I had to skip Dandeli-Yellapur and Nandi bird reports to complete this. Like many others I was a first timer to this event. This event is organized by HSBC in the month of January, every year. A group of 5 members should identify as many bird species as possible between 0530 hours to 1800 hours. At end of the day the bird report will be submitted to the coordinators who will announce the winner.
Well, although the team names were just for formality, Deepa Mohan accumulated a bunch of birders, the count was 38..!! It was a great congregation of local birders. It was an awesome gathering !! I met so many like minded people. The predefined route was JP Nagar >> Bannerghatta circle >> Gulakamale Lake >> The Valley School area, Kanakapura road >> Bannerghatta zoo area.
|Small Blue Kingfisher @ Gulakamale Lake.|
|Ashy Crowned Sparrow-Lark @ Gulakamale Lake.|
|""Pale" Billed Flowerpecker @ Valley School Entrance.|
|With a cherry fruit.|
OOH's AAH's ABBA's and many other adjectives came out from our mouth when we found colorful and elusive birds. People who missed the shots cursed themselves with AYYAYYO, Darn it ! etc.
|Verditer Flycatcher @ Valley School arena.|
|White Spotted Fantail Flycatcher.|
|Display of "FAN".|
Flycatcher avenue is where you'd find beautiful flycatchers. The show started with a Blue-Bearded bee eater, uncommon in this area.
|Blue Bearded bee eater.|
|Asian Brown Flycatcher.|
Moving on, the bold one turned up and posed nicely.
|Tickell's Blue Flycatcher.|
Though I missed to take a shot of Rufous Asian Paradise Flycatcher at the start, I was fortunate enough to get it at the end. I can't explain in words how it danced in front of us. Magical Moment..!
|Love this image. Long tail on 2 twigs.|
|Faint image of a Pied Kingfisher.|
|Grey Heron, Marsh crocodile.|
|Black Capped Night Heron.|
We then departed to Infantry hotel where our findings were to be submitted. Further, an interaction with Mr. Sudhir Shivram, a small presentation about Leopard and its habitat from Mr. Sanjay Gubbi and a short but effective speech by Dr. M B Krishna was an icing on cake.
The day started at 0530 hours and ended at 2200 hours, every minute was special. I'd like to thank all the birding enthusiasts. It was an amazing social gathering.
For me it was definitely not about specie count, it was more of knowledge transfer from the experts.
Ebird report :
Event: HSBC Bangalore Bird Race--18 Jan 2015.