Archive for March, 2009

Maidenahall Blackbuck Reserve – Sighting

I was eager and was looking all around and so was Jerry and we couldn’t spot any living object. We went past the watch towers (Observation points) and a few yards after the gate we saw some locals working on some construction. I approached one f them and asked him where I can spot Jinkaes(Deer). He immediately pointed his hand and there they were, grazing at a distance. I asked him if the existing mud road would lead to a spot closer to them and he said yes. We managed to drive our way across the parched landscape and came at shooting range and clicked a couple of snaps. The herd consisted of a dominant male guiding a bunch of 5 female deers and a couple of calves. They were curious ‘bout us and kept their eyes on us all the time.


The terrain stopped us from proceeding further and we decided to head back to the observation tower to have an early lunch. It was around 12:10 PM. We had a leisurely lunch at the second tower, which was higher that the first one. We were discussing if we will ever get a close up of the Blackbuck and to our luck a lone stag, who was lost in his own world was lethargically passing just a few feet away from the observation tower and he didn’t even notice us. We maintained complete silence and managed to get a series of shots. He moved in to the bushes and we decided to follow him. We tried tracking him but he disappeared into the woods. We came back and thought of taking a nap in the car, which did happen but I also  managed to have some personal time with Jerry.
   

It was around 2 PM and we decided to go on a second round and this time luck was on our side. A few yards before the gate I spotted a fox which immediately took refuge in a nearby burrow. We waited for a while to get a shot but it was in vain. We moved ahead and spotted another group and were able to get some decent shots. Heading further we came across a small watering hole and spotted a Red-wattled Lapwing. I stepped out of the car and was able to manage a couple of snaps without scaring the bird.

We spotted a small herd further away from the watering hole and now it was Jerry’s turn to show her skills with the camera. I picked up the video cam and started recording the event. She was able to manage some good snaps and after a while the herd started to flee. I tried another path hoping to intersect the herd further ahead and was able to get there in time for some lovely snaps. Having had a good share of Blackbucks we decided to head back to B’lore . A few yards after the ghat Jerry spotted a stag, he stood there and posed for a couple of snaps. All of a sudden he turned around and fled, cause a villager approaching on his bicycle.

                

There goes our last Blackbuck…

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Climax pending 🙂

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Maidenahalli Blackbuck Reserve – On the way

Our last getaway was during the beginning of this year and we were getting bogged down with the daily activities of life. My wife (JerryJerrygoing forward) feels that most of my time at home is gobbled up by my comp i.e. Internet and I don’t spend enough time with her. I cannot really contradict that, but hey, she also spends a lot of her time blogging away. That incidentally, has become a great stress buster for her and her blog posts are really captivating. Please don’t think that I am singing praises of my lovely Jerry it’s a fact. Coming back to the topic of me spending a lot of time on the internet, in this case proved really helpful I found our next weekend getaway spot “Maidenahalli Blackbuck reserve”. I can bet most of the Bangloreans wouldn’t be aware of this place, – well, I wasn’t :). It’s not even mentioned in any of the travel guides that I have perused. I should thank Rohini for share the photographs of the place, which are just amazing. She also had a detailed route map, which really helped. Inspite of all this, we did lose our way in a couple places.

Maidenahalli is around 130 kms by road from Bangalore through Tumkur and there are a couple of ways through which you can get there. 130 Kms and the way I drive I thought that if we leave at around 6AM we should be able to reach the place around 10.30AM including one pit stop for breakfast. The alarm was set for 5AM. I woke up suddenly realizing that I hadn’t charged the batteries for the camera (still & video) and instantly sprang out of the bed. It was 4 AM and that gave us a lot of time to get ready. Did I tell you that Jerry’s amazingly laid-back? Oh – She is. We finally left around 6.30 AM. We were traveling from KR Puram and decided to go through the city (my shortcut) rather than taking the outer ring road. There wasn’t much traffic on the roads and we reached Kamath around 9 AM. There was a small play area there and the compound wall which was close to 25feet high had a lot of holes in it and few Mynas had turned them into their nests.

We left Kamat and stopped immediately at CCD to pack our lunch. On the way Jerry was worried ‘bout the food being stale and us being stuck with no lunch. I  reassured her and we kept moving and managed to lose our way near an under construction over-bridge. I think we would have traveled at least 15 Kms out off track and finally thought of seeking some help from the local people, who were really very helpful. We spotted quite a few birds and the Green Bee Catchers were predominate. With great effort I managed to get a couple to shots and this inspite of their quick flying skills. We continued our journey aross a beautiful sunflower field and finally reached the reserve at around 11:30 AM and it was hot

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To be continued …..

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