I had got adopted to the routine life; work, house and pollution. Me and my wife badly needed a good solid outing to freshen up our souls. So we headed towards Chikamagalur where my uncle stays. My intention was to visit only River Tern lodge maintained by Jungle lodges and resorts. But we had to change the plan as slots were not available. Nevertheless, we first went to Sirimane Falls near Sringeri. I knew about this place as it is one of the popular tourist spot specially during monsoon season, but never had been there. It is about 90kms from Chikamagalur and is worth a visit.
The first birding experience started here, a loud crackling voice came from top of a tree. I ran towards the tree and learnt that it was Hill Myna. It was my first experience with Hill Mynas, they have a shrill voice but an attractive one.
We left from that location to visit the Sharadamba Temple @ Sringeri. Such a divine place.!
|Hill Myna with a kill.|
This reservoir is widely known for River Terns. An intelligent and interesting species of birds which reside mainly near water bodies.
|River Terns--orange beaks everywhere.!|
|Female River Terns: taking care of their eggs and young ones.|
I was shocked to see plenty of River terns on that delta. They were fishing, feasting, feeding their young ones. The naturalist continued with the facts; female's would not leave the ground and their job is to take care of the eggs and the young birds. Male's would go fishing, pick fish and feed the babies.
|Mobbed by River Terns.|
|Time to Hunt.|
|An attempt to catch a fish.!|
|I caught one.!|
|I gulped it.|
Places Near Chikamagalur:
Mullayyanagiri Hills: Trekking.
Baba Budangiri Hills: Shrine.
Kemmannugundi: Hill station.
Kalahatgiri and Hebbe Falls: Popular waterfalls.
Sringeri, Horanadu, Kalasa: Popular temples.
Sirimane Falls, Hanumangundi Falls: Popular waterfalls enroute to Kudremukh.
River Tern Lodge: Jungle Lodges and resorts-- Lakkavalli.