Team Black Stork at the Bangalore Bird Race, 160111

Of the 47 teams that took part in the HSBC Bangalore Bird Race, I am only talking about Team Black Stork…. comprised (in alphabetical order) Gayathri, Mani, Saandip, Uma…and me.

We certainly had a wonderful time that day, and we certainly never had any expectations, as bird-sightings are so much a matter of luck!

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Our list had 123 birds, and I never did photograph most of them. I’m hoping that the others will put up their bird-race photographs up soon! We started at my top favourite birding location, the Bannerghatta Zoo area.


A bird that I enjoyed seeing was the handsome


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The Zoo area is particularly good, I find, for flycatchers of all kinds. We sighted this


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At the edge of crocodile pond near the Herbivore Safari, this


hopped along, busily wagging its tail:

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a few


dried their wings after diving for food:

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We spent quite a long time watching a pair of


fishing; I managed to get one at rest:

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a common bird, the


sat upon a pole, eating early breakfast:

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is always a pretty bird to see!

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I liked the scenery that included a couple of


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Saandip then suggested that we go to the edge of Jigani Lake, quite close to the Zoo area, and off we went, where we saw this lovely


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We then went to Ramnagara, where our raptor sightings were wonderful, including this scene of a


high up on the cliffs:

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Though it was the "wrong" time of day, two


were already on the cliff-face, and two more came sailing in:

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they then proceeded to spread out their wings, we were unable to understand why:

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We spent far longer than we should have, watching these majestic birds…but finally, lunch beckoned, and after a "Thatte Idli" lunch at Bidadi, decided to go back to the small birds, and went on to our closing venue, Valley School…and we were not disappointed. We sighted this


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Having run out of time, we decided to head back to the post-race meeting at the Royal Orchid in Manipal Centre, where Prashanth Badrinath (I call him Birdynath!) and Mike Prince were collecting everyone’s logbooks prior to getting to work on them:

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I’ve put up my photos on Facebook


…we never had any rare-bird sighting, so were hard put to it to designate a Bird of the Day!

However, it was worth noticing at that at 5pm at Valley School, we were already birding by moonight! 🙂

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Let me close with this beautiful view of the main pond in Valley School:

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It was a tiring but very satisfying day…and we were quite thrilled to find out, later, that we’d actually placed fourth!

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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.