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Ragihalli Birding – Bannerghatta

A delight to see Jungle Nightjar (though not able to manage the shot of this lovely guy) and Plum-headed Parakeet. Enjoy some of the pictures taken.

Ashy Prinia

Ashy Prinia

Flameback Woodpecker

Flameback Woodpecker

Golden Fronted Leafbird

Golden Fronted Leafbird

Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove

Male Plum Headed Parakeet

Male Plum Headed Parakeet

Plum-headed Parakeet - 2 females and 1 male

Plum-headed Parakeet – 2 females and 1 male

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Pair of Spotted Owlet

Pair of Spotted Owlet

White throated Kingfisher

White throated Kingfisher

Zitting Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Ragihalli Lake – Waterlilies and Birds.

Ragihalli provides one of the best bird sighting always. Though it the latest days I have seen lot of constructions came in Ragihalli but still the lake and the forest road is wonderful for any new birder to experienced one.

This is some of the sighting near Ragihalli Lake. And Waterlilies are making the place lovely. Please enjoy the picture and do drop your comments. For direction and other blogs, please see our place and bird report section.

Our trip this time has been joined by Aditya and Akriti. Most of the pictures have been taken by them.

tawny eagle

tawny eagle

spotted owlets

spotted owlets

short toed snake eagle

short toed snake eagle

red rumped swallow

red rumped swallow

purple rumped sunbird

purple  sunbird

Oriental honey buzzard

Oriental honey buzzard

A close inside view.

A close inside view.

lesser whislings duck

lesser whislings duck

lotus

Waterlilies

Waterlilies

Waterlilies

A close inside view.

A close inside view.

A close inside view.

A close inside view.

lesser whisling duck

lesser whisling duck

crimson rose

crimson rose

crested serpant eagle

crested serpant eagle

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

It was my 16th visit of Ragihalli, whenever I saw that place I see one small lake in Ragihalli but never able to locate this. The secret got opened when Deepa revealed the location of secret lake which was just a wow place for birding.

Who welcomed us – White lotus… My first view of white lotus in Life. It was again a cloudy day and the life-cycle of nature didn’t revealed lot of birds for us, though we were hearing tremendous of it. Putting the cruel mind of photographer apart, I felt very happy in the paradise.

White Lotus

White Lotus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swallows were running here and there and then I saw them finally sitting. It was a delight to see the juvenile swallow too.

Red Rumped Swallows - in a discussion

Red Rumped Swallows - in a discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then suddenly so many bee-eaters will come and sat near you. You will get confuse whom to take :).

Small Bee-eater before the catch.

Small Bee-eater before the catch.

Small Green Bee-eater Juv

Small Green Bee-eater Juv

Juv. Red rumped Swallow

Juv. Red rumped Swallow

Lotus - Lifecycle

Lotus - Lifecycle

Silverbills - What to talk

Silverbills - What to talk

Protecting eggs

Protecting eggs

Pied Crow :P

Pied Crow 😛

Glory Lily

Glory Lily

Always delighted to see spotted Owlets

Always delighted to see spotted Owlets

Purple Rumped Sunbird

Purple Rumped Sunbird and fruits

Pea Blue

Pea Blue

Taking a day off and watching the gift of nature is always an awesome experience. The day was cloudy and i was getting impatient for those birds who were just wow to watch. Finally the count started and sun gave enough for camera to work.

Sun around 7.00, which was not a good sign :(.

Sun around 7, not a good sign

Sun around 7, not a good sign

Brahminy Starling fighting on a tree full of summer flowers. I have noticed a common feature in these birds like starling or parakeets, they are very specific towards some flowers, so even they will be in the ocean of flowers they will fight for that particular one. Any justification ?

Brahminy Starling

Brahminy Starling

Moving forward, I saw some scaly breasted Munia’s in the water pool. I guess they were searching some food at that watery land.

Scaly Breasted Munia

Scaly Breasted Munia

And at the same place, little separated from the crowd, here goes Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark(my first shot):

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Finally finishing the visit of a small ground, me and Chandu( a class 10th student, all excited after finishing his exam) decided to move forward. As we came outside on road, we saw bushchats, a common beautiful bird with a whistling sound.

Pied bushchat (Male)

Pied bushchat (Male)

Indian Robin(Female) ?

Indian Robin(Female) ? (A baby Indian Robin ?)

In the meanwhile, I also got my fav. House Sparrow. sitting nicely, calmly as they always do.

House Sparrow(Male)

House Sparrow(Male)

and a matching, Jerdon’s Bushlark:

Jerdon's Bushlark

paddyfield pipit

Very interesting to watch that some oriental white eyes were hiding themselves in a leaf of a tree. Thank God to 400 mm lens, I saw that they were protecting their nest. So, this is just one shot of this lovely bird as I decided to move forward.

Oriental White eye

Oriental White eye

Many treats were there for me on the midway. Where I saw Pied Cuckoo a winter migrant but doing something in Summers(thanks to Deepa for this knowledge). Here goes:

Pied Cuckoo -- Winter Migrant

Pied Cuckoo -- Winter Migrant

Soon followed by Flycatchers and Bee eaters.

White browed flycatcher

White-browed FANTAIL Flycatcher

A out of focus shot (please adjust)

Asian Paradise Flycatcher(Female)

Asian Paradise Flycatcher(Female)

White cheeked Barbet

White cheeked Barbet

Small Green bee-eater

Small Green bee-eater

White packing for the day and coming back to sweet home. Here went some more shots:

Pair of Laughing Dove

Pair of Laughing Dove

Barn Swallow

Red Rumped Swallow

Ashy Prinia

Ashy Prinia

Black Kite ?

Black Kite

Black Drongo

Ashy Drongo

Another Saturday and all set for yet another trip to Ragihalli. This time both of us (Me and Vaibhav) had a lot of time and we decided we are going to cover the area between Ragihalli all the way to Thattekere Lake. But as always nothing goes as I plan, however this time around it was for good I guess.

We took the right turn from Ragihalli Gate on our Apache RTR 160 & 180 and stopped about 100mts from there.

Apache RTR 160 & 180

Apache RTR 160 & 180

We ventured into the open space on the right. And withing no time we spotted Pied Bushchat – Female, Little Brown Dove and Bay-Backed Shrike.

Pied Bushchat - Female

Pied Bushchat - Female

Little Brown Dove

Little Brown Dove

Bay-Backed Shrike

Bay-Backed Shrike

A little further Black Kite with a piece of flesh and another one answering nature’s call. They are nesting on top of tree. The kite with the flesh flew back to the nest. Not sure if the young ones are hatched. Just near the tree you can find at least 5 White-Throated Kingfisher.

Kingfisher, white throated

Kingfisher, white throated

Black Kite with a piece of flesh

Black Kite with a piece of flesh

Black Kite

Black Kite

And then we spotted Spotted Owlet. Not one but two of them.

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Spotted Owlet

There were lots of House Sparrows, Jerdon’s Bushlark and White Throated Munia feeding on the grains from hay. They were in huge quantity.

House Sparrow - Male and White Throated Munia

House Sparrow - Male and White Throated Munia

House Sparrow - Male

House Sparrow - Male

Jerdon's Bushlark

Jerdon's Bushlark

White Throated Munia

White Throated Munia

Soon we found a group of Yellow Billed Babbler who are always found in group.

Yellow Billed Babbler

Yellow Billed Babbler

There’s a small water body close by and call of Red-wattled Lapwing attracted our attention. They were soon found mating.

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Found Pond Heron sitting on a tree.

Pond Heron

Pond Heron

We found two Lesser Coucal there, lots of Sunbirds, Prinia, Black Drongo and Bushlarks.

Greater Coucal

Greater Coucal

Purple Sunbird - Male

Purple Sunbird - Male

Plain Prinia

Plain Prinia

Black Drongo on Ox

Black Drongo on Ox

Jerdon's Bushlark

Jerdon's Bushlark

We spent some good amount of time here and we decided to move ahead. While heading back to the main road I chose to sit next to the tree where we spotted Hoopoe earlier, wishing I get to see it again. While waiting for Hoopoe I saw Jungle Myna.

Jungle Myna

Jungle Myna

And this insect while Vaibhav was trying to follow some bird’s call.

Insect

Insect

Finally we were back on the main road, engines started and we moved ahead. We spotted a Shikra on the way, which flew away because a truck passed by honking. We stopped there are started exploring the area. We saw Eurasian Collared Dove and to our surprise Vaibhav spotted Oriental Honey-Buzzard. Another vehicle honking and the Oriental Honey-Buzzard flew. We managed to get one shot of the Oriental Honey-Buzzard though. Saw a White Cheeked Barbet, Small Minivet, Common Iora (Female) and White Browed Flycatcher .

Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

White Cheeked Barbet

White Cheeked Barbet

Small Minivet

Small Minivet

Common Iora (Female)

Common Iora (Female)

White Browed Flycatcher

White Browed Flycatcher

While waiting for the Oriental Honey-Buzzard to come down we met another group who were out for birding. After some time we lost the sight of the eagle and had to move ahead. We reached Ragihalli in some time. Stopped at our regular shop to have a tea and anna sambhar. After getting the fuel we started again. Just before Ramakrishna Ashram some birds call attracted out attention. We stopped there looking for the bird and decided to explore that area.

We spotted some SunbirdsBush Lark, Indian Robin, and while Coucal. While we moved a little ahead to get a better shot of coucal I saw a raptor landing on a tree. To our surprise it was Oriental Honey-Buzzard. Soon we forgot about Coucal and moved quietly towards the eagle.  There were lots of flies above its head. In the same area there were a lot of dragonfly.

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

We were very happy. After taking some rest we started again. Now we crossed Shivanahalli and stopped in front of an open field. Jackpot! I saw Asian Paradise-Flycatcher.

Asian Paradise-Flycatcher

Asian Paradise-Flycatcher

And Sirkeer Malkoha!!!

Sirkeer Malkoha

Sirkeer Malkoha

And Indian Treepie!!!

Indian Treepie

Indian Treepie

And Indian Roller, our (Karnataka’s) State Bird!!! Whoo ha. What a day!

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

Indian Roller

There were quiet a few Green Bee-Eater out there.

Green Bee-Eater

Green Bee-Eater

It was already 1:15 PM and it was time to return. Cameras were packed and we headed back after a very satisfying day.

Here’s the complete bird list –

Babbler, Yellow Billed

Barbet, White Cheeked

Bulbul, Red-vented

Bulbul, Red-whiskered

Bushchat, Pied

Bushlark, Jerdon’s

Cattle Egret

Coucal, Greater

Crow, Jungle

Crow, House

Dove, Eurasian Collared

Dove, Little Brown

Dove, Spotted

Drongo, Black

Flycatcher, Asian Paradise

Flycatcher, White Browed

Heron, Pond

Honey-Buzzard, Oriental

Green Bee-Eater

Indian Robin

Indian Roller

Iora, Common

Kite, Black

Kite, Brahimy

Kingfisher, White-Throated

Koel, Asian

Lapwing, Red-wattled

Malkoha, Sirkeer

Minivet, Small

Munia White Throated

Myna, Jungle

Myna, Common

Owlet, Spotted

Prinia, Ashy

Prinia, Plain

Rose Ringed Parakeets

Shikra

Shrike, Bay-Backed

Sparrow, House

Sunbird, Purple

Sunbird,Purple Rumped

Treepie, Indian

Wagtail, Pied

My 10th visit to Ragihalli

This weekend was not different from other weekends. And why to make it different when I get a chance to enjoy with nature, listen the rares and shot the colors. After deciding the place, me and Sushil reached to Ragihalli on Saturday. Though we know the birding group(bngbirds) going at the same place on Sunday but if treasure is big, we need at least 2 days.

purple rumbed sunbird (Male and Female)

purple rumbed sunbird (Male and Female)

Green Bee Eater ..in the grass land

Green Bee Eater ..in the grass land

We stopped our bikes at the hotspot of Ragihalli. Though burnt grassland gave a sense of bad feeling but we moved inside and as said, treasure were waiting. Huuppp-Huuuppp, huuupp-huuupp and this first bird I got was Hoopoe. A lovely bird and not very common. Moving forward, we say Black shouldered Kite, what a lovely bird it is.. we got busy in admiring the beauty of that bird, till that time it ran away. We got her back again. A dense tree with one side a White breasted Kingfisher sitted, one side a coppersmith barbet, one side two parakeet were playing and in the center a spotted owlet was watching us.. Alright, One by one 🙂

Shikra(Male)

Shikra(Male)

White belled Drongo

White belled Drongo

I loved it. But we were in a short time frame and heart was saying NO but work demanded us to back. Sunday we had to join the birding group. And here came Sunday. When we reached, we saw hundred of people(hmm, may be 50), waiting for sunrise. Deepa told, it was supposed to be at 6.20 AM. Nevertheless, idea was to go to Ramakrishna Mission School ,Shivanahalli(Ashrama). Just entering into the place, as usual, I liked the words of Vivekanand written on the wall…”To be good and to do good, that is the whole of religion”. Swami ji had taken us in the forest area, which is in parallel to National Park area. Flycatcher, one of us said. I can sense it, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher has a lovely water flowing sound. We got it, she was sitting near bike’s mirror and watching her face in mirror.. o man, you got a lovely face :)).

Shikra Female

Shikra Female

CopperSmith Barbet - 2 Shots

CopperSmith Barbet

Bushchat, Male

Bushchat, Male

Yellow eyed Babbler - First time shot

Yellow eyed Babbler

Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered Kite

Hoopoe

Hoopoe

Rose Ringed Parakeets..

Rose Ringed Parakeets..

Male and Female Indian Robin

Male and Female Indian Robin

Bay backed Shrike

Bay backed Shrike

Ticktell's Blue Flycatcher

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Thattekere, a small village, after Ragihalli is another spot for bird watching. Our idea was to celebrate one of our friends’ Birthday and cover the stretch of Ragihalli up to Thattekere. In most of our visits to  Ragihalli, we used to go till the village and come back. But this time, we went ahead and crossed a small water pool(yes, this is how the road is meant to be… else you need to take a longer route) and reached  Thattekere. While crossing Ragihalli, we spotted lots of birds. A common tailorbird which comes into the Prinia family and pair of spotted Owlets.

Common Tailorbird

Common Tailorbird

Spotted "Spotted Owlet Baby :) "

Spotted Owlet Baby

Advantage of so many visits of Ragihalli is that we have come to know the Kingfisher spot. Don’t know how much true, but Kingfishers can be spotted at the same location. At least in Ragihalli, we have hit ratio of 1:1. A lovely female Parakeet, we spotted.

Rose-ringed Parakeet Female

Rose-ringed Parakeet Female

White throated Kingfisher

White throated Kingfisher

Crossing the stretch of Ragihalli, first time we spotted a Brahminy Starling, a small and a beautiful bird. Bushlark was also screaming loudly in the morning.

Jerdon's Bushlark

Jerdon's Bushlark

brahminy starling

Brahminy Starling

Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Further ahead we also spotted lots of Black Drongos, Indian Robins and Bushlarks. further a pair of Red rumped Swallows sitting on wire caught our attention.

Black Drongo Spotted at Ragihalli

Black Drongo

Small Blue Kingfisher

Small Blue Kingfisher

Black Kite

Black Kite - Working for nest

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite in flight, searching food

Small green bee eater

Small green bee eater

Indian Robin (Male)

Indian Robin (Male)

Red rumped Swallow

Red rumped Swallow

Darter(Snake Bird)

Darter(Snake Bird)

Red-Whiskered Bulbul

Red-Whiskered Bulbul

Bay-Backed Shrike(Embedded Image Inside)

Bay-Backed Shrike(back side is Indian Robin 🙂 )

Ashy Drongo

Ashy Drongo

Indian Robin- Female

Indian Robin- Female

Green Bee Eater

Green Bee Eater

Brown Shrike

Brown Shrike

River Tern

River Tern

 

White-Breasted Kingfisher

White-Breasted Kingfisher

 

A scenic view of Thattekere Lake and a black IBIS :).

Black Ibis

Black Ibis

 

View of Thattekere Lake

View of Thattekere Lake

Ragihalli, the place from where we started bird photography and visited Ragihalli again on 31st December 2010. That was our last visit to Ragihalli and last bird photography for year 2010.

It was a beautiful misty morning.

Sunrise on a Misty Morning by Vaibhav
Sunrise on a Misty Morning!

We stopped in between and went into a field. It was completely covered with dew. It was all around the place.

Morning Dew by Sushil
Morning Dew!

 

Sun was slowly coming out, clearing the mist.

Grassland by Sushil

Grassland

Grassland by Vaihav
Grassland

Some thorny bushes.

Thorny Bush by Vaibhav

Thorny Bush

Thorny Bush by Sushil
Thorny Bush
Signature Spiders.

Signature Spider by Vaibhav

Signature Spider

Signature Spider by Sushil

Signature Spider

Spider web and Fly

Fly by Sushil

Fly

Spider Web by Sushil
Spider Web
Indian Robin Female and Male respectively

Indian Robin - Female by Sushil

Indian Robin - Female

Indian Robin - Male by Sushil
Indian Robin – Male
Bulbuls
Red-Vented Bulbul by Sushil
Red-Vented Bulbul
Red-Whiskered Bulbul by Sushil
Red-Whiskered Bulbul
Brown Shrike
Brown Shrike by Sushil
Brown Shrike

A love story captured at Ragihalli (White Throated Munia)!

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Yellow-eyed Babbler Sushil
Yellow-eyed Babbler

Purple-rumped Sunbird

Purple-rumped Sunbird by Sushil
Purple-rumped Sunbird

Weaver Bird Nest

Weaver Bird Nest by Sushil
Weaver Bird Nest

Some Vegetation

Grass by Sushil

Grass

Plant by Sushil
Plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pied Bushchat – Male

Pied Bushchat by Sushil

Pied Bushchat

Butterfly                                                                                                                         Kingfisher

Lemon Pansy by Vaibhv

Lemon Pansy

White Throated Kingfisher by Vaibhav

White Throated Kingfisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bee Eater                                                                                                           Spotted Dove

Green Bee Eater by Vaibhav

Green Bee Eater

Spotted Dove by Vaibhav

Spotted Dove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And at the end a lonely slipper

Lonely Slipper by Sushil

Lonely Slipper

Our last month visit to Ragihalli was not enough to capture the birds of the village. So we were again inspired to make a trip to the place but this time in the evening.

Green Bee Eater

Green Bee Eater

The road which leads to the village has forest on both the sides. Just walk through the roads and keep a watch on the left and the right side of the road and on the wires, you could spot lots of birds.

The place seems to be the home of the “Green Bee Eaters”. Just after we enter the road towards Ragihalli is a huge empty land where we could spot a couple of Green Bee Eaters.

 

 

 

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul

And following the rule that the birds generally be at the same place, the Oriental White Eye was at the same place where we had found during our last visit. It was sitting on the same tree and so was easy to spot it again.

We could also spot few birds which had not captured during our last visit – the Great Coucals and the Red Whiskered Bulbul.

Nice place to visit again and again. Still lots of birds are there which we have not been able to spot here.

The best time is to visit little early in the evening before the sunset and early morning after the sunrise.

While Sun goes down to sleep...

And while you are busy spotting the birds, do remember that you are also being spotted!

Spotted..

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