Last time it was an evening visit to the Madivala/BTM lake. This time we visited this lake in the city one early morning. The park besides the lake opens at around 6am. As you enter the park you can see a long stretch of water with trees on one side and tall buildings on the opposite side of the lake. The lake is little dirty with the weeds grown and also piled up weeds on the lakeside. But this place is a home for few migratory birds. You can see lots of Pelicans floating in the water and flying in the sky.

 

Floating Pelican

Floating Pelican

Flying Pelican

Flying Pelican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view of a large bird like Pelicans flying in the sky is a thing to observe – their flying patterns and their way of flying. The lake is a home to the long-legged, red -billed bird “PurpleSwamphen”. As the name suggests they are purple in colour and are mostly found in the swamps and marshes. They are in abundance in the BTM Lake.

 

Purple SwampHen

Purple SwampHen

Purple SwampHen

Purple SwampHen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one of the most common bird of the marshy wetlands – Pond Heron could be found sitting among the marshes, very nicely camouflaged. Though it has a dull brown colour while it is sitting, the dull looks changes to a beautiful white colour while it is in flight. Also, there are lots of Egrets walking in the marshy land besides the lake and flying in flocks. Nice place for bird watching, an early morning exercise with the music of the chirping birds except that the place stinks a little because of the piled up ‘kachra‘.

 

Egret

Egret

Pond Heron

Pond Heron