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Hoskote Lake was a bit in discussion. So, we decide to have a 4-5 hours of Sunday birding. This is one of the marvelous grassland, i have seen around Bangalore. For those who want to do birding, please go in group. I heard a lot of community problem. This place is THE land of stork, ibis, sandpiper, snipe, raptors and worth to watch their habitats. I tried to put all the pictures here, so that we can see the habitat as well for the birds.

white stork - Family

white stork – Family

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Oriental Honey Buzzard

northern shoveler - Flocks at flight

northern shoveler – Flocks at flight

northern shoveler

northern shoveler

northern shoveler

northern shoveler

 northern shoveler - float show

northern shoveler – float show

I guess combination of some more ducks

I guess combination of some more ducks

Blyth Reed Warbler

Blyth Reed Warbler

Blyth Reed Warbler

Blyth Reed Warbler

Green Sandpiper - Pair

Green Sandpiper – Pair

Flock of Garganey at fight

Flock of Garganey at fight

Glossy ibis

Glossy ibis

Flock of Sandpiper and Little Stint

Flock of Sandpiper and Little Stint

Flock of Sandpiper and Litte Stint

Flock of Sandpiper and Little Stint

Glossy ibis with Purple Heron

Glossy ibis with Purple Heron

Common Kestrel

Common Kestrel

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Marsh Harrier get attacked by Eagle

Marsh Harrier get attacked by Eagle

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Short toed Snake Eagle

Short toed Snake Eagle

Indian Spotted Eagle - I believe

Indian Spotted Eagle – I believe

Indian Spotted Eagle - I believe

Indian Spotted Eagle – I believe

Kannan - Down for shot

Kannan – Down for shot

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Barn Swallow Family

Barn Swallow Family

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Black eared Kite

Black eared Kite

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Oriental White IBIS - Family

Oriental White IBIS – Family

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Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

Flock of Baya Weaver

Flock of Baya Weaver

Flock of Baya Weaver

Flock of Baya Weaver

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

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ID required

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Sykes Lark

Sykes Lark

Spot Billed Duck

Spot Billed Duck

White eye buzzard

White eye buzzard

Short toed Snake Eagle

Short toed Snake Eagle

Skyes Lark

Skyes Lark

Poornima with camouflage to the grassland

Poornima with camouflage to the grassland

Common Snipe - Sorry for the quality

Common Snipe – Sorry for the quality

Wooly Necked Stork

Wooly Necked Stork

Marsh Harrier attack to the flock of garganery

Marsh Harrier attack to the flock of garganery

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HSBC 2013 – Bird Race. Ya most people ask me this only – What do you mean by bird race. Actually, its nothing but spending a whole day with nature and birds.

Enjoy pictures….

 

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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”.

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/

14th November, it is Children’s Day, also called Bal Diwas in Hindi 🙂 celebrated on the birth day of Jawaharlal Nehru. I remember the cultural programmes organized for the day.

Incidently it is World Diabetes Day as well and there is a cyclothon/walkathon happening on 13th November.

Details:

This event is a non corporate, purely voluntary cycle rally. This is to avoid expenses on things like t shirts or caps, also permissions etc are a hassle for any majorly organized event.

This is the route map:

Route

The aim is to cycle about 12 km ( MG Road Taj to Banashankari) through the city culminating at the institute in Banashankari and with a light snack here :-).

The Estimated start time is 8 am ending at the hospital at about 930 am. There will be a pilot vehile/car to lead the group. Some pamphlets to distribute along the route ( an awareness sheet on diabetes, not an ad)  and this will be done by the staff.

If you or your group would like to participate and the do let Mr. Subbakrishna on 9448137963 or Mr. Nataraj on 9449348275 with your estimated numbers.

Background:

An estimated 50.7 million people in India have diabetes and the number is projected to reach 87 million by 2030 . Recent studies have reported high rates amongst the rural poor, who often remain undiagnosed for long periods.Increasingly urban educated professionals too are being affected. This is due to a remarkable increase in sedentary lifestyles and food choices. In many cases the appearance of full blown diabetes can be delayed or prevented by inexpensive lifestyle modifications.
Adapting a more active lifestyle is one of the cheapest and easiest routes to stopping diabetes. Every year the 14th of November is marked as the World Diabetes Day. The Global Diabetes Walk is a remarkable example of awareness creation about diabetes and its effects. We are seeking support to conduct a walkathon/cyclothon in Bangalore. This event is aimed to be purely voluntary and is not supported by any corporate.

About the Institute:
Sri Keshava Trust is a “Sustainable Charity” engaged in provision of eye care services primarily in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka. The Trust has its activities in clinical work, outreach programs and in research. No patient is turned away for economic reasons and no effort is stinted to be at the cutting edge of eye care in all spheres. The trust undertakes research and training in all areas of ophthalmology and is currently in the process of creating comprehensive care models. The trust has built Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology (VIIO), a Rs.20 Crore (3.5 Million USD) super specialty charitable Ophthalmic Hospital and research center, with the help of over 3,500 donors big and small. The institute focuses on clinical work, Research and Training as its core areas with main motto as Dedication is the Ultimate Goal.Since 2005, we have been engaged in one of the biggest diabetes outreach programs in the country.

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

Posting so much about Bangalore, my hands never got tired, I thought to put some more recent pictures I have taken but then I thought to write something good which Bangalore chaps are doing. Here it goes:

Most of us know about Orissa Flood and Sikkim Earthquake, if you not, then you are software engineer like me who hardly go near TV. Yes, these disasters happened and happened recently. What a disaster cost can’t be explained in figure, though government try to give some figure, we should simple put one more zero at the end of it.

Flood - the level of water

Flood-Gopa Region

There are many more pictures but I hate sad pictures. So, pardon me here.

A NGO “Pankhudi Foundation” which operated in Bangalore and I am a proud member of it, started a campaign Nation-wide to get relief for Sikkim/Orissa victims. Lot of my Orissa friends are working at the spot and they are continuously providing me pictures/images and more important stats.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact any of these chaps at your place/location. If your home, don’t fall down in any of this, you can call last 2 no’s.

Where I can read more: http://pankhudifoundation.org/pankhudisahayata.shtml

City Name Contact Email
Bangalore Mr. Mohan Rajendra/
Ms. Prathima Kharvi
+91 90357 75116 /
+91 87221 44753
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Delhi Ms. Chhavi Negi/
Ms. Richa Singh
+91 99582 39780/
+91 88609 42604
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Hyderabad Mr. Murthy Penugonda/
Ms. Jyoti Singh
+91 81218 76553/
+91 93947 34328
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Mumbai Ms. Mukta Matta/
Mr. Akram Shaik
+91 98675 11042 /
+91 97735 63351
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Pune Ms. Srushti Dhok/
Mr. Sangamesh Kallur
+91 94225 41951/
+91 97625 22467
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Other locations Mr. Vaibhav Choudhari/
Mr. Satya Narayan Mohanty
+91 98867 96985
+91 99080 27775
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org

How can you contribute?

  • Medicines, baby food, sanitary napkins and other immediate materials required.
  • Wheat, Rice, Pulses (Dal), Chiwra, Buiscuits, dry and packed eatables.
  • Clothes, bed sheets, blankets, Tarpaulin (Large plastic sheets), Mosquito nets.
  • Cooking utensils, ropes, feeding bottles, water purifying tablets.

Monetary Contributions(better you give me a call: +91-9886796985):

  • All Monetary Contributions will be utilized towards purchasing the above material in bulk and for transporting it to the relief camps
  • By CHEQUE/DRAFT drawn in favor of “GOONJ” or “MIGHTY CLUB” (No cash accepted). Please write your name, postal address, phone no, email id, and PAN no behind the cheque/draft for receipt purpose.
  • For online transfer, please get in touch with Sahayata representaives in your city.
  • All donations will be eligible for Tax Benefits under 80G and FCRA.
  • Your contribution will reach the needy through GOONJ or Mighty Club.

Taking material to Orissa or Sikkim is costly and difficult therefore GOONJ will be using the money we raise to buy materials from nearby cities

The LAST DATE for sending in your contributions is 20th OCTOBER 2011 .

Turahalli is a village. A little forest area which is diminishing day by day is a lovely place to relax. Though our team went for birding and buttering. It is a dry deciduous forest with lot of eucalyptus trees and other wild shrubs and trees.

Some of the treats for us.

Eurasian Eagle-owl - This is Huge

Female Peafowl

Glassy Tiger

A lovely frog doing push-up 😛

Crimson Rose

Ground Skimmer

Marsh Glider (not sure at all)

Mammals 😛

Lady Purple rumped Sunbird making nest

Common Rose (I guess)

Brown Shrike

Common Tiger

No idea - but a beautiful bug

No idea again 🙂

A move by mighty - 56 cm what Book say

Canon photomarathon 2011

Are you a photographer?  If yes, have you ever been given a deadline to click for a particular theme in an hour or so? Have you planned your shots and chased behind the subject? Have you met most of the photographers in the city for one event? If no, then here is an interesting event for you which will give you a funfilled day with loads of good experiences in photography, called “Canon Photo Marathon”.

Canon Photomarathon is a photography competition, where you are given few themes and you run around the city, looking for photographs for a given theme and take photographs under time pressure.  Canon organizes photomarathon every year and this year it was on September 18th in different places in the world. In Bangalore, St.Josephs High school in Vittal mallya road was chosen as the venue. You need to register before participating in this through canon photomarathon website : http://www.canon-asia.com/photomarathon/photomarathon.html. There is no entry fee.

Event will start with registration and you will get a free T shirt. They give 3 different themes and participants should take photographs based on this theme in prescribed time. Only 1 theme will be announced at a time and we should submit the photos before they announce the next theme.

Themes given : 1. Games people play, 2. Building values in next generation Indians, 3. Thinking green.

As soon as themes were announed, few people left to click for the theme while few people discussed among their friends where to go, what to shoot and headed in different directions. It’s a nice event where you can have loads of fun with friends and also get to know many photography enthusiasts. There were few guests at the event like Kannada movie actress Aindrita ray and Wild life photographer Sudhir Shivaram. Also, last year’s winner spoke about his experience of winning and 8 days trip of Turkey which was last year’s 1st prize. Prizes for this year was 8 days trip to Tasmania, Australia and DSLR cameras as other prizes. We enjoyed roaming around and clicking for different themes.  Results may be announced in a month or so. Overall, it was a fun filled event but bit tiring too.

Few of the photographs taken during the event :

Empowered by the unity and youth of the country, Anna Hazare was never ready to get convinced and break his fast, with nothing less than a victory. This historical win of republic system has been celebrated hugely whole day, all over the country.

The fight against corruption does not end here, rather its just a warm beginning.

Few captures from Freedom park, Bangalore, where many were fasting throughout, as with Anna Hazare.

Ready for a new fight tomorrow

Blowing sound should reach all India and Indian

dancing and full with celebration mood

So much strength in the slogan together....Jai Hind. National Anthem is been sang together by the whole mass

Candle march in the night after Anna announced breaking of his fast.

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