An opportunity to work amidst the birds and the bees

Last week, Madhurima, who regularly tracks the birds at Puttenahalli Lake had lots of “good news” for us.

“We had a babies’ day out at the lake. First the Coots brought one of their babies out. A Brahminy Kite spotted it and dived towards it, but unsuccessfully. So no casualties. Later the Coots brought out both their babies. Then the White-throated Kingfishers brought out two juveniles and the Wagtails also presented,  what looked like a juvenile.  And then, an Ashy Prinia brought out a tiny little Ashy Prinia! It was so tiny that we could not see it with our naked eyes.”

The previous day, she had other exciting sightings. 
“When I walked into the lake premises today, I saw a pair of what I think are Black-winged Stilts flying out. Then I saw 2 Purple Herons, followed by a flock of 12 Scaly-breasted Munia and then the Oriental White-eye showed up with the missus. And that was not all, after coming home and zooming into the photos of some Little Grebes that I had taken, I realized that they weren’t Little Grebes at all. They were baby Coots. The Pheasant-tailed Jacanas are still here. Hopefully we will have some Jacana chicks soon.”

Bird babies at the lake (Pics: Madhurima Das)

Black-winged stilts and Oriental White-eye (Pics: Madhurima Das) 

Are you interested in spending a few hours in such an environment and getting paid for it? PNLIT is looking for a Manager for Puttenahalli Lake, near MLR Convention Hall, J.P. Nagar. This is an exciting, unique and deeply fulfilling assignment. As Manager, you become a partner with the trustees to not just maintain the lake and its premises but to complete its transformation into a rich thriving eco-system – an achievable dream.  
Requirements – an open mind and love for nature with some fluency in spoken Kannada. The job would include, but would not be limited to the following: assign work to the staff, supervise them, follow up with officials, help with organizing events, run small errands as needed, work together with the trustees. 
The right candidate can expect a reasonable remuneration/ honorarium. To know more about PNLIT visit the website If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, drop a mail to


About Arathi Manay Yajaman 215 Articles
Arathi is a trustee of Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) and an active citizen.