Date: 13th February 2015
Team Mates: M R Rajaram, M A Seshachalam
Route: By Road from Devanahalli to Hampapura
The road was filled with surprises at every step. A White-Brested Waterhen was busy along with the Yellow Billed Babblers in pecking on the grains that were spilled while loading a truck. It was wary of our presence but continued to feed boldly. There were more than five Indian Pond Herons that were on a hunt in the paddy field for small amphibians. Their concentration never wavered by our presence. The road filled with potholes led us to a tree which hosted the White-Naped Woodpecker both male and female were busy pecking on the bark and were in the lookout for the prize.
The most common winter visitor the Yellow Wagtail were being encountered several times during the journey. The basic observation was that they liked to be in company of other birds.
The sun was up and scorching by now and attracted birds such as the Black Drongo and the Long Tailed Shrike which perched the electric lines and were spotted at frequent intervals.
The next curve led us to a water body which hosted a congregation of dabbling ducks. A feast unforgettable. More than twenty Northern Pintails, two Northern Shovelers and some Garganeys were spotted. The Northern Pintails were mostly resting on the small island in the center of the lake, while the Garganeys were swimming to the edge of the lake with a mission.
As we reached Hampapura which is located at the South-Western part of the Krishnarajasagar Dam we were invited by the Three Couloured Munias. This place had two parts one which was the dam where the water was abundant and the other was a man made lake where the water came from the dam and was stored for agricultural purpose. This small lake was filled with lotuses and other water plants. As it was filled with leaves it attracted several species like the Snipe which we are yet to identify, the Bronze Winged Jacana, Pheseant Tailed Jacana and the rare Glossy Ibis. This is a birding Haven for now and we will definitely make frequent visits to make sure we have complete checklist of birds.
As we scanned the swamp we noticed the Little Ringed Plover (Adult Breeding) a bird known for its migration from Siberia and Mongolia. A Wood Sandpiper was nearby feeding in the swamp.
It was time to windup and were on our way to Mysore. As a send off party we were seen off by a pack of Finches from top of a tree.