Since I started birding Ganeshgudi was one of my dream destinations . It was a nail biting start for me as I managed to board the train five mins before it started. I had missed to notice that the boarding point was City which was pretty far from my house, I was so desperate that I let Kannan drive as fast as he could. Lakshmi, Deepa, Mohan ,Yash , Harish , Sugandhi and me took the Rani Chennama Express to Londa.From Londa we took a cab to reach Old magazine house Ganeshgudi.
When we reached there and started unpacking our bags, the bird show started and this lasted till we left this place.The Jlr staff here are very knowledgeable and help us in birding. I did not expect to see so many rare birds at such close quarters. Many sightings are etched in my memory.The Naturalist there Mr.Joma helped us in identifying the birds and advised us to stay near the bird bath to see the birds .
White bellied blue flycatcher and brown cheeked fulvetta having bath in the same bird bath.
When we sat down to have lunch this Malabar whistling thrush came to pose for us. This was my first sighting of this beautiful bird.It stood and sang for us. It was a mind-blowing display of music and beauty.Believe me you can never have your meal at a stretch ,with so many birds coming to this bird bath .
This dainty looking emerald dove stole our hearts.
This fig tree was a magnet for birds,this Eurasian golden oriole was feeding on this fig, no wonder its lips is the colour of the fig.
I have always wondered how this paradise fly-catcher will reach its tail for preening itself, this one cleared my doubt by having a dip in the bird bath and preening itself.
This delicate female of the white bellied fly-catcher came to have its bath .
This blue capped rock thrush enthralled us with its display.The blue capped rock thrush, white bellied blue fly-catcher and the emerald dove were declared common species as all our team members had many good clicks .
The dark fronted babbler preening itself after its bath.
Frankly speaking my heart lost a few beats seeing this veriditor fly-catcher come and have bath .
The Indian Pitta put up a show for us. We saw it mostly on the ground and it sat for a short while on the bird bath to take a sip.
Racket tailed drongo comes to the birdbath to have a sip of water. Never expected that I would see this one so close.
It was past afternoon after this enthralling session of birding some of us decided to rest,Some went back to the rooms to take a nap.I took a long trek to see more birds,all we saw was a racket tailed drongo and a veriditer fly-catcher,little did we realise that we would see them in the later afternoon at the bird baths . I wanted to lie on the hammock and savour the sounds of the trees and the birds, But the birds there never let you rest.Lying on the hammock, I spotted a heart spotted woodpecker , a velvet fronted nuthatch and a racket tailed drongo. I still remember the sounds of the hornbills , they sound so human as if somebody is giggling , really we started giggling at our own jokes .
We found the white bellied blue fly catcher come to the bird bath more frequently than the other birds,One of us passed a witty comment ” No wonder that its belly has turned white as it keeps coming every now and then to have bath” !!.
Towards late evening we had a good spread for dinner and a bonfire ,we were entertained by two very good singers Dr. Sugandhi and Deepa Mohan.
It was a memorable trip for me , Want to be back soon to Ganeshgudi with the same group again.