Lalbagh, in Bangalore is one of the biggest ecological parks created by man. It dates back to the period of Hyder Ali who first created this park. It was created along the lines of the Mughal gardens which were gaining popularity during his period.
There are quite a few interesting information about the Lalbagh and loads of stats about the flora it boasts to contain – in fact the largest collection of rare plants in the Indian subcontinent.
My interest in Lalbagh through was a bit different on the 31st of January. I set out to Lalbagh quite early – around 6 am for bird watching, without having any experience in it and having no company to guide me.
When it entered the park, it was about 6:15am and Bangalore being a cold place, it was quite dark then. I just wandered around for sometime listening to the sounds of birds and trying to figure out if I can see any. But nothing was visible to my sight at that time, but could sense that it is a haven for a huge variety of birds!
I walked along the length and width of the park, reached the lake in the park, which had some pelicans, egrets, cormorants and ducks of course. Took stock of the place and kept moving observing various sounds made by birds, though unable to place them.
Once the light came, I decided to get started with photographing whatever birds I can and I think I was fairly successful. Later I was also helped by a few veterans in bird watching in identifying a couple of birds that was unable to identify.
Here is the list of birds that I was able to spot.
Asian Koel - Female
Asian Koel - Male
Chestnut Tailed Starling
Rose Ringed Parakeet
Spot Billed Pelican
SunbirdWhite Browed Wagtail
White Cheeked Barbet
White Throated Kingfisher
I wish I had the company of an experienced bird watcher so I could have understood the behaviour of these birds and who knows, could have spotted a few more as well.
I am hoping to get one more chance for a bird watch, but this time with some experienced people. Would any experienced birder like to join me?