Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Third Sunday Outing - November 2009

Heavy winds and the light drizzle didn't deter around 30 birders to meet up in the morning of 15th November for a trail around the Anekal Lake which is around 48 kms from the city center.Four groups scattered around in different parts of the lake. Apart from the usual birds, it was interesting to see few migrants too.

This trail is also dedicated to Dr.Salim Ali, whose birthday was on 12th November.

Here is the list of birds spotted by our group: Geetanjali Dhar, Aditi,Vikranth & their Child,Sainath Vellal, Kiran Kumar and Joy.

Spot Billed Duck
White Cheeked Barbet
Indian Roller
White Throated Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Green Bee eater
Asian Koel
Rose Ringed Parakeets
Spotted Owlet
Rock Pegion
Common Coot
Purple Swamphen
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Pheasant Tailed Jacana
Red Wattled Lapwing
Black Kite
Little Grebe
Little Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Indian Pond Heron
Black Headed Munia
Grey Heron
Yellow Bittern
House Sparrows
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Black Drongo
Indian Robin
Pied Bushchat
Common Myna
Barn Swallows
Wire Tailed Swallows
Red vented bulbuls
Plane Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Blyth's Reed Warbler
White Browed Wagtail
Scaly Breasted Munia

Request others to fill in the bird names if they are missing here.

Photo link by Rajesh ( rb.rajesh@gmail.com)

Flickr link to the pictures taken by Mahesh Chand ( mahesh81chand@yahoo.com)

Here is the link to the beautiful shot of the Barn Swallows taken by Sainath Vellal (svellal@gmail.com)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 15th ,2009 - Third Sunday Outing


Its time again to reconnect with nature, and enjoy the flora and fauna beyond Bannerghatta.

This month's Third Sunday trail will be on 15th of November 2009

Place : Anekal Lake

Time : 6.00 AM

Meeting place :At the end of the lake near the signboard of Nisarga Restaurant.(That is if you are coming via Jigani Anekal Road)

Google Map Coordinates : 12.715430, 77.683747

Group Leader : Mahesh Chand

Resource Person : Volunteers needed!

Comfortable clothing,Good walking shoes, a Cap, water bottle,Binocular ( if you have), a camera ( if you like to shoot) and rain gear is what you need to join the trail. This outing is free and open to all ages who can walk the trail of around four to five hours .

We recommend car-pooling between participants. While confirming participation please also indicate your contact details and the route you will be taking to reach Anekal. If traveling in your own car, please do indicate if any spare capacity is available.

Folks who would like to come and stay overnight pl. confirm earliest so that we can make adequate arrangements.

Call 9845383882 or 9902913882 to confirm or email me at itnatureclub@yahoo.com

Monday, November 9, 2009

Devrabetta to Ancheti

On Sunday 8th November myself ,Subir Mahesh and my four years old daughter Avantika decided to brave the rain ,and head off to Devrabetta which is a small rocky outcrop on the southern edge of the Bannerghatta forest. We left Nisarga layout at around around 7 am. But by the time we reached the base of the hillock, it started raining heavy. We were mulling over, either returning back home, or exploring Ancheti. After a hot cup of tea on the way to Thalli, we decided to go ahead with the Ancheti Plan in spite of the rain, just to enjoy a good ride.The road from Thalli to Ancheti is in excellent shape, its really a joy ride. We stopped whenever a bit of light came out and were rewarded with some good sightings.

Sightings were good all along the road passing through the forest patch,while at Ancheti, though the lake was quite full, there were not many birds.

There were also many birds we could not identify. Mahesh has few pictures taken of those birds, so will post it here when he uploads them so that members here can id them.

All in all a it was a great Sunday well spent.

Here is the list birds :

1 White Throated Kingfisher
2 Marsh Harrier
3 Common Crow
4 Common Myna
5 Asian Palm Swift
6 Yellow Billed Babbler
7 Grey Jungle Fowl ( Call)
8 White Headed Babbler
9 Rock Pegion
10 Common Kestrel
11  Greater Coucal
12 Brahminy Kite
13 Common Iora
14 Blue Rock Thrush
15 Little Cormorant
16 Bay Backed Shrike
17 Rufous Treepie
18 Red Wattled Lapwing
19 Oriental Magpie Robin
20 Green Bee Eater
21 Red Rumped Swallow
22 Red Rumped Bulbul
23 Black Kite
24 Ashy Prinia
25 Rose Ringed Parakeet
26 Indian Roller
27 Tailor Bird
28 Pond Heron
29 Little Grebe
30 Painted Stork
31 Intermediate Egret
32 Red Whiskered Bulbul
33 Pallid Harrier
34 Common Kestrel
35 Eurasian Sparrow Hawk
36 Spotted Dove
37 Common Coot
38 Jungle Crow
39 Golden Fronted Leafbird
40 Black Drongo
41 Indian Robin
42 Pied Bush Chat
43 Brahminy Starling
44 Purple Sunbird
45 Purple Rumped Sunbird
46 Loten's Sunbird 
47 Jerdon's Bush Lark

Also spotted a bird which looked like Loten's Sun Bird but had big white patches on the chest and underbelly.

Here is the link for the pictures taken by me.


And here are the beautiful pictures taken by Mahesh ( mahesh81chand@yahoo.com)