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Kaikondrahalli lake visit

Last Sunday morning, we went on a quick trip to Kaikondrahalli lake in Bangalore. Due to some other engagements, we could spend only one hour at the lake. 
Here are some photos... 







It was exciting to see a Hoopoe...


Hoopoes are colourful birds notable for their distinctive "crown" of feathers...





Grey Heron...


Grey Heron in flight...


Millets...


Little Egret...





A shy Greater Coucal...









Intermediate Egret... 









Indian Pond Heron...


Millets...


Black-headed Ibis...








Squirrel...


A Great Cormorant was seen diving in search of fish...


It succeeded in catching a big one...





Nandi Hills trek

Last Sunday, we had a ton of exercise hiking up the Nandi Hills. Located near Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a hill station perfect for a day trip with family. It is home to many beautiful birds and critters. 
Here's a photo tour of our trek...


We drove to the Nandi Hills trekking start point located at the foothills....



There are many gorgeous vineyards along the foothills...



View from the foot hills...


The 8 Kms trekking trail is of moderate difficulty. Kids breeze through when grownups like me make heavy weather of the climb...


First bird of the day was a Red-whiskered Bulbul...


There's a splatter of hills around Nandi Hills. One prominent hill is Skandagiri which is a constant sight throughout the trek...



A female peninsular rock agama lizard...


A Puff-throated Warbler was busy foraging...


A breast feeding monkey...


Another view of Skandagiri hill...


The sight of a bunch of beautiful Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily refreshed us as we reached the top...





A mug of beer as the sun rises is also refreshing after a tiring hike...


An Oriental Magpie Robin flew in and posed for a long time...














Excellent camouflage of a Rock Agama lizard. Nearly impossible to spot...



Aechmea gamosepala or the match stick plant...


A rocky hill nearby...


A monkey snatched a coke bottle from someone...


 It tried to open the cap but couldn't...


It wondered if it can poke a hole at the bottom...



Those nasty looking teeth didn't help...


When Jimi was a wee lad he picked up broom and played it like a guitar. Our monkey may one day play guitar like Jimi Hendrix...


 I photoshopped a banjo in place of the bottle...



Spring flowers...








Greenish Warbler...



Spotted Dove...



View from top...


Indian Blue Robin is a migratory bird from the Himalayas of Nepal, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. They winter in the hill forests of South India. Now that the winter is over, they will soon fly back...


Indian Blue Robin is considered one of the Old World flycatchers in the family Muscicapidae. Here you can see how its eyes light up on seeing a small fly...

























Red-whiskered Bulbul...



See how the Rock Agama lizard changes its face colour to match the orange spots on the rock...



Eumenes Dubius or potter wasp...


Show stoppers of the day were these three monkeys sleeping blissfully...


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