After a long time, I stopped by Mallathahalli lake for some birding. It’s a place I was using for running, but that stopped 4 years back as the path had become overgrown. Even though most of the 2.5 Km track is cobblestones, it’s amazing how much Parthenium can grow out of the gaps!
This time I was looking specifically for one kind of bird – the rosy starling. They are winter visitors and found in huge numbers and I was inspired by this photo from zenrainman on his lovely twitter feed.
— zenrainman (@zenrainman) March 13, 2017
In case you are wondering where those birds are, that ‘cloud’ near the middle is what you are looking for.
I remember seeing these birds a few times on earlier walks around the lake. So this time, I carried the camera to see what I can get.
The next thing I noticed was the the path was clear of any kind of growth! As in really clear! I asked the cop on duty nearby if this was true of the whole path, and he nodded. I decided to walk the whole lake and see what I can manage. Turned out there was a surprising lot!
The lake water was as dirty as I remember from the last time, but unlike other lakes this has a flow, from North to South. There’s a Sewage Treatment Plant, some sewage comes untreated, and there’s an outlet for water above a particular height. This is necessary as the layout nearby is at a lower level than the lake. You can walk by the lake, and notice the water at 5 ft below you on one side, and the layout some 20 ft below you on the other. You can imagine how the lake was “developed”.
Further on, there was a longer bird flying around. Thankfully, it perched by the shore for a while, and I could take a good shot without getting too close. This is a Grey Wagtail, male, which is also a winter visitor.
As I walked on, most of the birds kept flying away from me to farther locations. They clearly weren’t used to humans walking by. Further on, I noticed a sandpiper. This is a wood sandpiper, again a winter visitor.
Among the innumerous coots that were all over the lake, I noticed one distinct kind of duck. As always, I shot first and asked questions later, which revealed that these were Garganeys. Again, winter visitors.
The surroundings of the lake were pretty green, given that this is spring, and most of the flowering trees were in full bloom. Hopefully can start running there again, soon!