warbler, but of course, when the Mottled Wood Owl made its dramatic appearance,being mobbed by a group of Drongos,

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there were “ooohs” and “aahs” from everyone, with craned necks and pointing fingers!

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After a while, we moved to the water body on the other side, which also yielded many species of waterfowl. It was also thrilling to see some raptors.

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An excellent sighting was that of Geetanjali and Subir Dhar who, in the middle of pressing family business, came to see how we were doing!

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I was very happy to see Soham and Chinmayi …we must have more children in our groups! Birders…do bring along your children and introduce them to the wonderful world of birds and nature.

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Plain Tiger caterpillar:

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Plain Tiger:

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Blue Tiger on the rain-drenched grass:

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We all came back to our cars, shared some delicious snacks, and dispersed. Some of us had breakfast at Upahara Banashree.

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Gayatri and I went with Arun to see the Nagareshwara (Pancha linga) temple at Begur, and here, the lake nearby delighted us with 2o+ Spot-billed Pelicans as well as other waterfowl.

My list on eBird is at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20577592

Here’s the physical list, please add/correct as necessary:

Babbler, Jungle
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Coot, Common
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Drongo, White-belled
Eagle, Booted
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Fantail, White-browed
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Francolin, Grey
Grebe, Little
Heron, Grey
Heron, Indian Pond
Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Hoopoe, Common
Kestrel, Common
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Owl, Mottled Wood
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pelican, Spot-billed (Begur)
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Roller, Indian
Sandpiper, Wood (?)
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Starling, Rosy
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swamphen, Purple (Begur)
Swift, Asian Palm (Begur)
Tailorbird, Common
Treepie, Rufous
Wagtail, White-browed
Warbler, Booted
Weaver, Baya

I’ve put up my photos on my FB album at

https://www.facebook.com/deemopahan/media_set?set=a.10152578344283878.1073742295.587058877&type=3

I’d like to see the others’ photos, too, could you send us all the links?

Apologies to those who are getting this in duplicate 😦

Thank you to each person who added to my enjoyment of the morning.It was a great time for both birding and bonding!

Pumpkin Farm, 191014

October 21, 2014

D and I took the children to a pumpkin farm, while A studied for her exams.

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There were pumpkins everywhere, in huge heaps.

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I caught some munchkins amongst the pumpkins:

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The name of this company is Shaffer and Son!

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I enjoyed seeing the Halloween-themed displays:

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Such pretty gourds!

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We met a few people who had apparently passed on:

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The children, of course, had a great time!

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Here they are in the “fort”:

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Boys will always be rambunctious, and girls will always look on!

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Halloween can be a heavy pumpkin!

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There were several ticketed rides.

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There were a lot of old farm implements, and vehicles, too.

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Oooh, Bonnie and Clyde!

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I never knew I could find tigers (and that, too, a white tiger!) in Missouri…

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I liked the persistence of this sign.

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We went home in the setting sun:

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This is my favourite picture from the evening. Golden autumn moments of childhood….

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click here

for the FB album of photographs.

Here’s wishing those of you who celebrate it, a happy Halloween!

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Rock’n’Roll Half-Marathon, 191014

October 21, 2014

This run had a great slogan:

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Here’s A…

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looking up her name and number:

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Here’s the route:

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The number of runners was huge:

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No doubt about the city!

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She met us after she’d finished:

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Here’s Team Asha, raising funds for the education of children in India:

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Team Asha and Son:

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We went to have breakfast:

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We also went to a donut shop:

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I’d never seen a donut-making machine before!

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The children feasted their eyes:

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We came back home, celebrating A’s achievement! Here are the numbers if you are interested:

Participant Detail
8279
Anjana Mohan
Saint Louis, MO
Age: 35 | Gender: F
Finished In:
01:53:57
Overall: 1012 out of 6361 Division: 79 out of 693 Gender: 359 out of 4080

Birding in Forest Park, 130914

September 14, 2014

I started in Kennedy Forest:

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Here’s where I was:

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Here’s the video of the Osprey:

and that of the adult Red-headed Woodpecker feeding its young one!

Wonderful morning at Valley School, 030514

May 4, 2014

Thomas Job and his friend Sushil Nahar, who was coming on a birding trail for the first time, picked me up, and off we went, to Valley School.

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Several of us walked down the trail together:

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Even at the height of summer, birding is an enjoyable actitivy in the early morning!

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The path led through this beautiful

BANYAN TREE:

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Here’s the tree from a distance:

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Another banyan tree which we usually go past:

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A peaceful scene of cattle grazing under its shade:

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The

GULMOHAR

is in full bloom everywhere:

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Falling around on the plants, the petals look so beautiful:

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I loved the sight of this

OLEANDER

everywhere:

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In the ruined Art Village, I found this pottery figure, representing Ganesha on one side and Nandi on the other:

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The birds included:

CATTLE EGRET:

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BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK:

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INDIAN PITTA (we saw three of them!)

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WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA (which the mobile phone of one birder had turned to Shame)

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There were butterflies, too, like this

COMMON CERULEAN:

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We enjoyed the morning, and the brefus at Udupi Banashree, very much indeed!

click here

for my FB album.

The bird list:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler,Tawny-bellied
Babbler, Puff-throated
Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet,White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Coucal, Southern
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckooshrike, Black-headed
Egret, Little
Flameback, Black-rumped
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (heard)
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Flycatcher, White-throated Fantail
Francolin, Grey (heard)
Heron, Indian Pond
Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Junglefowl, Grey (heard)
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Leafbird, Jerdon’s
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Malkoha, Sirkeer
Minivet, Small
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Peafowl, Indian (heard)
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pitta, Indian
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Grey-breasted
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Shama, White-rumped
Shikra
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow,Red-rumped
Swift, Little
Tailorbird, Common
Tit, Great (Cinerous)
White-eye, Oriental

Don’t you agree, this is a dream list, especially for the first week of May?

Sunset, Bilekkal Temple, Sundaghatta (Kanakapura) Karnataka, 280214

March 2, 2014

I was with my friends, at the edge of the valley:

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February sank in a blaze of wonder.

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Composition in red, Ramadevara betta, 040114

January 5, 2014

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Hands in their prayer pouches, the devotees of Swami Prabhupada descend the rock steps from the Sri Rama Temple at Ramadevara betta, in Ramnagaram, Karnataka.

Red is the colour of worship,that I associate with the Hindu religion, and temples. South Indian temple walls are always painted with vertical red-and-white stripes; vermilion, an auspicious powder used in pUjA, is red (and gives its name to the very colour)….red was the colour of the sacrifices that used to be offered to the gods in the times of yore…

I just happened to look up the path (I was looking for the Yellow-throated Bulbul, to show a birder friend from Kerala) and this vision of Red struck me….

The Caterpillar of the Tailed Jay, 161113, Puttenahalli Lake

November 19, 2013

No one would believe that watching a worm would be a learning experience, but so it was, at Puttenahalli Lake, where I went with Chandu and Kamal.

Chandu spotted (how, I do not know!) this extraordinarily tiny creature:

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and then we saw many of these caterpillars:

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That was when I learnt that not only does a moth or butterfly go through the egg, larval and pupal stages, but that the caterpillar itself has 5 stages of growth. I googled up

this link

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and learnt about

instars

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What we were looking at were two of the five instars for the

TAILED JAY

I found this text on the web:

Caterpillars go through 5 stages of growth. Each stage is called an “instar.”

As a caterpillar grows, it “molts” 5 times before it becomes a chrysalis. Each time it molts the caterpillar progresses to the next instar (1st instar, 2nd instar, 3rd instar, 4th instar and 5th instar).

Its skeleton is on the outside of its body, like clothes. So, as it grows, it can no longer fits in its skin.

But the analogy of growing out of clothes doesn’t fit exactly, as Dr Lincoln Bower explains.

“The caterpillar doesn’t just shed that skin, it digests and reabsorbs most of it. Before the skin starts shedding it does get tight. But it doesn’t just slip off. What happens is that the cells beneath the skin start releasing enormous amounts of enzymes and actually absorb most of the skin. Before it’s shed it becomes a thin sheen over the body. So what is shed is just a thin outer part of the cuticle. Sort of like a snake’s skin. So a snake skin analogy is really much better.”

Thank you for the riveting lesson, Chandu Bandi! I am even more amazed at how a creature can go through so many different forms…it’s a deep philosophical question, and an eternal mystery, to ponder.

3rd Sunday Outing, Shivanahalli, 171113

November 18, 2013

An email to the egroup of the Bird Watchers’ Field Club:

It was a cloudy, overcast morning as we all set out for the 3rd Sunday outing to Shivanahalli, organized by Geetanjali and Subir Dhar. But, as if to reward us for our diligence, the rainclouds slowly broke up, and we did have some superb weather for our trek across the slopes of the Bannerghatta forest area, behind the Ramakrishna Ashram.

By the time our group (it consisted of people coming from as far away as Hebbal!) reached the Ashram after the MCS (Mandatory Chai Stop) and another stop at the Ragihalli sheet rock to admire the superb view, the rest of the group had started the trail. But they had not gone too far, and we managed to catch up.

There are occasions when it’s not just the birds,but everything as a whole, makes the trail enjoyable, and this was one of them. The overcast conditions, perhaps, contributed to a lack of bird sightings, but this was more than made up by the several interesting things we saw on the way.

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Wild mint

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Resin on tree-bark

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Caeselpinia

Sri Shankar, appointed by Swamji at the Ashram, was our guide. He showed us so many marvels…seeds that slowly sink into the ground so that even in a fire, their top part perishes but the seed remains underground to sprout another day;

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the “Minda” plant whose flowers attract birds;

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something that we might have passed by, thinking it was offal, but which, he told us, was the umblical cord shed by a Chital doe after giving birth to a fawn..

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.and so on.

We also saw a few unpleasant things like the granite quarrying which is resulting in ulcers on the slopes of the forest:

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Plum Judy

We were a lively group,

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Katydids on Purabi’s trousers being photographed

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though there were no children (indeed, the trail is not one for young children, and Geetanjali emphasizes that in her emails every month.) But several young people were there, and it was nice to see one father-son duo!

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Reflections in a water body

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Yellow-billed Babbler

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Oriental Honey Buzzard silhouette:

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Ashy Woodswallows (er, all the birds were looking ashy when the sky was overcast!)

Photographing the Antlion:

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The Antlion:

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The beauty of the trail:

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Ladybird:

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Looking at the birds:

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A little snail, rushing past:

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Golden-fronted Leafbird silhouette:

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Common Tree Frog

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The mammals list starts out with a Black-naped Hare, but includes our group. Please let me know if I have left out any names….

Geetanjali and Subir Dhar
Sri Shankar, our guide

Anbazhagan
Amit
Arun
Arvind
Babu
Kamal
Kumuda
Mani
Meghna
Naveen
Nirmal
Pallavi
Purabi
Raghavendra
Rohan
Suresh
and Yours Truly.

(at least, these were all the names that I’d written down.)

The bird list was put up by Purabi, and it doesn’t seem so meagre, after all:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, White-eyed
Babbler, Yellow-eyed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Bee-eater, Small Green
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Drongo, White-bellied
Heron, Indian Pond
Honey Buzzard, Oriental
Kingfisher, White-throated
Leafbird, Golden-fronted
Martin, Dusky Crag
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Munia, White-rumped
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon,
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Shrike, Bay-backed
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swallow, Wire-tailed
Swift, Palm
Thrush, Blue-capped Rock
Wagtail, Grey
Wagtail, Pied
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
White-eye, Oriental

Butterflies…the list is incomplete because my knowledge is so limited.

Baronet
Blue, Common Hedge
Blue, Grass
Blue, Pea
Brown, Bush
Coster, Tawny
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Gull, Common
Jezebel, Common
Judy, Plum
Mormon, Common
Leopard, Common
Psyche
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Plain
Tiger, Striped
Wanderer. Common
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yellow, Spotless

Antlion, Bees,Beetles, Bugs, Damselflies, Dragonflies, Spiders, Stick Insects, and Wasps

I have to tender an apology to the people above. I wrongly identified the Antlion as a Cranefly. I just don’t know what I was thinking (or smoking). I came home and realized when looking at the photos, what I had done! I guess I was thinking of the Craneflies I’ve seen recently in the US. Here’s the wiki about the interesting Antlion:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion

I have put up some photos on my FB album,here:

https://www.facebook.com/deemopahan/media_set?set=a.10151834477353878.1073742044.587058877&type=3

With thanks to Swamji of the Shivanahalli Ashram, Sri Shankar, the Dhars, and the company of the group that made it such an enjoyable trail for me,

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For my FB album about the trail, look

here