Hebbal Lake

Chitra’s post on Sankey Tank inspired me to write about Hebbal Lake. And the timing was just perfect, as I had visited the lake only 3 days ago. A bunch of us had gone there to try our luck in photographing birds. We did not find too many birds that day, but still managed to catch a few of them through the camera.

Morning at Hebbal Lake

It was nearly a year since I visited the lake last year. I was surprised to see the changes there. Water Hyacinth had concurred nearly half of the lake surface and if it is left as is for another 6 months, might eat up the entire lake. The walkway to the left of the gate and the gardens have remained intact, though regular maintenance doesn’t seem to be happening.

A Purple Moorhen walks on Water Hyacinth

This spotted dove was just waking up!

The lake is now under renovation work taken up by the Oberoi Group. They have planned recreation facilities in the lake area, including an open air restaurant and boating facilities. It could be a nice thing to have, but these activities unfortunately mean that our feathered friends will have to say good-bye to the lake.

7 Comments so far

  1. famus (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    nice pictures, arun

  2. Chitra (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:20 am

    Nice pics, Arun. I have lived fairly close to this lake for most of my years in Bangalore. Water Hyacinth always conquer the lake and then disappear. Coming to think of it, I wonder if they wait for it to fill up the lake and then do something about it!!? Not sure, but the hyacinth is a very common sight here.

    The restaurant would be nice, but the boating may be hazardous to the birds and fish!

  3. NAREN (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    The Lakes are disappearing in bangalore. There were lots of lakes in and around bangalore. Now, we can find very few. Thanks for the bloggers for posting with Pics. Kindly Preserve it cozz in future u can tell to children that there was a lake called Hebbal, and lake called Sankey Built by an Britisher!!!!

    Look at Yediyur Lake, which has become like Pond. There was an huge lake called Kempaboodhi Kere in Basvangudi now it has turned into small Park. Oh God Save Bangalore!!

    Can anyone remember the Vrishabavathi River in bangalore. Yes River in Bangalore!! Now it is Turned into an Drainage!! The Facts goes on..

    The New Corporate initiatives by some companies are Welcome. Hope it will not exploited commercially!!

  4. Arun (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:04 am

    Thanks Famus.

    Chitra, I think they are supposed to start some restoration work at the lake. There was a sign saying that.

    Yes Naren, Yediyur lake will probably die in a few years.. Thats very sad.

  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    Wow, nice post!!

    Like the purple Moorhen snap…

  6. rubic_cube (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    Which camera?

  7. Arun (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    Thanks Rajesh.

    It is a 350D, RC.

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