Monday, November 22, 2010

Thippagondanahalli (TG halli) biding

On our way to Masinagudi, we took a detour and landed up in TG halli for birding early in the morning.
Directions: TG halli is around 35kms from Bangalore on the Magadi road. About 4kms after Tavarekere on the magadi road, a diversion to the right downslide and then straight ahead keeping to the left will lead to the lake (Its easy to miss this diversion if you are driving fast).
Currently avoid the vijayanagar stretch and preferred is the NICE highway and get out on the Magadi road and from there its a cruise as the highway is in good shape till Magadi.
Mist all around and heavy overcast conditions welcomed us and the skies threatening to open up anytime. We drove a little inside and parked ourselves near the mud bunds. Raptors are commonly sighted here during winters and we were not dissappointed as we got to see the Tawny eagle pair and the Kestrel here.
I'm not getting into too much of writing but would rather allow the pictures to speak for themselves...

Bird checklist:
Tawny Eagle
Black Kite
Common Kestrel
River Tern
Indian Roller

Food is available at Tavarekere that may not be to the liking of everyone but would definitely suffice an hungry stomach :)
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