Bird watching in Lalbagh

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Bird watching in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens:

Cormorants at the Lalbagh Lake
Cormorants at the Lalbagh Lake
Lalbagh Botanical gardens is one of the best places in Bengaluru for bird watching and on my first visit to the gardens dedicated for bird watching I was able to spot more than 15 different species of birds. It was winter weekend in Bengaluru, and missed the alarm to wake up after dawn and by the time I reached the gardens it was 10 am and sun was in full swing, which was already late for bird sightings.
After almost an hour walking around the gardens, was able to spot only the common dwellers Myna and Parakeet. In my bucket list were the White-throated kingfisher, Little Egret, Purple Rumped Sunbird, Asian Koel, Owlet, Greater Coucal, Ashy Drongo, Common Tailorbird and some water birds.
Common Indian Myna
Common Indian Myna
Rose ringed Parakeet
Rose ringed Parakeet 

Even though the sun was high was able to spot many birds including the Black Kite, White cheeked barbet, and many species of birds around the lake and pond, including the water birds Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Indian Spot-billed duck, Cormorant, Spot Billed Pelican, along with Little Egret, Pond Heron and Grey Heron.
Black Kite
Black Kite
Purple Swamphen
Purple Swamphen
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Cormorant
Cormorant
Spot Billed Pelican
Spot Billed Pelican
Little Egret
Little Egret
Pond Heron
Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
It was already past noon and felt a bit disappointed since none of my bucket list were sighted except for the Little Egret. At this right moment came the White-throated kingfisher behind the tree branches with no leaves and right after I got a clear shot it flew away, as if it posed for me so as to not disappoint me. Well there is always next time to complete my bucket list and a reason to visit the place again.
White-throated kingfisher
White-throated kingfisher
List of birds spotted:
Common Indian Myna
Rose ringed Parakeet
Purple Swamphen
Common Moorhen
Black Kite
Cormorant
Spot Billed Pelican
Little Egret
Pond Heron
Grey Heron
White-throated kingfisher
White cheeked barbet
Indian Spot-billed duck

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