Bird race 2011 was a great successful event held in Bangalore on 16th January. There were more than 40 teams and 40 Individuals went around the bangalore and found more than 150 spices of Birds in a day. I also had formed a team called ” Brahmhy Kite” Me, Sarthak Singhal, Jeevan and Harsha.
Previous day we all met in Jayanagar Hotel sipping a hot coffee and discussed the plan. Decided to meet at Jayadeva Flyover by 5.30 AM. Morning we started our day 6am towards Bannerghatta. First visited the Zoo area behind the Bannerghatta Busstand. Early morning birds have just started there day and we had the count in. Climb the small hill , there were lots of Bul Buls preaching on trees. We suggested by a local that there is a big banyan tree and may birds can found. We step towards searching that tree and found a gigantic Banyan Tree. Only we could here the birds preach and Tiger roar from the near by veterinary hospital of zoo. In this tree we found the Spotted Owlet and other birds. Later we had visited Beegi Halli Lake. There we found many Darters, Ducks, and an Pied Kingfisher, Brahmhy Kite.. Next we started our last route for birding, Bannerghatta – Kaggalipura road 23 Kms. On the road we found many birds, one of the water body was a CRPF camp and not allowed. On the road there was a small fruit tree and found may Barebets preeching and Golden orientel eye also. On the road many Black kites found flying. We reached the Kanakapura road and decided to reach back to BG Road via NICE to avoid the city traffic. At this time we were very hungry and went to Arakere Adigas hotel for Lunch. later last place of our day Madivala tank. An big lake inside the city with drainage water. Very sad to see such a big lake with polluted water. Its a house for many water and migratory birds. We could saw only few Pelicans and other than Cattle Egret, purple swamp hen, Grey heron, etc..at end our count for the day was 64 bird species. Finally grand ceremony at Hotel orchid Manipal center and dinner. Finally the great bird race 2011 came to end.
(c) Ramesha JS