Jayamangali Black Buck Reserve was a long pending trip on my wishlist. Day just came as Deepa Mohan initiated a day trip & I confirmed immediately.
Jayamangali (formerly called as Maidanahalli) is in Madhugiri taluk, Tumkur district of Karnataka. This place is appox 140Kms from Bangalore where availability of food & drinking water is absolutely nill as this is rather more like a neglected place by the forest dept & as a result heavy encroachment , cattle grazing , movement of brick lorries seen inside the reserve.
As per the plan our first stop for breakfast was Dobbaspet’s “famous Thatte Idly”, but we ended up in some local joint 🙁 . It was decided to start birding in Devarayana Durga forest, esp the Yellow Throated Bulbuls enroute Maidanahalli where we visited Bhoga Narasimha Swamy temple to pickup our packed lunch(Pongal).
Bhoga Narasimhaswamy Temple- Devarayana Durga
View from summit of Devarayana Durga
Route we took was Devarayana Durga > Madhugiri > Puravara > Blackbuck reserve. I pulled out cameras as it would be a window birding & driving.
Small Blue Kingfisher
Long Tailed Shrike
Pied Bushchat – Male
Jayamangali Black Buck Reserve Entrance
Black Buck – Male
Bay Backed Shrike
Common Wood Shrike
Montagu’s Harrier – Juv
Black Buck – Female (Doe)
Black Shouldered Kite
Well it was around 5pm, we thought of returning as the sun was slowly going down. Still it was amazing to see some 20+ Green Bee-Eater Mudbathing .
Kids playing with mud while all others busy in shooting the sunset 🙂
When the photos turn to silloute ,its the time you relax a bit & think of home 🙂
Everything which was fast, noisy & bumpy ride from morning till evening suddenly turned out to be silent calm & mesmerizing as we all watched the sun going down at a distance 🙂 .
Way back we took the Maidanahalli > Madhuugiri> Tumkur Dobbaspet > Bangalore, had dinner at Kamat restaurant & reached home at 11:45pm.
Thanks for reading folks…. 🙂