Friday, September 30, 2011

Mandagadde during Monsoon

Monsoons spur a whole lot of life all around. Most of the birds begin to nest and breed in this season. With river Tunga flowing up to its brims, recent visit to Mandagadde during monsoons provided an opportunity to watch a whole flock of Median Egrets in action. A few had already had their family, few were trying their luck, few were busy in attracting opposite sex, few had started to build their nests.. and it goes on.... It was such a joy to watch them and time just flew by....

Here is a pictorial account of Mandagadde visit in July 2011.
Two Darters - A Silhouette

This Median Egret was on full display, with wings opened up like an old time hand fan! Watching them in the display act is simply a visual treat.

A Nest and a Family

Aiming high - A silhouette

The Habitat - well away from human reach


This one was still building its nest,

Reaching the other side of the shore with nesting material

Display board in front

Madagadde is tiny village around 30+Kms from Shimaga town towards Thirthahalli. Enroute Mandagadde you can visit Gajanur and Sakrebylu Elephant camp. Nesting season is from June to October for Egrets and Darters.

Comments are welcome as always

Deepak and Sumana


  1. Lovely pics and post, Deepak and Sumana! Enjoyed it very much. Will probably get directions from you and go soon :)


  2. Nice account, enjoyed it... But how do we go around the place? heard its accessible from the main road?

  3. Lovely Pictures.. Enjoyed reading the blog as well

  4. Thank you Deepa, Santosh, Aishwarya.

    Sure Deepa when you are planning do let us know:-)

    Yes Santosh it is right on the main road, we just have a view point there, nothing much to walk around the view point. But in summer we can probably walk alongside the river at a few places.

    Thank you.

  5. seems lovely!
    beautiful pictures!

  6. Thank you Sandeep

    Thank you Magic eye :-)


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