Republic day was awesome as a group of birding friends decided Gulakmale as the destination for the day. Gulakmale is a small village near Kaggalipura of South Bangalore off kanakapura road. This place is accessible both from Kanakapura Road & Bannerghatta road. My route was through Kanakapura road ( Chamarajpet > K.R Road > Banashankari temple > Thalaghattapura > underpass Nice road flyover > Art of living & from there approx 4kms Kaggalipura > Ask for Bannerghatta road in Kaggalipura which is a left turn at the traffic T junction on the Kanakapura main road, > around 2kms you’ll pass Gulakmaale Govt School on right side & from there 1 Km you’ll get a “Y” junction> Take LEFT & not the right which goes to bannerghatta > ask for Gulakmaale kere (tank) & take left turn which is a mud road & drive down around half km which leads to Gulakmaale tank bund).
Gulakmaale Tank Bund
Birding around the tank & nearby places by walk is good & you will see many species of birds, few meters on the road next to bund leads to a small bridge & then to the water area.
Sunrise at Gulakmaale
Red Vented Bulbul
Yellow Eyed Babbler
A passing by villager tipped us to visit a place called Thottikallu Falls (TK falls) which is around 2Kms from the Gulakmaale tank & told that many more birds could be spotted there.
Dried Weed on a old building near the TK Falls
I dint saw many birds here as it was 11:00am already, but i am planning to visit this patch again much early next time & cover some water bodies too on the way. Others from our group spotted many flycatchers around this falls area, but my finally photo was this Fresh water crab.
Some tourist caught this crab from the water flowing area & brought it to ground, we took some photo graphs & the crab made gestures like children do 😀 ( lift to carry) , we then quickly lifted it, released back to water & left for home.