Maddur – Ramanagara
With a family function scheduled at the Holekere Narasimhaswamy temple near Maddur, it was an opportunity for some birding around the region. The temple complex also houses a temple for Lord Srinivasa and it’s located next to the stream (that is a tributary of river Cauvery).
Off the busy chaotic Mysore Bangalore highway, this place is real secluded and a haven for birding as me and raja realized. Well, I was not in the best time of the day but still had some good birding opportunities around.
The stream hosted a flock of Open billed Storks, Purple Moorhen, Herons, Cormorants and the White breasted Kingfisher with abundance of food available to them and little human disturbance.
Back near the temple, there is a peepal tree that hosted plentiful of birds to watch for. Chestnut tailed Starling and the Coppersmith Barbets were the highlights of this place. All credit to Raja who was tracking the activities of the Coppersmith for long and made me aware of the same, else I would have never followed it :) Kudos mate!
Well after the event here, we drove towards Ramanagara where we got to a pair of juvenile Eurasian Eagle Owls and a distant sight of the highly endangered Long Billed Vulture with its juvenile.
A very short family function at a distant location spiced up with some mean personal intentions thrown in between :)
List of sightings:
Chestnut tailed Starling
Open billed Stork
White breasted Kingfisher
Oriental White eye
White cheeked Barbet
Purple rumped Sunbird
Red Whiskered Bulbul
Long Billed Vulture
Eurasian Eagle Owl