A date with the migratory birds

Instead of trekking at Kumara Parvata on a winter Saturday morning, we were driving down towards Mysore for a lazy weekend get-away. Our initial plan was to go on a trek to KP and 8 of my colleagues were ready when it was announced. That was a week before the execution day. Come Friday, headcount came down to 2 – me and Shashank. As both of us had a weekend to spare, we were eying to visit lakes of Mysore* and photo-shoot the birds. Raghavendra Ananthanarayana (RA) came out with a suggestion of driving down his car. Thus began our lazy weekend.

We took our own time to reach Mysore, with a breakfast stop near Maddur. We killed time watching TV and overturning few magazines at RA’s place. Headed towards Lingabudhi lake by 3PM after lunch. A park is being maintained around the lake by forest department & we had wait for an hour out side as entry is only after 4.30PM. Straight we headed towards the other end of the lake in search of birds.
We weren’t disappointed at Lingambudhi lake. There were plenty of birds – Pelicans, Stilts, Swallows, Sandpipers. We spent a good 2 hours, witnessed a beautiful sunset and returned. Hit bed early after a sumptuous dinner as we planned for visiting Ranganatittu bird sanctuary early in the morning next day.
We got up early and were at Ranganatittu bird sanctuary by 6.30AM, but we were too early again for the second time. Sanctuary opens only at 8.30. As we had 2 hours time we went to Nimishamba temple in Srirangapatna and returned by 8.30. We hired a boat for 20 minutes. Ranganatittu is a real heaven during Jan-Mar duration. Where ever you turn, you can see plenty of flying friends. Since these birds are used to tourists and know there is no danger for them, one can go as near as 5-10 meters. It was a real treat to watch them – Painted storks, Asian open bills, Spoonbills, Night herons, River terns, Egrets etc.
After having breakfast at the sanctuary restaurant, we headed back to Mysore. After a quick visit to Jaganmohan palace museum (No photos as cameras are not allowed), we started our journey back towards Bangalore. Just as we reached Maddur, Shashank suggested a quick visit to Kokkare Bellur. Just after Maddur, we took a deviation and a bumpy travel for 12 KMs took us to Kokkare Bellur. The season had just started, again there were plethora of Painted storks & Pelicans. All of them reaching home as Sun was getting ready to retire for the day. A short roam-around, and then back to the car. Stopped for coffee at Channapatna and reached home by 8PM after a wonderful drive on Mysore road.
So that was the date with those flying friends.
* Shruthi has some nice photos of lakes of Mysore – here & here

14 Comments

  1. SrikMarch 23, 2007

    mind blowing pictures

    Well done. 🙂

    Yes, Birds are nice companions when humans fail you.

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  2. VaniMarch 23, 2007

    Super Prashanth,

    Reminded me of the MB trip to Ranganathittu bird sanctuary.

    Please keep visiting such places more often.

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  3. Prashanth MMarch 26, 2007

    Thanks Srik & Vani

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  4. shilpaMarch 30, 2007

    Looks like you guys had a productive bird-watching and bird-sooting day. Enjoyed seeing the bird pictures.

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  5. MridulaMarch 31, 2007

    Lovely pictures Prashanth, the sunset (?) by the lake looks fabulous. So is your camera back from the service center?

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  6. Prashanth MApril 2, 2007

    Thanks for the comments Shilpa

    Mridula, thanks. Camera, I’m yet to give it for service. May be this week or so.

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  7. BabaApril 2, 2007

    You have a very good eye for photographs! Wonderful!! Sundara – Manohara – chitragalu

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  8. Prashanth MApril 3, 2007

    Dhanyavaadagalu Baba 🙂

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  9. Rcon PascuaApril 4, 2007

    Fantastic pictures! anganathittu is really a superb destination for bird-watching!

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  10. Prashanth MApril 5, 2007

    Thanks Rcon Pascua 🙂

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  11. SandhyaApril 9, 2007

    Wonderful photos. I am very much Impressed by the photos of Wayanad. Even we are also planning for a trip to Wayanad next month. Dayavittu Sathi’s contact no. mail madi.

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  12. Prashanth MApril 10, 2007

    @Sandhya, thanks.

    nimma mail id nanna bali illa. payaniga at gmail dot com ge ondu mail kalisi, nimage Sathish number kalisteeni.

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  13. ShivaApril 17, 2008

    When is the best time in the year to visit Ranganatittu, so i can site Migratory birds. Good job for maintianing this blog, really fantastic.

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  14. DeepthiAugust 10, 2008

    Shiva,
    Best time seems to be between December and January, as it is the time these birds migrate here! In other times, its horrible …read this interesting stuff here!
    http://traverge.com/places/kokkare-bellur.html

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