Birding at Bhairasagara lake

9:45 PM

Birding at Bhairasagara lake:

Indian Roller in flight
Indian Roller or Indian Blue Jay in flight
Last weekend of February and the end of the winter, headed north to Bhairasagara lake in Chikkaballapura dist. This is another less explored destination for birding. Apart from birding the lake is a wonderful tourist destination for a long drive from Bengaluru.
By the time I reached the place it was past 11 am and the sun was too harsh for bird watching. Although was not able to spot any waders and waterfowls, but was able to spot some new species of birds including the state bird of Karnataka, the Indian Roller (ನೀಲಕಂಠ). My long awaited bird to be captured with my camera was finally accomplished.
Indian Roller - the state bird of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha
A short walk around the lake, I was able to spot a group of Wire-tailed Swallow's, a pair of Indian Robin and a pair of White-browed Wagtail from a near distance. Along with the Wire-tailed Swallow and a large group of Pipit and a pair of Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark were a first time sighting for me.
Wire-tailed Swallow
Wire-tailed Swallow
White-browed Wagtail juvenile
White-browed Wagtail juvenile
Indian Robin male (left) and female (right)
Pipit sp.
Pipit sp.
Green Bee-Eater perched with the sun light shining on its back
Red-vented Bulbul sitting on the tree with fruit in bill
Red-vented Bulbul sitting on the tree with fruit in bill

Complete list of birds spotted around the lake and the main road:
Indian Roller
Wire-tailed Swallow
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark
Indian robin
White-browed Wagtail
Green bee-eater
Large gray babbler
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Indian Pond-Heron
Ashy prinia
Purple sunbird
Black Drongo
White-throated Kingfisher
Rose-ringed Parakeet
and the commonly found birds Pigeon, Crow, and Myna.

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