Bird Watching on our property

 

The Garden and grounds of Bamboo Banks offer some excellent birding. Two hours in the early morning before breakfast should reveal the best part of 50 species.


The small coffee plantation behind the dining area is particularly rewarding, being home to the Indian pitta, paradise flycatcher, orange headed thrush, and Tickell’s blue flycatcher. It is regularly visited by roving parties consisting of woodpeckers, minivets, nuthatches, leaf birds, the black headed oriole, the coppersmith and the Southern endemic white cheeked barbet, together with a good variety of other species. Patience and a measure of luck may also reveal other flycatchers such as the Nilgiri and white bellied. The orange headed thrush favors the small fresh water conduit near the office building and can be joined there by the blue capped rock thrush and the Eurasian blackbird. The latter surprises Europeans who are more familiar with it in temperate London.


The flower garden near the Tank, occasionally visited by kingfishers, holds a large population of purple rumped sunbirds with the giant cherry tree in this garden hosting resident koels, with the Indian blue robin, emerald dove and blue bearded bee eater being occasional visitors.


To the North of the Coffee plantation in the field behind the stables it is easy to find two endemics of South India, the green billed malkoha and the white headed babblers. Other babblers are possibilities here, namely the Indian scimitar, the yellow eyed and the tawny bellied.


To the South of the coffee plantation the white browed bulbul and cuckoo shrikes frequent the bushes and are easier to find here than on the field to the North.


If birders find it difficult to reach the 100 mark after a day or so at Bamboo Banks, this can be rectified by a few forays to the adjacent areas such as the Marvakandi Dam, and the Singara Plantations with their large trees. The Dam has a resident population of spot billed duck and others such as cinnamon bittern, marsh harrier, and stork billed kingfisher can be seen. The Singara Road can add spangled and racket tailed drongos, fairy bluebird and crimson fronted barbet. The white bellied woodpecker, another Southern endemic, is easily found here.


At the time of writing, the vulture is making a comeback at Bamboo Banks, after nearing extinction in India, a flock of 35 white rumped vultures has recently been circling over Bamboo Banks and its nearby village of Masinagudi.


Contributed by:

LATE P.Ll Gwynn–Jones CVO,

Garter Principal King of Arms


THE FOLLOWING BIRDS WERE SIGHTED BY MISS NALLIYL AND MASTER NALLI U SATISH KUMAR AT BAMBOO BANKS AND THE SURROUNDINGS FROM THE 24TH TO 28TH MARCH 2013.
AT BAMBOO BANKS:
  • Jungle babbler
  • White Browed Wagtail
  • White browed Fantail
  • Oriental White Eye
  • Long tailed Shrike
  • Plain Flowerpecker
  • Purple Sunbird
  • Tickel’s Blue Flycatcher
  • Common Iota
  • Plum Headed Parakeet
  • Barn Swallow
  • Scarlet Minivet
  • Great Tit
  • Common Hoopoe
  • Spotted Dove
  • Yellow crowned woodpecker
  • Red Vented Bulbul
  • Red Whiskered Bulbul
  • White Browed Bulbul
  • Coppersmith Barbet
  • White Cheeked Barbet
  • Indian Robin
  • Oriental Magpie Robin
  • Brahminy Starling
  • Common Tailor Bird
  • Common Flameback
  • Asian Koel
  • Brown Capped Pigmy Woodpecker
  • Black Hooded Oriole
  • Indian Peafowl
  • Small Minivet
  • Brown Shrike
  • Marshalls Iora
  • Pied Bushchat
  • Malabar Grey Hornbill
  • Blue Bearded Bee Eater
  • Chestnut Headed Bee Eater
  • Black Kite
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Large Billed Crow
  • Common Myna
  • Nilgiri Pipit
  • Shikra
  • Dark Necked Tailor Bird
  • Lotens Sun Bird
  • Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrike
  • Common Babbler
  • Tickell’s Leaf Warbler
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Greater Coucal
  • Changeable Hawk Eagle.

BIRD’S IN THE SURROUNDINGS
  • Yellow Wattled Lapwing
  • Spot Billed Duck
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Nilgiri Wood Pigeon
  • Indian Cormorant
  • Wooly Necked Stork
  • Little Grebe
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Little Egret
  • Indian Darter
  • Indian Pond Heron
  • Indian Pitta
  • Jungle Bush Quail
  • Little Spiderchuter
  • White Throated Thrush
  • Streak Throated Woodpecker
  • Grey Jungle Fowl
  • Rufus Treepie
  • Jungle Myna
  • Malabar Parakeet
  • Bay – Backed Shrike
  • Blue Faced Malkoha
  • White Bellied Woodpecker
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush
  • Asian Fairy Blue bird
  • Indian Scimitar Babbler
  • Black Bellied Drongo
  • Bronzed Drongo
  • Small Minivet
  • White Bellied Drongo
  • Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch
  • Velvet Fronted Nuthatch
  • Jungle Owlet
  • Greater Racket Tailed Drongo
  • Lesser Yellownape
  • Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  • Shikra
  • Grey Wagtail
  • House Sparrow
  • Ashy Drongo
  • Long Billed Vulture
  • Indian Night Jar

We thank the two youngsters for sharing their list with us and hope that it encourages other enthusiastic bird watchers to come to Bamboo Banks.

Here is the list of birds seen/photographed On Bamboo Banks by Mr. R. Sriram in October 2013( We thank Mr. Sriram for sharing the same with us)

  • Changeable or Crested hawk eagle
  • Booted Eagle
  • Indian Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax vindhiana)
  • Tawny bellied babbler
  • Bar-winged flycatcher shrike
  • White-browed fantail
  • Yellow crowned woodpecker male and female
  • Brown capped Pygmy woodpecker
  • Black rumped flameback woodpecker
  • Small minivet
  • Scarlet minivet female
  • Orange minivet female
  • Bay backed shrike
  • Crested tree swift
  • White belied Drongo
  • Tickell's blue flycatcher - male and female
  • Red collared dove
  • Laughing dove
  • Black kite
  • Common hoopoe
  • Red whiskered bulbul
  • Red vented bulbul
  • White browed bulbul
  • Purple sunbird
  • Oriental white eye
  • Spotted dove
  • Eurasian collared dove
  • Scaly breasted munia
  • Indian silverbill
  • Long tailed shrike
  • Little green bee eater
  • Rufous treepie
  • Chestnut tailed starling
  • Brahminy starling
  • Oriental magpie robin
  • Pied bushchat male and female
  • Red rumped swallow
  • Common tailorbird
  • Common babbler
  • Common iora female & male
  • House sparrow male & female
  • White cheeked barbet

List of bird sighted by Mr. Dipayan Chakraborty on Bamboo Banks on 3rd and 4th October 2014
  • Common Mynah
  • House Crow
  • Jungle Crow
  • Purple Sunbird
  • Purple-rumped Sunbird
  • Ashy Wood swallow
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike
  • Collared Dove
  • Spotted Dove
  • Red-whiskered Bulbul
  • Red-vented Bulbul
  • White-browed Bulbul
  • Common Woodshrike
  • Malabar Parakeet
  • Rose-ringed Parakeet
  • Pale-billed Flowerpecker
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Crested Hawk-Eagle
  • Small Minivet
  • Brown Fish Owl
  • Oriental Magpie Robin
  • Asian Palm Swift
  • Streak-throated Swallow
  • Scaly-breasted Munia
  • Yellow-billed Babbler
  • Jungle Babbler
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Black Kite
  • Brahminy Starling
  • White-throated Fantail

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