Weekend Birding : Hebbal Lake, Bangalore

Posted by redthil On 5/19/2012 11:30:00 PM

Saturday, 19th May 2012

This was not a pre-planned trip as such.. (well, all our weekend birding plans are decided the previous late night only).. but this one, i went alone... the reason being, we had an office cricket match (an inter-team match between the teams in our building), morning at around 10am.. and the venue being the BEL Grounds (near  Hebbal), i decided to take this opportunity to visit the lake early in the morning, and then head to the match.. tho i always go to the match, whether i play or not.. and this time we had little trouble with the head count, so, it was ok for me to go also, for the head count...

So, started from home at around 5am , first some cab (tempo traveller) to Shanthi Nagar bus-stop, and then took the BIAL bus till Hebbal Fly-over.. and this lake is just near that flyover.. my plan was to reach the lake atleast by 7am and to my surprise, i reached the lake at 6am itself.. early morning travel is always good, in-terms of traffic and the climate (as coming back after the match at 2pm was terrible...bangalore has become soooooo hot these days, in-terms-of climate...)

Anyways, coming to the birding, dint see much of an activity there .. and also, very few varieties of water birds were only there.. so, here are few pics taken there today morning...

Black Headed Ibis

Spot-Billed Duck

Spot-Billed Duck -- Landing..

Moor Hen or Water Hen

Pond Heron

I think this is Grey Heron  Purple Heron [Thanks Parry for the ID]

Pond Heron - With its tongue out...

Red-Whiskered Bulbul -- i like this for the composition

Weeds in the Lake

Grass-hopper in the Weeds
Red Dragon Fly - not sure what the name of this one exactly..

I normally dont like to take pic of Dog or Cat.. but saw this one in the perfect lighting.. so dint hesitate to get down to the ground level...


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