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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.
An ambling walk of a couple of hours was very productive from the birding point of view, and we watched the nesting behaviour of the Great Cormorants,
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 utilise 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!
Many thanks to Prarthana for organising 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 Facebook.
My e-Bird list is here.
Heron, Indian Pond
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Swift, Un id
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
Warbler, Clamorous Reed
Loved the shades of green that Tanushree pointed out:
The Akasha Mallige (Indian Cork Tree) is in full flower now:
Lots of six-footers, too, like this Common Castor:
This weirdo with more legs than I could count, and backpacks, too!
Some abstract images caught my eye, too:
Some bird seemed to have built its nest with soft, inviting straw rather than the usual twigs…de luxe residence!
The gatekeeper’s dog was a real dish:
Here are two Tigers to bid you goodbye for now!