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Bird Watching in Anegundi – Part 2


If you read my previous post, you know what’s coming your way. If you didn’t – you can still settle down beside me on the weather beaten rocks of Anegundi in Karnataka and watch what’s going on at a lily pond.

Lily pond

Lily pond

Balancing its giant spider like feet on lily pads, a bronze winged jacana goes about picking its meal. On the rocks, you see a squirrel’s bushy tail…and then you don’t. Pigeons keep gurgling in the background.

The babblers don’t seem so noisy anymore as we enter the trance that comes from watching something for a long time.

Playing hide and seek

Playing hide and seek

‘Moo’ – that can’t be a bird.

Of course, it isn’t and you’re not asleep either. There they come – a long procession of cows – black, brown, white ones and the combination types. The clip clop of hooves, tinkling of bells and shouted commands of cowherds fill the air.

Men and their beasts

Men and their beasts

Splashing water, the bovines follow one another into and out of the pond – they’re just crossing over to other pastures.

A few walk along patiently while others nudge those ahead to quicken their pace. Calves stick to their mothers, trying to coax whatever milk has been left for them by human masters.

Crossing over

Crossing over

A startled purple heron flaps its huge wings and takes to the safety of a neem tree.

As they move out of sight, the noise dies down. Birds return to their routine while we decide to move on.

Birdwatchers

Birdwatchers

Walking through tall grass, I notice weaver bird nests hanging from a tree. Unfortunately, the birds have already abandoned their nests.

A clump of weaver bird nests

A clump of weaver bird nests

Anybody home?

Anybody home?

We carry on. Down the road, women are working the land.

Oddly enough, they wear men’s clothing over their own. Is it to ensure their clothes don’t soil or they just feel safer in them? I will never know because I didn’t stop to ask.

Women working in the fields of Anegundi

Women working in the fields of Anegundi

Focused on reaching the riverside before it is too late, we hurry along. As any self-respecting birder will tell you, the best time to watch birds is when they’re out looking for food.

Before we get there though, we have to go through a banana plantation.

Banana plantation Anegundi

Banana plantation Anegundi

Cross section of a banana tree trunk

Cross section of a banana tree trunk

As we enter, a harmless-looking dog emerges from nowhere. Fancying myself a dog lover, I try a polite hello. This one is clearly in no mood. He glares, bares his teeth and transforms into some kind of a devil.

This is a tough situation to be in. If you run, he will chase and if you don’t, there’s no saying when he might pounce upon you. Thankfully, the owner is nearby and he takes the dog away – we exhale….

By the time we come to the river, we have regained our composure.

The banks are a picture of serenity.

Little girls try to catch fish in their dupattas (Indian stoles), an elderly woman washes the grime of everyday labor off her sari and the sounds of worship from a temple mingle with those of a coracle rider passing by.

Fishing, anyone?

Fishing, anyone?

An every day task

An every day task

Floating down the river

Floating down the river

We don’t see too many new birds but just sitting among them makes us feel privy to some larger design of nature. It’s therapeutic.

Lemon Pansy Butterfly

Lemon Pansy Butterfly

What's up?

What’s up?

Butterfly haven

Butterfly haven

A black faced monkey

A black faced monkey (even though you can’t see its face)

Crow Pheasant

Crow Pheasant

A Robin

A Robin

Juvenile white breasted water hen

Juvenile white breasted water hen

Scaly Breasted Munia or Indian Finch

Scaly Breasted Munia or Indian Finch

Have you gone bird watching? I hope you had as good a time as we did.

Bird watching guide for Anegundi and Hampi

K Chandrashekar, our guide, contact no – +91 94814 66939

 

Bird watchers

Bird watchers

For you my dear readers, I have put together a few links that could start you off on this interesting hobby. For people who’ve already been there, done that – let me know what you’re up to now and if possible, we’ll exchange notes.

LINKS

Introduction to bird watching

More of it

When to go bird watching

Interesting facts about birds

How to identify a bird

Indian Bird calls

Books on Indian birds

Where to go bird watching in India

General info including operators offering birding tours in India 

 

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27 Comments

  1. I just realized something – that, I was with you all along!! Wow. This was very beautiful, Vibha… thanks so much for taking me along! 🙂

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  2. This has been divine. Divine. I feel I was there following along and enjoyed your step-by-step descriptions. Thank you for a marvelous start to my morning. I feel light and happy. ❤ ❤

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  3. Deb

    The birds nests and banana tree trunk are things I have never seen before, what an interesting post. I feel like I went on an exotic virtual vacation.

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