Kingfishers of Kaikondrahalli Lake.

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Located near sarjapur road Bangalore, Kaikondrahalli Lake was once a big lake. My granny who is now a retired teacher recollects how difficult it was to travel from city limits to govt school besides lake, back in 90s. Lake was full of water and vegetation and around the lake was dense, population was thin, buses were less and roads were small. Now after a decade major part of the lake has been encroached, civilization has flourished. However, the remaining part of the lake has been maintained properly. I found this lake clean and pleasant compared to other lakes in the city!

Small Blue Kingfisher, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Small Blue Kingfisher on cement pavement, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

As I entered the park I noticed atleast 3 common blue kingfishers flying from one corner of the lake to other. They sat on the cement pavements to fish.

Purple Rumped Sunbird Female, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Purple Rumped Sunbird Female

Eurasian coots, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Eurasian coots

Little Grebe, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Little Grebe

Purple Heron, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Purple Heron

The lake had other guests as well; a pretty flock of eurasian coots, few grebes, couple of more purple herons, grey herons, oriental darters, black crowned night herons, white breasted waterhen, purple swamphen. It was a healthy environment around the lake. Kids admired the birds!!

Purple swamphen with Chick, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Purple swamphen with Chick

Red-whiskered bulbul, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Red-whiskered bulbul

Painted Stork Family, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Painted Stork Family

Juvenile Painted Stork., Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Juvenile Painted Stork.

Grey Heron, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Grey Heron

Bronze winged Jacana, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Bronze winged Jacana

And now the show-stopper. Couple of Pied Kingfishers caught my attention! One landed on top of a bald tree and stayed there, it was probably waiting for fishes to come up. I kept my fingers crossed to see it's hovering while trying to fish. However, wasn't lucky enough! It flew away to a distance.

Pied Kingfisher with a crest, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Pied Kingfisher with a crest.

Pied Kingfisher with a crest, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore


Pied Kingfisher with a crest, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Pied Kingfisher with a crest, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

In-flight Pied Kingfisher.

I had to end the session as it become sunny and hot. Most of the birds flew towards the island for a shade.

I began searching for white throated kingfishers and guess what I found..?

Pair of White Throated Kingfisher, Kaikondrahalli Lake, Bangalore

Pair of White Throated Kingfisher.

Finally Kingfisher mania came to an end. For the first time I witnessed 3 types of kingfishers in the same trail.

Reaching Kaikondrahalli Lake from Banashankari: Banashankari >> Jayadeva Hospital >> BTM layout >> Central Silk Board >> Agara >> Sarjapura Road >> Total Mall >> Kaikondrahalli Lake.

Posted with: Wildlife Destinations, Birding Destinations, Bangalore

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