Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Congregation @ Hosakote..!

Hosakote Lake is the largest fresh water body in Bengaluru. It is well known among birding community. I had my deepest desire to visit this place to check out the habitat..and I was not disappointed. I witnessed probably the biggest congregation of waterfowls..!! It was a treat.

Paddyfield Pippit. ?
Green bee Eater.
Google navigation suggested a shorter route to the lake bed, but it turned out to be difficult. I had to cross couple of gated complex. The trail which I took turned out to be the end of lake. 

Bushchat with a berry.
Half of the lake was transformed into grasslands. Due to lack of rain, the water level had gone down. However, the bird count was not.

Habitat view.
It was an interesting arena of birds. There were plenty of grey herons, egrets, pheasant tailed jacanas, stilts etc. Early morning sunshine had made the lake bed look lovely. It was beautiful.

The Congregation.
Pelicans, Grey Herons, Egrets.
Painted Storks, Wooly necked Stork, Black headed Ibis.
Main attraction to me was Wooly Necked Stork. I had read about this resident bird from other's trail reports too. It was beautiful.

Greater Cormorant.
Territorial combat of Grey Herons.

Juv Brahminy Kite.
Spot Billed Pelican.
Flock of Coots.
The lake boundaries are vulnerable for trespassing. There are few farm fields at the edge of the lake with out any fencing. Many buildings and plots have come up near the lake. This indicates growth and it is not far to see lake getting encroached by real estate sharks.

Visit Hosakote lake for infinite birding experience.

Old Madras Road >> Proceed till first toll booth >> just before the toll booth take a left turn. Directions from that deviation to lake bed.


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