Saturday, November 15, 2008

Birding @ Bagmane TechPark

white cheeked barbet
White Cheeked Barbet

When cooler weather makes it increasingly hard to leave ones bed in the pre-dawn hours to go birding; one wishes that the birds would be kind enough to drop by home for a photo session.

Sometimes, they do just that. We're having a good run since the last week. For a previous post on the "wildlife" at bagmane, see this post - Nature at Work

Night Heron
Night Heron

In case anyone is wondering what happened to the Pied Kingfishers, I have seen them at the other lake (near the Oracle Building (formerly iFlex).

I was rather surprised to read in the TOI that the White cheeked barbet is endangered. Check this link for the article. I also smiled to note that the barbet was "tiny", it may be small, but compared to a sunbird, its a giant :)

Verditer Fly catcher
Verditer Flycatcher

The other day, while looking at a few parakeets that were creating quite a din on the terrace, we spotted a small blue bird in the distance. A bad photo identified it as a verditer flycatcher. A few days later, the little guy obliged us with a few pictures on a sunday afternoon. It sat pensively, looking at the lake, in the bright afternoon sun. It also caught a bee a little later.

I did a little research on the Verditer FC:

Breeding season ( March - October ) Breeding grounds are in the himalayan foothills
Can be seen in Southern India from October to February, and in the north from September to March.
Diet : tiny flying insects. Birds may maintain a feeding territory.

Source :

Golden Oriole
Golden Oriole Male

The Golden Oriole is a recent discovery as is the Verditer Flycatcher. The female was also present, but sadly was more shy, and gave poses hiding behind a very distracting twig.

A little research on it:
This species O. o. kundoo has its eye stripe extending beyond the eye in the male. It is a visitor to the northern parts of India in Summer and moves southwards from August to September. Breeds - May to August.

Source : Popular Handbook of Indian Birds By Hugh Whistler

Bird List

Golden Orioles - 3
Purple Sunbird
Purple Rumped Sunbird ( M & F)
Small Green Barbets (3)
Spotted Doves (Pair)
Drogos (group of 3)
Night Herons ( 4 at a time )
Egrets (seen at the lake)
Pond Heron 1
Rose Ringed Parakeets (4)
Verditer FlyCatcher - 1
Great Tit - 2
Tailor Bird - 1
Large Pied Wagtail
Pariah Kites
Bats (large and small)
Koel (M&F)
Cormorants (several)

All the birds here are photographed on the same tree that is on the edge of the lake. I would attribute the huge numbers of birds to near by DRDO, which has extensive green cover.

PS: The Oriole and the Verditer photos have been post processed.
Next post will include details on what was done. I'm also finally learning to use Photoshop after watching Keshav use it with great success. :)

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Anonymous said...

Wow.. to have a veriter flycatcher so close to home. We had seen it in Nandi Hills just once last season.

I guess the white cheeked barbets are this common only in the south. When I was in Bombay, I have seen and heard the Coppersmith barbets quite often, but never seen the white cheeked there.

Anonymous said...

The Golden Oriole u mentioned is actually a Black naped Oriole.The eurasian golden oriole has the eyes nly black as if wearing "kajal" but in the naped oriole ie kajal extends to the back of the head even.

Unknown said...

@Satyabrata Mishra: Thank you for pointing out the id mistake on the Oriole. I realized it about a week or so after the post, when researching the migratory species, I have made the correction in later posts. The Oriole has become a frequent visitor to this tree. Oddly though, he only poses when it is over cast!

Unknown said...

Sorry about the delay in my reply. Its been a crazy month at work. Just this morning, I was delighted by a posing pair of barbets. Photos soon.

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