Birds of Bangalore

Bangalore may be an urban sprawl, but a few lakes and green areas in the city and forests surrounding the city are homes to birds of many varieties. And come winter, many large beautiful birds like Pelicans and painted storks fly into the city. And so do many smaller migrants like Ashy Drongos, Yellow Wagtails and many more.

Lalbag and Hebbal Lake are probably the most known bird hotspots of the city. There are other places like Madiwala Lake, Cubbon Park where bird enthusiasts hang around.

A Rose Ringed Parakeet at Hebbal Lake

Go out of town and there are plenty of places of interest for birdwatcher. valley school area, Nandi Hills, Many lakes of Kanakapaura road, Puttenahalli lake beyond Yelahanka, Devarayanadurga are just a few names that I can recall, but there are so many places that you can spend a whole year visiting these places.

A Plain Prinia on Kanakapura Road

Indian Rollers are among the pretty birds you can find outside the city

If you are one of those interested in birds but not sure how to start, Bangalore has a bunch of bird enthusiasts who can help you. Every second Saturday, they meet in Lalbag in the leadership of city’s well known ornithologist Dr. M.B.Krishna, and study the birds in the area. So all you have to do is be there in Lalbag in the morning and you will be helped by experts to identify and understand bird.

A Coppersmith Barbet

You can also catch the group online, know outing schedules, ask questions and know of new things by joining the mailing list at bngbirds. Birds may seem alien first, but those who start learning about them really get hooked. Try it, I know you will like it!

11 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

    Hey Arun!
    Yup, do like bird watching. Came across some pretty ones in the Orange County resort. BTW, nice photography, buddy!

  2. manuka (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

    Great photos. Can I know which camera & lens you use to get these stunning details. Obviously, I realise you are a good photographer too. I’ve been wanting to take pictures of birds, but cant decide on a SLR or Digital one.

  3. Dr Vivek M (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

    beautiful pictures Arun! The parakeet is simply awesome!

  4. silkboard (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

    V good pics Arun! Liked Indian Roller with sky blue background the best.

  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

    very nice post, and great snaps, like the Coppersmith Barbet most. keep going!!

  6. Truth Fairy (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 11:52 pm

    Ranganthittu is the best place for bird watching! :-)

  7. anita (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    nice collection arun! like the indian roller, the blue of his body and the sky are the same shade of blue :)

  8. Arun (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    Thanks folks.

    manuka, you will need a digital SLR and a good telephoto lens for shooting birds.

  9. Chitra (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    What wonderful pics! Do you have a Nikon DSLR? Pl let me know. I will check out the mailing list too. Thanks! The Indian Roller pic is stunning. :)

  10. Prashanth (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    lovely bird photos, Arun

  11. Arun (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    Thanks Prashanth.

    Chitra, I use a Canon 350D

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