Sunday, January 17, 2010
Swami Vishnumayanandji was kind enough to serve tea to all the participants. Initially the plan was to explore the plantation area of the Ashram but Swamiji suggested to take Timmaraya along and explore Ragi Betta.Couple of the participants arrived late and few were left behind. Few wanted to go back early and few after a small trail felt it was enough as going deep inside the forest meant returning to the ashram only by 1.00 pm. So in the end 14 of us decided to explore the Bettada Kere instead of Ragi Betta.
There were the regular birds we see during our trails here.This trail was good for light trekkers than for birding. And yes, if one is able to reach the place early in the morning then it is an excellent place to watch the raptors.And also a good place to get a glimpse of the wild elephants and bears.It was nice to have the regular birder Krishna from the JLRNTP group joining us for this trail and who could id many birds for us. Yet there is some confusion about the id of the raptors. With the request that all who have taken pictures, pl. upload them , I am listing out the birds spotted yesterday. Also if I have missed something pl. add that to the list.
Brown headed Barbet (?) ( In flight)
Coppersmith Barber (Call)
White Breasted Kingfisher
Green Bee eater
Blue Faced Malkoha
Rose Ringed Parakeets
Asian Palm Swifts
Red Wattled Lapwing
Long Tailed Shrike
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Oriental Magpie Robin
Red Vented Bulbul
Purple Rumped Sunbird
White Browed Wagtail
Short Toed Snake Eagle
Black Shouldered Kite
Will post the list of raptors ones they are id.d from the photographs uploaded by everyone.
Here is the link to the pics taken by me.
By the time we returned back to the Ashram, all of us were starving and would have grabbed at anything that was offered. Swamiji was kind enough to sponsor a very tasty lunch to all the hungry birders!
Here is the link to the pictures taken by Neville Lobo.
This link is to the pictures taken by Mahesh Chand