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Runners Club – Lalbagh Track

Lalbagh running track is one of the best track available in the middle of Bangalore for the joggers / marathon practitioners. Looping of around 4.5K (that’s a good size) can be done. Track is quite bigger is size and lot of people can run in parallel. Road, brick road, and mud – all kinds of tracks are available.

Entry ticket – No, till 9.30 AM and after 6 PM. Rs. 10 in between (not a time for runners :P)

At the time of Rain : Fairly good. This track can be used even after a rainy day.

Hopcoms (Vegetable/Fruit Seller) is also available inside the lalbagh which can be used for buying fruits after the run. Here is a typical track route.

My this 10K run is without shoes, which clearly depicts that its a clean place to run.

lalbagh track

Endomondo Run : https://www.endomondo.com/users/23961627/workouts/604664048

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.

Lalbagh at its best.

Fishing on full swing, today i saw 3 boats doing fishing ! And hardly figured out any cormorant, pelicans. Painted storks were flying high. No fish to eat, critical danger to stuck in net.

Fishing at full swing

Fishing at full swing

Condition of the lake – Plastic bottles on full swing. Outside eatables are not allowed and complete inside of lalbagh is all about eatables and plastic water bottle selling. My counting gave me a figure of 15 small-big eating place inside lalbagh, so its all about picnic ?
Plastic dumping in Lake

Plastic dumping in Lake

Entry fee is Rs. 10 and camera fee has  been introduced to Rs. 50, and that officials will check at all crosses. But they will never check the romantic couples. I personally felt that Entry fee should have been made Rs.20.

 

 

Evening Birding at Lalbagh

It was my family trip to Lalbagh sometimes around 1 o cock noon. Caught some of the actions and loved to see the battle of Pelican and Black Kite. 4 Black Kites attacked Pelican who had a big fish in the mouth. Attack was successful and Pelican left the big fish but none of the black kites were able to take that because of its heaviness.

 

Enjoy some of the pictures !!

 

Black Kite

Black Kite

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

Little Cormorant with catch

Little Cormorant with catch

Red Breasted Flycatcher - Female

Red Breasted Flycatcher – Female

Grey heron

Grey heron

Lotus

Lotus

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Rose ringed Parakeet

Rose ringed Parakeet

Spot billed Pelican

Spot billed Pelican

Spot billed Pelican

Spot billed Pelican

Black Kite attack to Spot billed Pelican

Black Kite attack to Spot billed Pelican

Red Breasted Flycatcher - Female

Red Breasted Flycatcher – Female

Red Rose

Red Rose

Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove

tickells leaf warbler

tickells leaf warbler

ID please

ID please

Tree Walk on June 21

Dear all,

In the month of May, we at Hasiru Usiru started what we hope will be a monthly series of conversations on the city. Dr.H.S.Sudhira spoke about Averting the Tragedy of Commons for Bangalore
(http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/5299-hasiru-usiru-analyses-the-tragedy-of-commons)

This month, we want to do a walking talk.

On June 22, Saturday, Arun Kumar.N, Narayan and Sheshadri, passionate botanists and tree lovers will conduct a tree walk in Lalbagh. The walk will have discussions on the varous species of trees in Lalbgah, how to identify them, whether they are native or have been got in from elsewhere, what are the trees native to Bangalore etc.

The walk starts at 11am. Please assemble near the entrance to the nursery which is just opposite the rock at Lalbagh. the closest way to get there is to enter through the Double Road gate. Please call Shaheen (93412 58123) or Sheshadri (94482 59194) in case you come there and cannot identify the group.

The walk and talk will go on till about 12.30pm.

In addition, with the monsoons starting this is the right to time plant any saplings. Sheshadri has generously offered to get saplings(free of cost) for anyone who wants them and will come to the talk. He can also guide you on how to plant them. The saplings which will be made available are listed at the bottom of this email. If you do want any sapling, you need to email Sheshadri (livewithtrees@gmail.com) before 2pm on Friday, June 21.

Thanks,
Vinay.

The list of saplings are –
For planting under overhead electric wires.
Wrightia tinctoria (Beppaale)
Alangium salvifolium (Ankole)
Phyllanthus emblica (Nelli)
Lagersrtroemia speciosa (Pride of India)

For medium width roads, without overhead electric wires.
Hardwickia binate (Kamre/Kaarachu)
Holoptelia integrifolia (Tapasi)
Pongamia pinnata (Honge)
Thespesia populnea (Hoovarase)
Michelia champaca (Sampige)
Mimusops elengi (Renjlu/Bakula)
Limonia acidissima (Beladahannu)

For Wide, open roads.
Terminalia bellirica (Taare)
Bambusa bambos (Big Bamboo)
Ficus racemosa (Atthi)
Ficus religiosa (Arali, Peepal)
Pterygota alata
Madhuca longifolia (Ippe)
Syzigium cumini (Naati Nerle)
Jackfruit
Mango

Vinay Sreenivasa,

Sharing…not sharing….

I’d been talking about the location of a bird which I found by accident. When I posted about it, a friend asked,
“Did you ask some one, and did they not disclose the location ?”

In other words, was I sour-graping because I was not being told the location of this (or any other recently discovered) bird?

My response to him:

Ha, ha, I know better than to ask for the location of any recently-discovered bird, O expert birder! Have I asked you? (I know you saw it.) No, it’s not a case of sour grapes…in fact, the reverse, as I have given the location of various birds to many expert birders, after discovering them by sheer accident (eg . Indian Eagle Owl at Ramnagara or Turahalli.) I can confidently say, go look in Lal Bagh, a large public park in Bangalore, you will find the Spotted Owlet. This does not guarantee that the person will see it.

I am a well-known “L-B”…. a Learner-Birder.I have neither the  knowledge nor the scientific background to qualify as an expert 🙂 Neither will I ask where the Pratincole, or the Emu, or the Mute Swan,  the Roc, or the Phoenix,  are to be found. Most birds will, for me, be found only within the covers of my “Grimmskipp”(Grimmett and Inskipp) , “Salim Uncle” (Salim Ali), “Pam Ram” (Pamela Rasmussen) , or “Kashmir Jack” (Krys Kazmierczak). You think I will go on a ship-without-a-toilet to see pelagic birds? The answer is, Gua—no!

We’ve already had the hilarious situation, in Lalbagh, of a totally non-bird interested jogger coming up and telling us, “Some crows are harassing some bird which I don’t know, can you help?” It proved to be the Mottled Wood Owl. No  humans (birders or non-birders)  were troubling it…but it was the ever-present mobsters, the crows.The Mottled Wood Owls, in spite of the Lalbagh crowds, have been at their location off and on over the years.

My birding friends here  in St.Louis, Mark Glenshaw, Chris Ferree, Jim Wilson, Mary Dueren (Audubon Society)  and Danny Brown (Wildlife photographer and conservation scientist) , freely share the location of birds and animals in Forest Park, with me. That doesn’t mean that I can see them all the time! In fact, in the heights and the thick foliage  of the Cottonwood trees, even when Mark is showing me where the  huge female Great Horned Owl is sitting…it takes me several minutes to spot her. It took me a week of scouting the right area before I saw the mink family, and the little baby mink came up to my feet and looked up at me.

Oh well… about both points of view (share and don’t share) have their validity….disturbance to the birds is a ver real fear.  Ne’er the twain shall meet…

Unfortunately, birding is becoming a secretive, “I-know-so-and-so-who-will-tell-me-where-x-bird-is-to-be-found” kind of activity. This is why I like my UGS (Usual Gang of Suspects)…we are a happy-go-lucky lot who are as thrilled to see a House Sparrow in front of the Udupi Banashree Darshini as we are to see a Crested Hawk Eagle at Nandi Hills! We don’t want the secret birds……where the ordinary birds are, is secret enough for us most of the time!

Cheers, Deepa.

Some killer view – Snakes around.

Keelback with a huge prey at Lalbagh

Indian Common Bronze back Tree Snake at Gulakmale

Indian Common Bronze back Tree Snake - A great mover at Gulakmale

Vine Snake at Muthur village

Green Journaling Workshop at Lalbagh

A message from Sangeetha Kadur:

Hello,

“GREEN SCRAPS” , Nature journaling workshop !!

We are happy to announce yet another exclusive “GreenScraps” workshop this Summer 2012 !
For all the details about the workshop,

click here

If you need to know more about the workshop, please call the numbers

Sangeetha: 98868 12598

Shilpashree: 92414 49073

The registrations are limited to just 12 participants.

With best regards,
Shilpashree & Sangeetha Kadur


http://sangeethakadur.blogspot.com/

Lalbagh Flower show – Republic Day Special

Some pictures here :

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Colours and photography….

Been gallivanting as usual….Lalbagh on the 25th morning, to Gulakmale on the 26th, to Bannerghatta JLR on the 27th, to volunteer with 48 children from Vidya Niketan, Bangalore…. it’s been a wonderful time.

Here is an image of a push-cart seller from Lalbagh:

psh crt b 250112

And this one, with a shaft of sunlight:

pshcrt  light b 250112

On the night of the 25th, I also went to “Yamini”, an all-night music and dance festival at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Here’s a photograph of light percolating through the smoke of the mosquito-repellents:

smoke iimb 250112

In the dark, I got the colours of this Bougainvillea because of some back-lighting:

bgnvla iimb 250112

I enjoy colours very much…and unexpected effects on my MLC!

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