Monday, August 29, 2011

Third Sunday Trail-21st August 2011-Sakalavara

When I got a call at 5.00 am on Sunday from Mukesh Choudhry, to enquire if the trail is really happening as it was raining heavy the previous night, I hadn't expected more than around ten people braving the the cloudy day to attend the trail. So it was nice to see nearly sixty very young, young  and young at heart oldies assembled at the meeting point.
The weather and the place was good for a nice morning walk rather than birding. That was what many of us felt when we started the trail.
Couple of us very happy when we spotted a pair of small minivets high up on a tree.This Yellow-billed Babbler was the first bird I could manage to get a horrible shot of on that cloudy Sunday morning.
This paddy field pipit gave nice pose for many of us 

Star attraction of the day was of course this Shieldtail...

Overall, it was a good birding day, with many of our friends joining us for the breakfast..

Here are the list of birds ( Not in any particular order)

Common Coot
Little Cormorant 
Cattle Egret
Lesser Whistling-duck
Brahminy Kite
Black Kite
White-breasted Waterhen
Red-wattled Lapwing
Laughing Dove
Spotted Dove
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Asian Koel
Greater Coucal
White-throated Kingfisher
Coppersmith Barbet
White-cheeked Barbet
Greater Flameback
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Ashy Woodswallow
Black Drongo
Common Mynha
Large-billed Crow
House Crow
Small Minivet
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Zitting Cisticola
Jungle Babbler
Yellow-billed Babbler
Ashy Prinia
Common Tailorbird
Indian Robin
Pied Bushchat
Great Tit
Paddyfield Pipit
Scaly-breasted Munia
Small Green Bee-eater
Jerdon's Bushlark
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Tickell's Flowerpecker
Little Grebe
Pond Heron
Indian Grey Hornbill
Common Iora
Blue Rock Pigeon
Purple-rumped Sunbird
Red-rumped Swallow
Common Tailorbird
Baya Wever
Rufous Treepie

Few of the photographs can be seen at

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Third Sunday Nature Trail - 21st August 2011


This month's Third Sunday Nature Trail will be held on 21st August 2011.

Place : Road leading towards Sakalavara Village from Kalkere Forest patch.

Comfortable clothing,good walking shoes, a cap, water bottle,rain wear,binocular ( if you have), a camera ( if you like to shoot) and snacks 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 .

Meeting place : Just before Kalkere Bus Stop ( Coordinates: 12°50'7"N 77°35'21"E)

Time : 6.30 am

People travelling by BMTC bus can get down at Kalkere Bus Stop on Bannerghatta Road and take few steps backwards to reach the meeting point.

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

Call me at 9845383882 to confirm.

See you all.


Bird List of Third Sunday Outing -July 17th 2011

The list is thanks to Vaibhav:

Babbler, White Headed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barber, White cheeked
Bee eater, small green
Bulbul, Red Vented
Bulbul, Red Whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon's
Coot, Common
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Cuckoo, Pied
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Dove, Eurasian White Collared
Duck, Spotted Billed
Duck, Spotted Billed
Flowerpecker, Tickell's
Francolin, Grey
Iora, Common
Kingfisher, White throated
Kingfisher, Lesser pied
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Lapwing, Red Wattled
Robin, Indian
Munia, Scaly Breasted
Myna, Common
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose ringed
Pipit, Paddy field
Sparrow-lark, Ashy Crowned
Sunbird, Loten's
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple Rumped
Wagtail, Large Pied
Weaver, Baya