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Bird watching in the heart of human habitation

USHA RAJAGOPALAN, 10 Sep 2011

Bird watching at Puttenahalli Lake today was a huge success. At least 30 people attended. 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 am to about 8.30 am, 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 (with a huge lens and camera) 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 Little Grebe also called Dabchick, new 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. 


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