Thursday, September 23, 2010

Third Sunday Trail-19th September 2010 - Jaipuradoddi

Green Bee-Eater  Arun Ramu

My self and Subir spotted a Jackal , while on our recce the previous evening to Jaipurdoddi. It was a great moment for us to watch a wild animal close to our home apart from the elephants. I was tearing my hair apart for not carrying my camera as the Jackal neatly posed in front of our car for nearly a minute and then disappeared. The villagers, forest watchers whom we met that day, warned us again of the lone male elephant on the prowl . And we were hoping that we can spot him during the trail.
But no such luck for the 35+  of us. However, a walk on wild side is always exciting when you have Deepa and Vittal in the group. We are thankful to Karthikeyan who managed to be with us in spite of his hectic schedule and his presence meant, apart from looking up, we could look around and look below to learn about trees,flowers,butterflies and insects.
Tiger Beetle - Photo courtesy : Arun Ramu
With the help of the forest watcher who is a resident of the village ,we could enter a small patch of the forest.
It was nice to see the Amstutzes with their kids enjoying the outing.

And so was the youngest nature lover of the day!
Ashiwni spotted a Raqcuet Tailed Drongo, which may be a vagrant as being discussed on the bngbirds forum. 

Deepa's ( as always excellent trail report is at

And here is her photo link of the trail

Here is the link of pics taken by me

Ramesha's photo links of the outing

Girish Mayachari's photo links

Here is this Sunday's list ( thanks to Deepa & Ashiwni :

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Yellow-eyed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo, Pied
Drongo, Black
Drongo,Raquet Tailed ( ? )
Drongo, White-bellied
Eagle, Black
Eagle, Crested Serpent
Egret, Little
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Heron, Pond
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-winged
Kite, Brahminy
Lark, Indian Bush
Leafbird, Blue-winged
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Munia, Scaly-breasted
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeets, Plum-headed
Parakeets, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Shrike, Bay-backed
Shrike, Larger Cuckoo
Shrike, Long-tailed
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, House
Weaver, Baya


Blue, Grass
Blue, Zebra
Castor, Common
Coaster, Tawny
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Common
Jezebel, Common
Jewel, Grass
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-ring Grass
Tiger, Blue
Tiger, Plain

Beetle, Tiger
Dragonflies and Damselflies, Various
Moth, Owl-Eye 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Third Sunday Trail-19th September 2010

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

This month's Third Sunday Trail will be held on 19th September 2010.

Place : Around Jaipurdoddi Village

Meeting Time : 7.00 am

Meeting Point : Balaji Tea Shop in Jaipurdoddi Village

Wikimapia Coordinates: 12°42'30"N   77°34'10"E

Reaching Jaipurdoddi : Take the Bannerghatta Road from the Bangalore City. Cross the Bannerghatta National Park - the road curves to the left at the Bannerghatta Police Station. Proceed further towards Jigani. Halfway, on the right hand side you will see the Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli hoarding. (You will also notice a Swamy Ayyappa temple hoarding). This is Ragihalli Gate Bus Stop.Take a right turn there and drive for about 11 kms. Do not take any side roads (rare and few) that you will come along . Travelling through the Bannerghatta National Park reserved forest, you will have to cross the Ragihalli village to come over to Shivanahalli.Once at Shivanahhalli Village, take the new road on the right which leads to Jaipurdoddi. 

Comfortable clothing,good walking shoes, cap,snacks,water bottle,binocular ( if you have),camera ( if you like to shoot),rain wear/umbrella and a note book & pen if you like to list the things that you see, is what you need to join 
the trail.Pl. also use mosquito repellenet creme while on this 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.If traveling in your own car, please do indicate 
if any spare capacity is available. 

Pl. call me at 9845383882 or Mahesh at 9448384472 to confirm.