Bannerghatta.

When time stood still and I lost a shoe.

In 1974, Bannerghatta (in Karnataka, India) was declared a National Park. In 2002, part of the park was declared a Biological Park (I sense you about to question the difference, and I urge you to move on). In 2017, I visited the park. Squashed in a smelly bird hide for hours, impersonating a statue and muscles screaming in protest , I practiced wildlife photography with the pros. I lost a pair of shoes in shrapnel rain and whiplash winds. Luckily my preparations have consisted of a ratty trekking pact, containing several changes of clothes and shoes to accommodate whatever weather nature might suffer from. The only thing I can conclusively say I learned that weekend, was that camera lenses can be successfully used in weight training. 

Red Spurfowl - nature's runways models! Endemic to South India, this pheasant is deceptively plump and slow moving © Nisha DSouza

Red Spurfowl – nature’s runways models! Endemic to South India, this pheasant is deliciously plump and slow moving © Nisha DSouza

A Red-vented Bulbul trying to play it cool © Nisha DSouza

Red-whiskered bulbul - angry bird for life! © Nisha DSouza

Red-whiskered bulbul – angry bird for life! © Nisha DSouza

White-browed bulbul © Nisha DSouza

A White-browed bulbul debating whether to throw its diet out the window © Nisha DSouza

A White-browed bulbul in all its feathery glory © Nisha DSouza

Coming in for the kill! White-browed bulbul © Nisha DSouza

A White-browed bulbul coming in for the landing © Nisha DSouza

A Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher just waking up © Nisha DSouza

An Oriental White-eye © Nisha DSouza

An Oriental White-eye standing small © Nisha DSouza

That look when you know you’re being stalked.. © Nisha DSouza

rior to our plodding all over his contemplations, this chap was probably thinking about youth, beauty, the vastness of being and the inherent difficulties of living on a rock with the occasional visiting pachyderm. Or maybe he was thinking about cake. Or maybe I'm thinking about cake!

Prior to our plodding all over his contemplations, this chap was probably thinking about youth, beauty, the vastness of being and the inherent difficulties of living under a rock occasionally visited by pachyderms. © Nisha DSouza

Some kind of lizard... © Nisha DSouza

Some kind of baby lizard… © Nisha DSouza

Squirrel friend going to town on that papaya! © Nisha DSouza

This chap is called a domino bettle because he looks like pizza! © Nisha DSouza

This critter is called a domino bettle, because its resembles pizza =P © Nisha DSouza

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2 thoughts on “Bannerghatta.

  1. Superb…as always!

    In magical pix and mirthful words
    You paint for us, O wizard
    Portraits of most delightful birds
    And even an odd meditative lizard
    :)

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