Valley School bird watching

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Valley School bird watching:
Verditer flycatcher
Verditer flycatcher
After a long wait, I got to visit the most acclaimed bird watching spot in Bengaluru, the Valley school. It was a long drive for me about 40 km and reached the security gates by 6.45 am. I was greeted by the Greater coucal at the parking lane. There were over hundred visitors who had come for bird watching with their binoculars and camera's, proving it to be one of the most popular hotspot for bird watchers in Bengaluru.

Little information about the Valley school bird watching trek:
The Valley school is around 140 acres partially shared by the Forest lands. The school campus is fenced and visitors are not allowed inside, having said this one would be wondering where we go for birding. After entering the visitor details in the security entrance gates, one can walk around the walking track along the campus fencing. The pathway goes deep inside the forest after crossing the abandoned guest house. The thick canopies can make one loose the track. There is a small water stream inside the forest, which is said to be flowing after 4 years of drought.
Water stream inside the forest
Water stream inside the forest
The valley school is famous for a variety of rare and exotic birds, and it is believed to have spotted over 240 species of birds. What one can except while on bird watching tour in valley school are the Coppersmith Barbet, Indian Gray Hornbill, Small Minivet, Gray Junglefowl, Gray Francolin, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Laughing Dove, Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Roller, Spotted Owlet, Black-rumped Flameback, Woodpecker's, Cuckooshrike, Indian Paradise-Flycatcher, White-browed Bulbul, White-eye, White-rumped Shama, Pied Bushchat and Munia's.
Green bee-eater with its favorite prey bee
Green bee-eater with its favorite prey bee
Although I was not lucky enough to witness most of these, but I must admit the tour was very satisfying. The highlight of the tour was the spotting of three species of drongo's - White-bellied drongo, Hair-crested Drongo, and the common Black drongo. The sightings of the two drongos other than the black drongo, along with the Coppersmith Barbet, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, and Verditer flycatcher, were first time for me. Most of the birds were seen near the school campus, although inside the forest area we could hear many species of birds but it was difficult to spot them perched over the tall tree canopies.
Black-headed Cuckooshrike - female
Black-headed Cuckooshrike - female
Grey wagtail
Grey wagtail
Red whiskered bulbul
Red whiskered bulbul
Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet
Indian silverbill
Indian silverbill
Verditer flycatcher
Verditer flycatcher
Many of such huge beehives were hanging under the tree branches
Complete list of birds spotted in Valley school:
Greater Coucal-1
Common myna-3
Green bee-eater-1
Red whiskered bulbul-4
Red vented bulbul-4
Black kite-1
Coppersmith Barbet-3
White-cheeked Barbet-many
Black-headed Cuckooshrike - 1 male and 1 female
Oriental magpie robin - 1
Indian robin-2
White-bellied drongo-1
Hair-crested Drongo-1
Black drongo-1
Verditer flycatcher-1
Grey Wagtail-1
Yellow-billed babbler or white-headed babbler-4
Indian silverbill-3
Ashy Prinia-many
Purple sunbird-many
Warbler-many

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