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Let me start with a beautiful bird…


Field report to the bngbirds egroup:

It was almost exactly three years to the day since I had been to Makalidurga.

click here to see that visit

Since we read the egroup report about the flurry of birds at Makalidurga, we decided that we’d visit again, and in the chilly dark hours of Sunday, we dilly-dallied perhaps a bit too much,


Dilly-dallying for MCS (Mandatory Chai Stop).

so that we finally got to Makalidurga (the Gopalaswamy temple area) only around 8.15 am after a leisurely breakfast at Dodballapur.


Common Lime, Makalidurga.


Common Kestrel, Makalidurga


Rufous-tailed Lark, Makalidurga


Pied Bushchat against the moon!


Life in Makalidurga.


Grasshopper, Makalidurga.

Though we cannot claim that bird sightings overwhelmed us, the birds that we did sight were very rewarding, and we watched several for a long while. Silverbills gathering nesting material; Rufous-tailed Larks foraging on the rocky path; Kestrels hovering; two Sirkeer Malkohas which gave me an exclusive sighting…so went the list of birds, and we were quite happy to soak in the wonderful scenery and the cool, bracing weather as well.


Pied Bushchat female, Makalidurga


Prashanti Express, Makalidurga.

We took a look at Gunjur Lake, as well, but it seems in a very dried-up state, and by the time we got there (nearly noon) there was no activity at all.

We decided that having come all this way, we would go to Nandi Hills as well.


Nandi betta.

We stopped at the base for lunch.




Old pavilion at Nursery area, Nandi Hills.

My advice to anyone who is thinking of visiting Nandi Hills in the evening during this holiday period is simple, and consists of three words. Do not go.

The crowds were quite impressive, and I joked that instead of “birding” or “buttering” we would have to go “peopleing”. In spite of this, the Nursery area, where we spent most of our time, and the Nehru Nilaya area, did not disappoint. Olive-backed Pipits, Blue Rock Thrushes, Verditers, one male Asian Paradise Flyacatcher which Santosh captured in the course of changing from rufous to white… we wandered around, quite content with what we saw, and had a very pleasant time.


and I.


Chandu and Mani


Chandu always has a balanced view


Santosh but not santosh!




The beauty of the Nursery area.


Verditer Flycatcher, Nursery area.


Ashy Drongo.

Blue Rock Thrush male.


Lovely colours…


Almost done!

Thanks to Santosh for putting the bird list together. The Blue-faced Malkoha was rather doubtful, so it’s been left out.


Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Nandi Hills.


Santosh clicking the Tickell’s Blue (can you see where it is?)



The Camphor tree, Nandi Hills

Sl no Name Where
1 Babbler, Jungle Makali
2 Barbet, White-cheeked Nandi
3 Bee-eater, Green Makali
4 Bulbul, Red-vented Makali
5 Bulbul, Red-whiskered Makali
6 Bulbul, White-browed Makali
7 Bushchat, Pied Makali
8 Crow, House Makali
9 Crow, Jungle Makali
10 Dove, Laughing Makali
11 Dove, Spotted Makali
12 Drongo, Ashy Nandi
13 Drongo, Black Makali
14 Drongo, White-bellied Nandi
15 Eagle (un-id) Makali
16 Flowerpecker, Pale-billed Makali
17 Flycatcher, Asian Brown Nandi
18 Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Nandi
19 Flycatcher, Red-throated Nandi
20 Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Nandi
21 Flycatcher, Verditer Nandi
22 Honey-buzzard, Oriental Nandi
23 Iora, Common Makali
24 Kestrel, Common Makali
25 Koel, Indian Makali
26 Lark, Rufous-tailed Makali
27 Malkoha, Sirkeer Makali
28 Myna, Common Makali
29 Oriole, Indian Golden Nandi
30 Parakeet, Rose-ringed Nandi
31 Prinia, Ashy Makali
32 Prinia, Plain Makali
33 Robin, Indian Makali
34 Shikra Makali
35 Shrike, Bay-backed Makali
36 Silverbill, Indian Makali
37 Spurfowl, Painted Makali
38 Sunbird, Lotens Makali
39 Sunbird, Purple Makali
40 Sunbird, Purple-rumped Makali
41 Swallow, Barn Makali
42 Swallow, Red-rumped Makali
43 Tailorbird, Common Nandi
44 Thrush, Blue Rock Makali
45 Warbler, Greenish Nandi


The kiss, Nandi Hills

To these I have to add, Kite, Common; Kite, Brahminy, Pigeon, Blue Rock, and Warbler, Booted (yes, yes, the eyebrow was there.). There was also the lone Olive-backed Pipit foraging in the Nursery “cage”. We did not see any of the other Thrushes. Some of the birds (eg Blue Rock Thrush)were sighted at both places. The Owlets that we usually see in the trees near Nandi Multicuisine Restaurant (where the road begins, just past the T-junction) were absent. We also *think* we sighted a Black Eagle, but we are not sure.


Red-breasted Flycatcher,Nandi, 221213

Apropos of this, we were wondering if there have been Owl/Owlet sightings from Nandi Hills, as none of us could recollect seeing any such reports…can the experts throw light on this?


Un id Caterpillar


Peninsular Rock Agama


Blue, Various (Definitely Pea Blue and Lesser Grass Blue)
Castor, Common
Cerulean, Common
Coster, Tawny
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Mottled
Jezebel, Common
Lime, Common
Mormon, Common
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Tiger, Plain
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yellow, Spotless
Wanderer, Common

Various beetles, bugs, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and spiders.

I’ve put up my SMS on my FB album at

Including some of the fun items that we saw, when we were having lunch!


Dusk, Nandi Hills


Sunset, Nandi Hills

A pleasant and enjoyable day…thanks to my dear friends!

Quiz competition at SRMAB

Last week, we had a quiz competition in SRMAB(Blind school located in J P Nagar), it was fun and loved the number of correct response made by kids.

1. Devanahalli : site of the new Bengaluru airport is the birthplace of ………… Tipu Sultan.
2. Highest rain fall in Karnataka …………Agumbe
3. The largest place in Karnataka where we do gold mining … Kolar (Kolar Gold Fields)
4. Lalbagh has been made by …………… HyderAli for Tipu sultan.

Discussing with team members

Discussing with team members

One of the teams

One of the teams

Tell the exact word: (R-5)

1. A country is rich in raw material, ore and service and want to give to another country. This process is called ………… export
2. a ball directly thrown about the weist height in cricket is ……… beamer
3. A book written by self about the life and lesson ……… autobiography
4. The closed area declared where animals/birds are free to live and die naturally … sanctuary

Pankhudian taking quiz

Pankhudian taking quiz

Question for Audience:

2009, the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha was the sole manufacturer of the flag of india.

Know about person: (R-2)

1. This person is known as Human Computer – Shakuntala Devi
2. Which person is known as Missile Man of India – A P J Abdul Kalam
3. Who is known as “Father of Karnataka music”? Purandara Dasa
4. Gave India its first medal at the Paralympic Games after bagging a silver in the Men’s High Jump F42 1.74 m – Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda from Karnataka.

Highest in India. (R-3)

1. Highest waterfall in India … jog falls.
2. Highest mountain peak in India …. K2.
3. Award, highest civilian – Bharat Ratna
4. Highest Gallantry award– Param Vir chakra

Internet and world (R-4)
1. biggest social networking site – FB
2. biggest video sharing site – Utube
3. biggest search site … google.
4. biggest reference/information site … wiki

Health Awarness: (R-6)

1. Blood is filtered by which organ – Kidney.
2. Why we add iodine in salt – thyroid problem and mental sickness.
3. How HIV affects the system – reduce the immune power and made the body weak.
4. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Problem which generally cause mental problem and blindness is due to because genetic problem.

Make it large: (R-7)

SMS – Short Message Service
ATM _ Automated teller machine
BBMP stands for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
RBI – Reserve Bank of India


1. Yama, the god of death in Hinduism, uses what animal as his transport? Buffualo
2. In the epic Ramayana, which bird tried to prevent Ravana from carrying Sita away? – Jatayu
3. What is the name the vehicle of Ravana in which he could fly to any destination and which had unlimited seating capacity? – Pushpaka vimanam
4. In the epic, Ramayana, Rama asks Hanuman to fetch him a medicinal herb that grew in the Himalayas. What was its name? – Sanjeeveni Buti

Sports and Cricket:

1. Highest no. of 6 in his career – Afaridi
2. 1st Indian to win Olympic Gold medal in any individual event – Abhinav Bindra
3. Most 5 wicket in inning – Waqar
4. ODI highest total by which team – Srilanks 443 against Netherland.

Not very far from the city, this lake provides the most number of water birds. Wikimapia Coordinates for the Meeting Place: 12°43’12″N 77°41’24″E. Enjoy the pictures, do drop your comments… thank you.

Brahminy Kite, fish under feet.

Pied Wagtail with broken beak

Grey Bellied Cuckoo - Back pose

Richard's Pipit with prey

Red Avadavat - Female

Wood Sandpiper

Spotted Owlet

Pied Cuckoo - A true pied beauty

Plain Prinia

Ashy Prinia

Pheasant Tailed Jacana

Cloth Donation is very common in social work. Most of us want to give our old cloth and for a social cause they are more than happy to donate. Thanks everyone who has such a like mind. But some of our volunteers in Pankhudi, gave more meaning to cloth donation when they came up with the idea of “absolute need”.

Pankhudi volunteers decided to roam around in the whole city(You just need to see your place :P). Finally they got those who are in “absolute need” and some happy faces …

Arrangement of cloths before donation. Mind it, most of it were new with minor fault.

After setting up all the cloths and boxes, guys were ON.

Downloading the material at sight

And here goes the donation...

And more.

HAPPY DONATION !! If anyone of you have such kind of stocks at home, do drop a comment here. We do “cloth donation” with “absolute need”.

A very common bird….

…I’m not sure if this is the smallest bird in India, but it must be one of the smallest. It’s also a very common bird….but it’s so incredibly beautiful!


They come out when the sun does, and so, their name is rather apt, along with the fact that the sunshine brings out their wonderful colours….

This is the


and this one is a male, on the leaves of the Rain Tree.

Lalbagh Flower show – Republic Day Special

Some pictures here :

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Classic show by SRMAB Students

Here goes one more great work by SRMAB kids – Witness of SRMAB Annual Day 2011. Its a blind school for 140 kids located in J P Nagar, Bangalore.

Roopini and Nagveni - a deadly combo

Kavya joined Roopini - in a tough step

And the gang in one step - Kavya, Nagveni, Nivedita, Roopini, Nandi(that boy)

One more step

And the kids were also awesome


Time for Punjabi

On full swing

Begihalli Village – a village, somewhere in the remote of Bannerghatta. Its love to see a gathering of almost 80-90 people for birding. Villagers were quite excited and welcomed us. With the help of three guides, we were able to track 2 kms(just my estimation) up. Though we were quite off time but able to spot some of the birds.Here goes some pictures… Birding + Buttering + Portrait.

A villager requested to take picture

Shikra - Female

Common Pierrot by Deepu

Pied Wagtail

Golden Oriole - Male

Bay backed Shrike

ID required

Bug ID required

Pea Blue

House Sparrow - in the village

One more request for a click

common pierrot - open view (by deepu)

common jezebel (by deepu)

SRMAB – grown with time

I had many times witnessed the classic work done by SRMAB kids in sports and dance. Yesterday, I remembered it again when Ram called me. Ram was one of the progressing students of SRMAB. While talking, he told me that he joined Vijaya college, which is off course one of the best colleges in Bangalore. Somehow felt happy that guys are getting benefited of what we are teaching. It’s almost more than 4 and half year to me. I never got problem in teaching, never got the complain that kids are not able to concentrate in class. And time passes so fast that boy who was a kid at 8th or 9th, is now in PUC final year and thinking perfectly what to do next in life and talks about girlfriends.

Here goes Ram, student of the year with Srinivas Sir, principal and founder, one of the most inspiring person for me.

3-4 weeks back, we decided to have quiz competition at SRMAB. Shardha, who handles lot of work at SRMAB, came with the complain that students are not doing too good in some subject and its good to give a holistic knowledge rather than just focusing on computer. For that purpose, we decided to take a quiz. It was beautiful to see that they go somewhere in the deep and replied to the answers so maturely.

We were organizing the quiz. Why on ground - that's our style. Photo courtesy: Priyanka Varma

More of such events will be definitely be our next step, whereas marking them “good” is important for us. Knowing theory and knowing where it exactly going are too different things and our education system now demand to have a correct balance of both. I want to say more but right now just enjoy the pictures. Probably some dancing competition :).

Roopani and Santosh performing the classic dance which was classic

Just adding the quiz paper for fun :).

Round 1: Here

Final Round: Here

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