After a very long time, we had a local BULBs (Bangalore Urban LadyBirders) outing , and we decided to go to Manchinabele Reservoir.

As usual, the day started with fog and mist:

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Here the BULBs are:

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I got this

ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW LARK

upon the wire…I usually see it on the ground:

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ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW LARK

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RED-RUMPED SWALLOW

One of our most common birds, the BLACK KITE still looks handsome! We enjoyed watching a group of SILVERBILLS ..especially when two seemed to be kissing!

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BLACK KITE

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Pair of SILVERBILLS

A juvenile BRAHMINY KITE soared overhead. And an INDIAN ROBIN posed for us on a granite pole.

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BRAHMINY KITE

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INDIAN ROBIN

After a long time, I decided to shoot a

SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER

…another common but very beautiful bird!

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As we left, we found this

SHIKRA

in the tree, and it probably had its nest there, too.

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Here are the peaceful-looking waters of the Reservoir:

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We also saw a lot of people meeting and discussing next week’s cycling outing; many kayaks were on the water after the discussion!

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I did get a couple of butterflies; here’s a

ZEBRA BLUE:

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Here’s a

LYCENID,

Rohit says it’s a

PEA BLUE:

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Here’s the bird list:

Avadavat, Red
Babbler, Common
Babbler, Large Grey
Babbler, Tawny-bellied
Babbler,Yellow-eyed
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, White-browed
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Jerdon’s
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckoo. Grey-bellied
Cuckoo, Pied
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Intermediate
Egret, Little
Francolin, Grey
Flycatcher, White-throated Fantail
Harrier, Marsh
Heron, Pond
Ibis.Black
Ibis, Black-headed
Iora, Common
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pipit, Tree
Prinia,Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Quail, un id
Roller, Indian
Rosefinch, Common
Sandpiper,Common
Shikra
Shrike, Long-tailed
Silverbill, Indian
Sparrow, House
Sparrowlark, Ashy-crowned
Starling, Brahminy
Stork, Open-billed
Stork, Woolly-necked
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Red-rumped
Tailorbird, Common
Tern, River
Wagtail, Pied
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
White-eye, Oriental
Whitethroat, Lesser
Woodpecker, Black-rumped

Here are my shots of the majestic

MARSH HARRIER

…I’d just finished asking, “Where are the raptors of Manchinabele?” and it just sailed past!

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