This one is a bit overdue, a week actually. Recently it appears I’m unable to stay in bed on Sunday morning. Last week I read about an outing by this bird-watching group called BNG Birds at Hebbal Lake on Sunday the 7th of Feb. I’m not much of a birding enthusiast but it’s something you inadvertently pick up being a regular trekker and you miss it once taken away. So I boarded the 402 from Yelahanka at 6.30am and was off.
On reaching Esteem mall in Hebbal I waited by the lake for the group to turn up. I know realize I was waiting on the wrong side of the lake that morning. Such errors are by now second nature to me. :p
So I set off from the highway down towards the lake shore with a camera for company. I’d borrowed my housemate Santra’s Cannon SX10 for the morning considering I’d need the 20x zoom for bird shots. The results weren’t too pleasing though. Can’t wait for my SLR to reach Bangalore, it’s currently rotting in Mumbai.
I made my way down the path with the lake to my left and the nullah to my right, both providing a fair number of sightings. My ears were constantly filled with chirping and squabbling sounds. I started off with the usual sights of Herons, Drongos, Egrets etc. But the further I went the more the novelty factor multiplied. At the lake’s western tip there is a slightly isolated body of water and surrounded by thicket. This spot made my day. It was overcrowded with spot-billed ducks, Cormorants, Moorehens, Ibises and God knows what else. None of the inhabitants could escape the eyes of the local Marsh Harrier.
What is surprising is the diversity of life present here despite of the high level of toxicity of the water and presence of solid waste. I’m seriously considering being part of any clean-up drive in the area.
And to sum up the morning a pair of s Pelicans made their appearance. Too bad I couldn’t get a decent shot though. A pretty pleasant experience overall. The trail is about 2.5k to & fro. The terrain is uneven & hard to maneuver at times but I’d still rate it as easy. A decent morning walk for anyone who has feet & knows how to use them.
Co-ordinates for Hebbal lake: 13° 2′ 48″ N, 77° 35′ 12″ E
The View from the road.
An egret basking in the early light. My first half-decent shot.
A Pied Wagtail by the lake side.
Irony, need I say more.