Lakes of Mysore

Lakes of Mysore.


We had read a lot about the beautiful lakes of Mysore. Thus we decided to halt overnight at Mysore, enroute Kabini to check out the birding scene. Very heavy showers in the morning seemed to jeopardise our plan, but after some deliberation we decided to go ahead.

Kukkarahalli lake was very close to where we were put up. When we entered the lake area, there was just one word to describe the scenery.. WOW. In single view frame there were Little Grebes, Purple Moorehens, Cormorants, Herons, Spot billed Ducks, Brahminy kites; even the Small Blue KF perched reasonably close to us. From a vantage point we looked around taking in all the activity around us. A Brahminy Kite was hovering over the lake (looking for its prey), it glided down close to the surface, one dip inside the water and up it came with a largish fish in its claws, and it made its way to the wilderness around the lake. There were other Brahminy kites also hovering around, not all were successful at fishing. There were some juvenile Brahminy Kites too (which we initially mis-identified as some Fish Eagle)

SpotBilledPelicans OrientalDarter

There is a 4km walking/jogging path around the lake. The wilderness around the path enhanced the spectacular beauty of the place. Despite the rain, we decided to walk along the path; our equipment well protected under our jackets and an umbrella. The rain stopped after we walked a few hundred meters and weather cleared up beautifully. So much that there was sunlight, albeit momentarily. The Ashy Prinia could be seen and heard almost every few steps, we also sighted the larks, sunbirds and the babblers. There were hundreds of painted storks, cormorants in their typical wing drying poses, many white ibis in flight and in water, number of kingfishers and some spot billed pellicans in clear view. At one time, we also saw a mongoose scurry past below the bund and hide into a thicket of grass.

SpotBilledDucks WhiteIbisFlight

There could have definitely been many more birds that we might have missed, but surely the lake is a treat to any bird-watcher. Even though there were not many lifers, the sheer variety of birds in one place made it a unique experience. As a souvenir, we got back a feather shed by a Brahminy Kite.

After checking out of the hotel, we made a short visit to Lingambudhi lake. Not sure if the place we reached (after asking atleast a dozen people) was actually Lingambudhi or not, but it was surely beautiful. There seemed to be channels of water instead of one single lake with many aquatic birds in each channel. The highlight was a Egyptian Vulture (juvenile) on the ground and it took off in a few minutes. With not even a single human soul around us, the beauty was all for us to enjoy.

KukkarahalliLake2 KukkarahalliLake1


Bird List:

  • Rose Ringed Parakeet
  • Purple Moorhen
  • Little Grebe
  • Spot Billed Duck
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Small Blue Kingfisher
  • WT Kingfisher
  • Grey Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Cormonant (Small/Large)
  • Black Headed Ibis
  • Darter
  • Spotted Dove
  • Ashy Prinia
  • Greater Coucal
  • RW Bulbul
  • Painted Stork
  • Pelican
  • Great Tit
  • Yellow Eyed Babbler
  • Jerdon’s Bushlark
  • Purple Rumped Sunbird
  • Night Heron
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Magpie Robin
  • White Breasted Waterhen
  • Common Coot
  • Red Wattled Lapwing
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Egrets
  • Black Drongo
  • Indian Robin






2 Responses to “Lakes of Mysore”

  1. 1 Anjali
    July 10, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Beutiful :) Luved the first pic ….

  2. August 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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