Month: July 2022

Birdwatching at Saul Kere – 3 July

Saul Kere

A few weekends back, I finally visited a lake that I have been wanting to for a while. Located off Sarjapur Road, Saul Kere is a medium sized lake that is still, thankfully, untouched by the blight of modern development. The natural landscape with abundant greenery on and around the lake is host to numerous species of birds. A checklist of birds I saw over the course of a couple of hours is below:

  1. Little Grebe
  2. Great Cormorant
  3. Little Cormorant
  4. Darter
  5. Spot-billed Pelican
  6. Purple Heron
  7. Grey Heron
  8. Black-crowned Night Heron
  9. Indian Pond-Heron
  10. Cattle Egret
  11. Median (Intermediate) Egret
  12. Little Egret
  13. Glossy Ibis
  14. Spot-billed Duck
  15. Brahminy Kite
  16. White-breasted Waterhen
  17. Common Moorhen
  18. Purple Moorhen
  19. Common Coot
  20. Bronze-winged Jacana
  21. Pheasant-tailed Jacana
  22. Spotted Dove
  23. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  24. Asian Koel
  25. White-breasted Kingfisher
  26. Small Bee-eater
  27. Coppersmith Barbet
  28. Lesser Golden-backed (Black-rumped Flameback) Woodpecker
  29. White-cheeked Barbet
  30. Black Drongo
  31. Ashy Woodswallow
  32. Common Myna
  33. Jungle Myna
  34. Indian (Rufous) Treepie
  35. Jungle (Large-billed) Crow
  36. Red-whiskered Bulbul
  37. White-headed (Yellow-billed) Babbler
  38. Plain Prinia
  39. Ashy Prinia
  40. Streaked Fantail-Warbler
  41. Pied Bushchat
  42. Tickell’s (Pale-billed) Flowerpecker
  43. Large Pied (White-browed) Wagtail
  44. Purple-rumped Sunbird
  45. Spotted (Scaly-breasted) Munia

Mangalore Road Trip: Day 5 – Drive back

We enjoyed a leisurely and delicious home-cooked breakfast kindly served by our homestay hosts on the last day of our Mangalore trip. After packing, we left Mangalore around 11 am. My plan was to take the Charmadi Ghat route, but a wrong turn meant that we ended up coming back the way we had traveled to Mangalore – along the Shirady ghat road.

The drive back was comfortable, We stopped for lunch at the same restaurant we had stopped previously – the Ossoor. After a break for evening snacks and coffee, we reached home around 9 PM. Thus ended a short but enjoyable road trip to a beautiful part of our country.