Bird watching 10th Sep 2011

Bird watchers are requested to assemble at the gazebo at Puttenahalli Lake (near MLR Convention Hall, Brigade Millennium) by 7 a.m. on Saturday, 10th Sept. 2011. Prasanna Vynatheya, an avid bird watcher and PNLIT Trustee, will lead the group. Bring along your binoculars and drinking water. 

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10th Sep 2011

Today's bird watching at Puttenahalli Lake was a huge success. At least 30 people had come on this inaugural bird watching. One family came from Jayanagar 4th Block because their little daughter is fascinated with birds and someone had told them about our outing! The very first people to come though were TV9 cameramen and reporter! We asked how they got to know about the bird watching and they said simply that "they have their sources." From 7 a.m. to about 8.30 a.m., they filmed the lake, the birds, the bird watchers and wanted to know how PNLIT ever thought of organizing a bird watch in an urban area! Well, we want to share with everyone the excitement of our lake thriving and attracting so many birds and butterflies. 

The TV9 report will be telecast tonight between 10 and 10.30 in both Kannada and English channels. 

Our inhouse bird expert, Prasanna Vynatheya and two of his friends, Vishnu and Khusro (the one with the huge lens and camera in the photo) pointed out the various species of birds to an engrossed crowd. 

Children were busy taking down notes and adults were scanning the sky and the water, eager to spot a bird before the others! Some of the new birds that the experts sighted were Little Blue Kingfisher (see a beauty in this link: http://www.walkthewilderness.net/2010/08/monsoon-birding-with-small-blue.html), Little Grebe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Grebe) also called Dabchick, Cormorant and of course, our more or less permanent residents the Coots, the Swamp Hens, the Bronze-Winged Jacanas, the Spotted-Bill Ducks and the shy Purple Herons. 

All in all, a very satisfactory beginning to the weekend. 




    Photos taken by participants 
                           Sanjay M. 
                           Harish Mahendrakar                        
                           Sudhir Singh