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Lalbagh being in the center of the City, it is quite accessible and always crowded. Even Government is trying to increase the ticket costs and the current cost is:

1. Person Entry : 10 Rs.

2. Camera Entry: 50 Rs.

No fees, before 9 AM and after 6 PM. Camera case is quite ambiguous before 9 AM and after 6 PM.

Now, what to do in Lalbagh. First of all, its a botanical garden and if you are not interested in plants, trees, lakes, birds, flowers, its merely a place to sit and talk.

1. Enjoy Flowers. It has a rose garden and other flowers like Dahlia, Cosmos will be available in the summers.

You can enjoy some of the blogs on flowers day.

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

White Rose in Lalbagh

White Rose in Lalbagh

Red Rose in Lalbagh

Red Rose in Lalbagh

Pink Rose collection in Lalbagh

Pink Rose collection in Lalbagh

Flowers at Lalbagh

Flowers at Lalbagh

2. Enjoy Hunting – Its a very rich place with lot of fishes. So, you can often see a good killing/hunting scene around it. Snakes, Pelicans, Kites, Cormorants are often can be seen in action.

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Checkered keelback water snake with a Kill at Lalbagh

Keelback Snake gulping a big fish at Lalbagh

Keelback Snake gulping a big fish at Lalbagh

3. Enjoy Birding:

A Spot-billed Pelican flying

A Spot-billed Pelican flying

Pond Heron with a kill

Pond Heron with a kill

4. Enjoy Nature/Photo shoot – Its a great place to witness sunrise, sunset and the transformed clouds. Provides all kind of background for good photo shoot.

Sunset in Lalbagh

Sunset in Lalbagh

A beautiful view of the lake

A beautiful view of the lake

5. Butterflies – If you are interested in shooting butterflies or gaining knowledge about it. Great place again !!

Common Yellow Grass on Dahlia

Common Yellow Grass on Dahlia

Green Tailed Jay on Dhalia  flower

Green Tailed Jay on Dahlia flower

Have Fun, Do Visit. Highest no. of people use it for running/jogging/walking and worth a place to do exercise. It provide one of the coolest stretch to do so.

Do, drop us your comments and anytime you want to join us for Lalbagh trail.

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Praying Mantis sighted from my balcony

I wanted to take a picture of a copper pod tree which was in full bloom  from my balcony. I noticed something green on the flower was surprised to see that it was a Praying Mantis. It was camouflaged so well that anybody would have just passed it out for a leaf. I wanted to have a closer look at it and found that it  had trapped a blue banded  bee and was  feasting on it.

These fascinating insects are formidable predators. They have triangular heads poised on a long “neck,” or elongated thorax. Mantids can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Praying mantis feeding on a honey bee

More interesting to find another brave bee come and trying to save the trapped bee.

A brave bee hovers around the mantis trying to save the trapped one

The brave bee took on the praying mantis, hoping that the mantis will release its prey. But the Mantis was very focused, went on to devour the bee.

The brave bee on the mantis trying to save the other bee

The brave bee had to let go, I was really amazed that a bee can risk its life to save another  bee whose life was in danger. It was an amazing sighting for me, as our Guruji  always  says that if we keep our eyes open, Nature never disappoints!  Its just a matter of looking around, learning to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.

For more info on Praying mantis click on the link below

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/praying-mantis/

Lalbagh Flower show – Republic Day Special

Some pictures here :

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Kaggalipura – again one of the awesome place for birding and to watch nature beauty. Here are some of the birds, butterflies and flowers. For direction, please see the Place section of BangaloreCaptured.com.

It is more than 4-5 kms of walk.

Common Kestrel

Drift of common Kestrel

Blue Pansy

Golden Oriole

Golden Dartlet

White browed fantail flycatcher

Purple Rumped Sunbird

Pale billed flowerpecker

Common Leopard

common jezebel

Common Emigrant

Coppersmith Barbet and Flowerpecker

Brain fever bird

Some snaps from the center of birding that is Valley School, nearest and the best for the city guys.

Juv. Oriental Honey Buzzard

Two pair(four) of horn-bill welcomed us.

Indian Grey Hornbill

Flame backed Woodpecker

Indian Robin

Large cuckooshrike female

Scaly Breasted Munia Family

Rufous Treepie

Purple Rumped Sunbird - Ecs. Plumage

And it decided to jump

Asian Paradise Flycatcher(Photo taken by Prashant)

When we reached the site

Common Wanderer

Small Green bee eater

Yellow billed Babbler

White rumped Munia - Family

Small Minivet - Female

Glory Lily

Greenish Warbler

Silverbill

PNLIT  (Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust), see the website here:
and on Facebook
 is organizing a Nature Walk to explore and discover the rich flora and fauna at the newly revived Puttenahalli Lake in J.P. Nagar 7th Phase. The Nature Walk will be led by Ms. Deepa Mohan of the Bird Watchers Field Club, Bangalore.
Date & Time: Sunday 13th November 2011 (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
Venue: Gazebo, Puttenahalli Lake (near the MLR Convention Hall, Brigade Millennium)
Registration Fee (Includes Breakfast): Rs.200/participant. Each additional member from the participant’s family: Rs.100.
Children between ages 7 and 10 to be accompanied by at least one adult family member. Children below age 7 are not allowed in this Nature Walk. We will organize another one exclusively for them on a later date.
Please contact any of the following for registration:

To ensure that each participant gets the most out of this Walk, we will enroll only 40 individuals on a first come first served basis. 
Last Date to register: Monday 31st Oct. 2011.

About the Puttenahalli Lake: Two years ago, the lake which covers an area of about 13 acres was on the brink of extinction. Now it is home to several species of water and land birds, butterflies and many insects. Over 200 trees have been planted around the periphery of the lake which teems with fish, crabs, water snakes, etc. In short, the lake is natural world in a microcosm, a sanctuary in the middle of a concrete urban jungle. 

About the Guide: Ms. Deepa Mohan is interested, among other things, in photography and wildlife, both forest and urban. She writes occasionally for Citizen Matters and is a member of the Bird Watchers’ Field Club, of birding and nature enthusiasts in Bangalore.


About PNLIT: The Puttehanalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization which has been actively working with the BBMP to rejuvenate and maintain the Puttenahalli Lake. Ours is the first citizens’ group to be formally assigned this responsibility. Read about PNLIT in: http://sites.google.com/site/puttenahallilakeonline/
  Give a Children’s Day gift to your child! Take them on a Nature Walk!

Puttenahalli Lake – A beautiful lake now crowded with multi-floored building from almost 4 sides. Usha, one of the great nature lovers is fighting high to save the lake.. and I personally believe she will, if we are going to help us as well. Some of the pictures here from lake and a mini-forest nearby.

Common Coot and the love

Common Coot and the love

Shikra - Female. People have spotted it commonly there

Juv. Bronzed Winged Jacana

Through this blog, I will request more people to visit this lake and try to put a sense of importance of nature in people around.

Spotted Billed Ducks

Grebe Family

Great tit

Brahminy Kite - At flight

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Pale billed Flowerpecker

Magpie Robin

Small Minivet

Some small creatures and butterflies…

Glassy Tiger

Palmfly

Luna Moth

The Baronet

Common Four-ring

Bamboo Treebrown

Common Castor

Common Rose

Jewel Bug

My attention to write is clear. I just want to tell, there is an amazing life existing because of a small lake which people like us want to finish. So, please have little concern and have a visit of lake. Important links: More picture sets:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150412527131281.408683.569911280&type=1 (Vaibhav and Deepu)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150325638368878.355992.587058877&type=1 (Deepa)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.206795052721777.47299.100001738515620&type=1 (Sushil)

http://puttenahallilake.blogspot.com/2010/07/puttenahalli-lake-is-ready-and-waiting.html – By Usha.

Some of the pictures from 3rd Sunday Trail at Rama Krishna Mission. It was a delighted journey.

Small Blue Kingfisher

Purple Rumped Sunbird - Juv

Purple Rumped Sunbird - Juv

Small Green Bee eater

Small Green Bee eater

Morning Glory

Blue Tiger

Shaving Brush

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Pea Blue

Stick Bug

Leaf Fold for egg safety

Funnel Spider

What to call this guy

Just Flowers, from Lalbagh….

Instead of writing about Profound Thoughts and boring the bejeesus out of everyone else, I feel it would be better to post pictures of a few lovely flowers and inflorescences that I have seen lately!

These were all taken in Lalbagh, on Saturday, 030911.

Seems to be a kind of magnolia flower….I used this photo for greeting some friends on their birthdays and wedding anniversaries 🙂

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Here’s a Zinnia, with some kind of Hopper on it:

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This is called “Colville’s Glory” and is in bloom right now, near the Siddapura Gate:

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Just to clarify to the many people who ask me the difference between water liles and lotuses, here are the water lilies…

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And here is a lotus!

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Here’s a flower that grows directly out of the tree-trunk, which Karthik tells me is related to the Kigelia Pinnata (Sausage Tree):

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Here’s the Akasha Mallige (flowers of the Indian Cork Tree), that is also in full bloom everywhere now:

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Here’s a tiny Cosmos, with an insect on it, too!

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Chandu, my birding partner came home on Wednesday night with an excitement that we will go somewhere tomorrow. Yes, it was holiday but I was tired. Tough to peruse him and we decided to go all time favorite Valley School. Reaching around 6.30 AM, again a cloudy morning. Decreased our chances of butterflies and even birds. Though I put camera on a high ISO and said “lets take whatever is coming on the way”.

Deepu and Chandu searching insect, butterfly, bird and anything whatsoever was available. Most of the pictures will have a high noise but I want to share our work for the day and yes reporting is important.

Thanks to Deepu for most of the butterflies picture and Chandu for searching birds.

Common Wanderer

Pea Blue

White eye Buzzard

White eye Buzzard

Common Pierrot

Common Pierrot

Indian Grizzled Skipper

Indian Grizzled Skipper

Blue Faced Malkoha

Blue Faced Malkoha

Fire bug

Fire bug

Glory Lily

Black headed Munia

white browed bulbul

white browed bulbul

Common Picturewing

Common Picturewing

Scaly Breasted Munia - Family

Scaly Breasted Munia - Family

indian robin juvenile

indian robin juvenile

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Choco Pansy :)

Choco Pansy 🙂

Green Bee eaters

Green Bee eaters

Immature Grasshopper

Immature Grasshopper

Golden Silk Orb-weaver

Golden Silk Orb-weaver

Rufous Babbler

Rufous Babbler

UnID Bee

Last but not the least 🙂 [I guess this is a old dialogue now], new chaps of birding :

Chandu at focus, Deepu with Camera

Chandu at focus, Deepu with Camera

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