A Bird’s Eye View of India – Part 2

In this part, I travel closer home, a segment we tend to neglect often. When I was living in Mathikere (Bangalore), Hebbal lake used to be a favourite haunt. Abutting the airport highway and Hebbal flyover, Hebbal lake and park is a well maintained spot with watchful guards and gardeners on diligent duty. Early morning was when birders from across the city were seen with their arsenal of cameras, tripods, flashes and the works. Here are some select clicks.

A panoramic view of Hebbal lake, Bangalore
Early morning capture
A seasoned birder alerted me about this feller.
Gotcha!

Kaikondrahalli lake near Bellandur, Bangalore is another water body with a good haul of birds. There was a civic uproar as the discharge of effluents was creating an unbearable stench. I hope they’ve swung into action to preserve this oasis right in the midst of a concrete excesses.

A pond heron ruminating

Hoskote lake is on the Bangalore-Kolar highway. Here are two morning captures.

Puttenahalli lake near Yelahanka. Concealed behind a shopping complex near Rail Wheel and Axle plant, this is largely unknown except for keen birders. Even the locals are unaware of it. It’s worth spending a morning for a concentration of herons and painted storks.

Puttenahalli lake, JP Nagar. This lake is maintained very well by the residents welfare society with well manicured gardens providing ample lung space. I went there in the afternoon and wasn’t very lucky.

Kokrebellur

Kokrebellur is an unusual village in Maddur Taluka.

On the Bangalore Mysore highway, just after Channapatna, the toy town, watch out for sign boards pointing to Kokrebellur.

After 15 kms you take a left and 10 kms further down you come across Kokrebellur.

‘kokre’ is Kannada for Painted Stork.

An assortment of painted storks, spot billed Pelicans, cormorants, egrets and villagers peacefully co- exist here.

In Februray, it would be an overwhelming sight to see trees enveloped by nesting birds creating a charming cacophony.

Villagers fondly refer to the painted storks and Pelicans as ” our daughters who come home for delivery !” 😍😍😍

This blog here faithfully captures the essence of this village giving you compelling reasons to visit it.

A Village Where Farmers Adopt And Nurture Rare Birds Even If They Harm The Crops!

I was here this morning and was lucky to sight quite a treeful 😎

But please mark your calendar and set aside some time in February to witness this rare confluence.

Some clicks ……

Here ends part 2. I have enough pics to last many more parts. But I will end this series with part 3 which will focus on my birding experiences in Tamilnadu and Kerala.

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