Hessarghatta at 6:30am December
It was more than a month i had been to birding after my Sundarbans tour, Two spots Nandi hills & Hesarghatta was on the list & finally decided on Hesarghatta, left home around 5:30am, fog all around & chilling breeze… ahhh!! fresh air after a longtime 🙂 . A drive of 30kms from home made us reach within 40mins with a stop for hot tea break on the way. Sun was not fully up & visibility was 10 feet..
Sunshine started slowly around 7:30am also the chirping of birds & at first we saw the small birds on the wet floors of this grassland
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
The best time to reach here is 7:00am or 3:45pm , Car pooling is advised , never leave your car alone & walk around when there is not much of light. We saw around 5 cars of birdwatchers & photographers , SUV’s are better option but a hatchback can also be taken here.
Pied Bushchat – Male
Pied Bushchat – Female
The lifer of day was the Common Kestrel – Female which was leisurely basking & preening in early warm sun like a woman combing her hair gracefully 😉 .
Common Kestrel – Female
Posed us for a longtime & nearly ate up half of our memory cards & flew to a new perch in search of food, cant believe it missed to catch a big grasshopper 🙂 .
We drove further to other parts of this place in search of birds, Hesarghatta is approx 360 acres comprising of grassland, lake , dry land & trees.
Black Drongo – Immature
Bay Backed Shrike
Long Tailed Shrike
Rufous Tailed Shrike
Would love to visit again but definitely during noon till evening as the light would be on betterside for photography & who knows if lucky spot slender loris 😉 till then ciaooooo…